Requirements and Details

Foundation/Prerequisite Courses

The foundation courses a student must fulfill is determined by the chairperson’s review of the student’s undergraduate coursework, professional work experience with children and the score of the writing assessment. If foundation courses are needed, they must be among the first courses taken (unless approved by the chairperson).

Code Course Title Units
EDUC 350 Child Psychology Class 1-4
EDUC 353 Child Family & Community 4
EDUC 354 Observation & Assessment Practicum (Requires 50 hours) 4
SPED 401 Assessment Education Specialist Professionalism 3
EDUC 451 Infant/Toddler Group Care & Curriculum 4
EDUC 452 Parenting Theory in Cultural Contexts 4
EDUC 454P Child Development Practicum 4
ASCD 550 Human Development 3
ASCD 558 Cognition & Brain Development 3
Total Program: 37-40 semester hours for M.S.
30 semester hours for Child Life Certificate
Core Courses:
Code Course Title Units
ASCL 504 Research Methods 3
ASCL 530 Child Life Administration and Program Development 3
ASCL 530A Multi-Cultural Family Centered Care 3
ASCL 530C Outreach and Technology for the Child Life Educators 3
ASCL 530H Effects of Disease and Injury on the Hospitalized Child, Part A 3
ASCL 530I Child Life Assessment, Preparation and Medical Terminology 3
ASCL 530M Helping Children Cope in the Health Care and Medical Setting 3
ASCL 530S Development Issues of Greiving 3
ASCL 530T Pediatric Educational and Therapeutic Interventions 3
ASCL 553F Child Life Internship I 3
ASCL 553P Child Life Internship II 3
Elective: ASCL 599 Child Life Independent Study (with approval of the Chairperson) 1-4
Culminating Activity 3 semester hours
Code Course Title Units
ASCL 596 Graduate Seminar 3

Admission Requirements for Child Life Masters and Child Life Certificate:

  1. A personal interview (in-person interview for local students; by telephone for non-local students; by email interview for international stu- dents. This interview must be successfully completed before any other application materials will be accepted.
  2. In addition to the requirements and application materials listed in the Graduate Admission section of this catalog, the following are required:
    1. A GPA of 2.75 or above with a required GPA of 3.0 or above for the last 60 semester units of undergraduate study. A GPA of 3.0 for any graduate study.
    2. 3 letters of reference, one personal, one educational, and one professional
    3. A professional resume
    4. A written letter of intent/purpose that includes a clear statement of short-term and long-term professional goals and explains the applicant’s motivation in seeking admission to the program.
    5. English and writing assessment.

*The field experience is typically completed within one academic year but shall be completed within no more that two consecutive academic years.
e. English and writing assessment

Prerequisites for full admission to the M.S., Child Life Program and to complete a Child Life Certificate:

  1. 15 semester hours or 5 courses in Child Development or related fields approved by the M.S., Child Life Chairperson.
  2. 1to 2 years of professional work experience in educational institutions or related institutions approved by the M.S., Child Life Chairperson.
  3. In-hospital visitation by the prospective candidate.
  4. A writing assessment with the chairperson.