Child Life Option

Help develop a child's future

Our child life emphasis option prepares you to pursue a career as a child life specialist. Child life specialists work as members of the pediatric health care team who focus on the emotional and developmental needs of children by using play and other forms of communication that help reduce the stress of the health care experience for children and their families. This emphasis area also will prepare you to work in med-camps and grief support groups.

Four-year degree plan sample schedule

This is a model four-year degree plan. Your path to graduation may vary slightly based on factors such as college credit you earned while in high school, your choice of general education electives, and placement in English and mathematics. See undergraduate catalog for complete listing of courses. This degree program can be completed in eight semesters.

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The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
ENG 110 Writing I 3
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 3
CFD 160 Principles of Development in Early Childhood 3
CFD 155 Principles of Human Development 3
CFD 150 Introduction to Child and Family Development 1
Total hours15

Second semester (spring)

COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
GEC 106 - BIO 110 or BIO 110 & BIO 111, Child Life Students: BMS 110 4
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
CFD 163 Relationships in Today's Families 3
CFD 110 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
Total hours15

Third semester (fall)

HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877 3
GEC 116 Public Affairs - Public Issues 3
CFD 305 Multicultural Studies in Child and Family Development 3
GEC 112 Human Cultures - The Arts 3
Content area coursework 3
Total hours15

Fourth semester (spring)

PSY 101 Psychology for Personal Growth 3
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
GEC 115 Public Affairs - Cultural Competence 3
Content area coursework 3
Total hours15