Child Life Option

Students working with children

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
GEC 111 - Humanities 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
BMS 110 Introduction to the Biomedical Sciences 3
BMS 111 Introductory Laboratory in the Biomedical Sciences 1
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
CFD 163 Relationships in Today's Families 3
CFD 110 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
Total hours16

Third semester (fall)

HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877 3
GEC 116 Public Affairs - Public Issues 3
CFD 160 Principles of Development in Early Childhood 3
GEC 112 Human Cultures - The Arts 3
BMS 307 Human Anatomy 4
Total hours16

Fourth semester (spring)

GEC 109 - Physical Sciences 3
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
GEC 115 Public Affairs - Cultural Competence 3
CFD 260 Observing, Assessing, and Creating Activities for Young Children 4
Total hours16

Fifth Semester (Fall)

PSY Elective 3
LLT 102 Scientific and Medical Terminology 2
CFD 301 Play as Development 3
CFD 353 Childhood Illnesses, Injuries, Diseases and Disorders 3
CFD 354 Working with the Hospitalized Child 4
Total hours15

Sixth Semester (Spring)

CFD 257 Principles of Development in Middle Childhood 3
CFD 306 Separation and Loss 3
CFD 366 Preparation for the Professional Internship 1
CFD 499 Practicum in Child and Family Development 1-6
CFD 454 Therapeutic Play Activities for Hospitalized Children 3
CFD 510 Child Life Theory and Practice 3
Total hours16

Seventh Semester (Fall)

CFD 305 Multicultural Studies in Child and Family Development 3
CFD 455 Infants and Toddlers: Development and Program Planning 4
CFD 562 Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect 3
CFD 563 Administration of Programs for Children and Families 3
PSY 441 Psychology of Adolescence 3
Total hours16

Eighth Semester (Spring)

CFD 466 Internship in Programs for Children, Youth, Adults, and Families 6
Total hours6 - 12