Admission Requirements

Your first steps

  1. Become a Bear: Apply to Missouri State.
  2. Before completing 60 credit hours, visit the Academic Advising and Transfer Center to declare or change your major to child and family development.

Admission Requirements for the Child Life Option

The Child and Family Development Child Life Option has a selective admission policy. Child Life Option students must complete and meet the following application requirements. Students will write a one page essay describing their interest in a career to become a Child Life Specialist and the role of a Child Life Specialist. Students must have a 3.00 cumulative GPA, 100 hours of verified volunteer experience in a hospital setting, two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the hospital volunteer site. Applications for the Child Life Option must be submitted to the Childhood Education and Family Studies Department office during the semester prior to junior year by February 1. As this is a competitive program, admission is not guaranteed.

Transfer students must also apply for admission for the Child Life Option. Transfer students must meet with a Child Life advisor to determine when they are eligible to complete the application and essay. All students must adhere to the deadlines stated above.

The application and resume will be reviewed by a committee appointed by the Department Head. Criteria for selection will be based on GPA, written essay, two letters of recommendation and verified volunteer hours. Students will be notified of the decision in writing by March 31. Students who are not accepted into the program may reapply in the following semester.