Advanced Track

Enhance the depth of your child life understanding and practice

This track is for students who are either A)  a Certified Child Life Specialist seeking to advance their career and training through a graduate degree, or B) students with significant child life coursework in previous studies (e.g., undergraduate child life emphasis or concentration).

  • Extend your knowledge in child life by diving deeper into theory and practice
  • Add research skills to enhance your practice and service in the field
  • Apply evidence based practices to your clinical work with children and families
  • Gain skills critical in advancing your career to include child life leadership and administrative roles
  • Lay the groundwork for pursuing your PhD
Advanced track admission requirements
  • Bachelor's degree with an emphasis or minor in child life or a bachelor’s degree and currently hold certification as a Child Life Specialist
  • Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 or higher
  • Applicants for whom English is not their primary language are required to demonstrate graduate-level proficiency in English by either having achieved a score of 550 on the paper-based, or a comparable score of 79 on the IBT or internet- based TOEFL, or by other equivalent means.
Child life students and instructors in hospital
Careers and outcomes

Explore your potential career paths

Make your work more meaningful as you take on new endeavors.