Program Requirements

Degree requirements (35 or 44 hours)

Advanced track (35 hours)

The following criteria must be successfully completed by the candidate before a degree will be granted.

  • Coursework:  Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 35 approved graduate hours with a minimum overall GPA of 3.00.  Including completion of 26-29 hours of required coursework and 6-9 hours of support electives.  No more than 16 hours of 600-level coursework may be applied to the graduate degree.  
  • Research: Option 1 - Satisfactory completion of Evidence-based Practice (EBP) Statement or other non-thesis creative work facilitated through CLS 797.  Option 2 - Satisfactory completion of a thesis research project by a thesis committee. 
  • Comprehensive Examination:  A passing score on the comprehensive examination
  • Transfer Credit:  Candidates may transfer in no more than six credit hours.  All transfer credit must be an "A" or "B" grade status from an accredited college or university and approved by the Graduate Program Coordinator of Child Life Studies.
Course Title Credit Hours
CFD 610 Child Life Theory and Practice 3 hrs
CFD 750 Advanced Human Development Studies 3 hrs
CFD 761 Advanced Family Studies 3 hrs

ECE 675

OR

ECE 727

Working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children and Families

OR

Children and Families in a Diverse Society

3 hrs
CLS 701 Introduction to Child Life Studies 1 hr
CLS 720 Trends and Issues in Child Life 3 hrs
CLS 790
or
CLS 795

Practicum in Child Life*
or
Child Life Internship**

3 hrs
or
6 hrs

CLS 794

OR

CLS 798

Evidence Based Practice Proposal

OR

Proposal Development for Child Life Thesis

1 hr

CFD 680

OR

SFR 780

Introduction to Research in Child and Family Development

OR

Educational Research Methodology

3 hrs

CLS 797 

OR

CLS 799

Evidence Based Practice Research 

OR

Thesis Research in Child Life

3 hrs
  Electives 6-9 hrs

*Students who register for CLS 790 (Practicum) will take 9 hours of electives.

**Students who register for CLS 795 (Internship) will take 6 hours of electives.

Students may choose to take additional practicum hours (CLS 791) or additional internship hours (CLS 796) to maintian full time status.

Supported electives
Course Title Credit Hours
CLS 705 Aspects of Childhood Illness and Disease 3 hrs
CLS 710 Childhood Death and Bereavement 3 hrs
CLS 715 Play and Therapeutic Intervention with lab 3 hrs
PSY 622 Physiologic Psychology 3 hrs 
PSY 711 Introductory Statistics for Education and Psychology 3 hrs
PSY 745 Statistics and Research Design 3 hrs
PSY 766 Psychopathology 3 hrs
PSY 767 Behavior Disorders of Childhood 3 hrs
CFD 600 Issues in Child and Family Development 3 hrs
CFD 662 Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect 3 hrs
CFD 663 Administration of Programs for Children and Families 3 hrs
CFD 657 Growth and Development: Middle Childhood to adolescence 3 hrs
CFD 705 Growth and Development: Infancy through Early Childhood 3 hrs
CFD 775 Parent and Child Relations 3 hrs
CFD 776 Advanced Studies in Infant Development 3 hrs
COM 705 Health Communication 3 hrs
SPE 730 Health, Functional, and Psychosocial Aspects of a Disability 2 hrs
CSD 669 Psycho-Social Implications of Being Deaf and Hard of Hearing 3 hrs
SWK 696 Health Literacy in the Human Services 3 hrs
SWK 750 Advanced Generalist Practice with Individuals 3 hrs
EDT 640 Technology Administration and Management 2 hrs
NUR 632 Rural Heath 3 hrs
NUR 703 Population Health: A Local to Global Perspectives 3 hrs
Standard track (44 hours)

The following criteria must be successfully completed by the candidate before a degree will be granted.

  • Coursework:  Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 44 approved graduate hours with a minimum overall GPA of 3.00.  Including completion of 35-38 hours of required coursework and 6-9 hours of support electives.  No more than 16 hours of 600-level coursework may be applied to the graduate degree.  
  • Research: Option 1 - Satisfactory completion of Evidence-based Practice (EBP) Statement or other non-thesis creative work facilitated through CLS 797.  Option 2 - Satisfactory completion of a thesis research project by a thesis committee. 
  • Comprehensive Examination:  A passing score on the comprehensive examination
  • Transfer Credit:  Candidates may transfer in no more than six credit hours.  All transfer credit must be an "A" or "B" grade status from an accredited college or university and approved by the Graduate Program Coordinator of Child Life Studies.

 

Course Title Credit Hours
CFD 761 Advanced Family Theory 3 hrs
CFD 610 Child Life Theory and Practice 3 hrs
CFD 657 Growth and Development: Middle Childhood to Adolescence  3 hrs 
CFD 705 Growth and Development: Infancy through Early Childhood  3 hrs 

ECE 675

OR

ECE 727

Working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children and Familie

OR

Children and Families in a Diverse Society

3 hrs
CLS 701 Introduction to Child Life Studies 1 hr
CLS 705 Aspects of Illness and Disease 3 hrs
CLS 710 Childhood Death and Bereavement 3 hrs
CLS 715 Play and Therapeutic Intervention with lab 3 hrs
CLS 790
or
CLS 795

Practicum in Child Life*
or
Child Life Internship**

3 hrs
or
​​​​​​​
6 hrs

CLS 794

OR

CLS 798

Evidence Based Practice Proposal

OR

Proposal Development for Child Life Thesis

1 hr

CFD 680

OR

SFR 780

Introduction to Research in Child and Family Development

OR

Educational Research Methodology

3 hrs

CLS 797

OR

CLS 799

Evidence Based Practice Research

OR

Thesis Research in Child Life

3 hrs
  Supported Electives 6-9 hrs

*Students who register for CLS 790 (Practicum) will take 9 hours of electives.

**Students who register for CLS 795 (Internship) will take 6 hours of electives.

Students may choose to take additional practicum hours (CLS 791) or additional internship hours (CLS 796) to maintian full time status.

Supported electives
Course Title Credit Hours
CLS 720 Trends and Issues in Child Life   3 hrs
CLS 790 Practicum in Child Life (Research and Field Experience) 3 hrs
PSY 622 Physiologic Psychology 3 hrs 
PSY 711 Introductory Statistics for Education and Psychology 3 hrs
PSY 745 Statistics and Research Design 3 hrs
PSY 766 Psychopathology 3 hrs
PSY 767 Behavior Disorders of Childhood 3 hrs
CFD 600 Issues in Child and Family Development 3 hrs
CFD 662 Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect 3 hrs
CFD 663 Administration of Programs for Children and Families 3 hrs
CFD 750 Advanced Human Development Studies 3 hrs
CFD 775 Parent and Child Relations 3 hrs
CFD 776 Advanced Studies in Infant Development 3 hrs
COM 604 Health Communication and Culture 3 hrs
COM 608 Patient-Provider Communication 3 hrs
COM 705 Health Communication 3 hrs
SPE 730 Health, Functional, and Psychosocial Aspects of a Disability 2 hrs
CSD 669 Psycho-Social Implications of Being Deaf and Hard of Hearing 3 hrs
SWK 696 Health Literacy in the Human Services 3 hrs
SWK 750 Advanced Generalist Practice with Individuals 3 hrs
EDT 640 Technology Administration and Management 2 hrs
NUR 632 Rural Heath 3 hrs
NUR 703 Population Health: A Local to Global Perspectives 3 hrs
Comprehensive examination

A comprehensive examination must be passed by the candidate before a degree will be granted.

Accelerated degree requirements

Students admitted into the accelerated graduate program will follow the Master of Science in child life studies advanced track degree plan. The following criteria must be successfully completed by the candidate before a degree will be granted.

  • Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 35 approved graduate hours with a minimum overall GPA of 3.00
  • Completion of 26–29 hours of required coursework