Program Requirements

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


Degree requirements (34 or 43 hours)

Advanced Track – 34 hours

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

  • Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 34 approved graduate hours with a minimum overall GPA of 3.00
    • Completion of 25–28 hours of required coursework
    • Completion of 6–9 hours of support electives
  • No more than 16 hours of 600-level course work may be applied to the graduate program
  • Satisfactory completion of a master’s thesis by thesis committee
  • A passing score on the comprehensive examination
  • Candidates may transfer in no more than six credit hours which must be approved by the Graduate Program Director of Child Life Studies.
Course Title Credit Hours
CFD 610 Child Life Theory & Practice 3 hrs
CFD 750 Advanced Human Development Studies 3 hrs
CFD 761 Advanced Family Theory 3 hrs
ECE 727 Children and Families in a Diverse Society 3 hrs
CLS 720 Trends and Issues in Child Life 3 hrs
CLS 790
OR
CLS 795
Practicum in Child Life*

Child Life Internship**
3 hrs

6 hrs
CLS 798 Proposal Development for Child Life Thesis 1 hr
SFR 780 Educational Research Methodology 3 hrs
CLS 799 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.

Supported electives:

Course Title Credit Hours
CLS 705 Aspects of Illness and Disease 3 hrs
CLS 710 Childhood Death & Bereavement 3 hrs
CLS 715 Play & Therapeutic Intervention with lab 3 hrs
PSY 622 Physiologic Psychology 3 hrs 
PSY 711 Introductory Statistics for Education & Psychology 3 hrs
PSY 745 Statistics & Research Design 3 hrs
PSY 767 Psychopathology 3 hrs
CFD 600 Issues in Child and Family Development 3 hrs
CFD 662 Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect 3 hrs
CFD 663 Administration of Programs for Children & Families 3 hrs
CFD 657 Growth & Development:  Middle Childhood-Adolescence 3 hrs
CFD 705 Growth & Development: Infancy-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, Function, & Psychosocial Aspects of a Disability 2 hrs
CSD 669 Health Literacy in the Human Services 3 hrs
SWK 696 Health Literacy in the Human Services 3 hrs
SWK 750 Human Behavior & Family Systems 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 Program – 43 hours

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

  • Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 43 approved hours of graduate coursework with a minimum overall GPA of 3.00
    • Completion of 34–37 hours of required coursework
    • Completion of 6–9 hours of support electives
  • No more than 16 hours of 600-level course work may be applied to the graduate program
  • Satisfactory completion of a master’s thesis by thesis committee
  • A passing score on the comprehensive examination
  • Candidates may transfer in no more than six credit hours which must be approved by the Graduate Program Director of Child Life Studies.
Course Title Credit Hours
CFD 761 Advanced Family Theory 3 hrs
CFD 610 Child Life Theory & Practice 3 hrs
CFD 657 Growth & Development:  Middle Childhood-Adolescence  3 hrs 
CFD 705 Growth & Development:  Infancy -Early Childhood  3 hrs 
CLS 705 Aspects of Illness and Disease 3 hrs
CLS 710 Childhood Death and Bereavement 3 hrs
CLS 715 Play & 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 798 Proposal Development for Child Life Thesis 1 hr
SFR 780 Educational Research Methodology 3 hrs
CLS 799 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.

Supported electives:

Course Title Credit Hours
CLS 720 Trends & Issues in Child Life   3 hrs
CLS 790 Practicum in Child Life (Research & Field Experience) 3 hrs
PSY 622 Physiologic Psychology 3 hrs 
PSY 711 Introductory Statistics for Education & Psychology 3 hrs
PSY 745 Statistics & Research Design 3 hrs
PSY 766 Psychopathology 3 hrs
PSY 767 Psychopathology 3 hrs
CFD 600 Issues in Child and Family Development 3 hrs
CFD 662 Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect 3 hrs
CFD 663 Administration of Programs for Children & 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
ECE 727 Children & Families in a Diverse Society 3 hrs
COM 604 Health Communication & Culture 3 hrs
COM 608 Patient-Provider Communication 3 hrs
COM 705 Health Communication 3 hrs
SPE 730 Health, Function, & Psychosocial Aspects of a Disability 2 hrs
CSD 669 Health Literacy in the Human Services 3 hrs
SWK 696 Health Literacy in the Human Services 3 hrs
SWK 750 Human Behavior & Family Systems 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.