Child Life (Certificate)

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Child life specialists are experts in child development who promote effective coping skills in children facing challenges related to health care and hospitalization.

This transdisciplinary program offered through the School of Community Resources and Development and the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics is designed to assist students to prepare for the national qualifying child life exam. A portion of the national certification exam eligibility requirements, as outlined by the Child Life Council, are met by obtaining this certificate.

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

The program requires 21 credit hours, consisting of 18 credit hours of graded classroom coursework plus a three credit hour practicum. All courses must be completed with a grade of "B" (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better.
Required Courses -- 21 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment requirements

Students wishing to pursue the child life certificate must complete two prerequisites before applying for the program:

  1. CDE 232 Human Development with a grade of "B" (scale is 4.00 = "A") or higher
  2. CDE 338 Child Development Practicum (or comparable experience working with children, as determined by the director of the child life certificate)

For additional information and application, students should consult with an academic advisor in either the School of Community Resources and Development or the Sanford School.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.