Child Life Specialist

Child Life Specialists are professionals trained to provide support to infants, children, adolescents and their families during some of the most difficult life events. They are effective problem solvers and facilitators, as they provide services in various settings such as hospitals, schools, and private practice. Child Life Specialists are skilled in promoting effective coping through play, preparation, education and self-expression activities. They have a rich perspective of today's modern healthcare system and educate caregivers, administrators and the general public about the challenges children face. They are focused on the needs of children, encourage optimal development, and empower children and their families.

The Mailman Segal Center for Human Development (MSC) collaborates with the Institute for the Study of Human Service, Health and Justice (ISHSHJ) to provide a degree program that meets the academic and clinical training requirements to become a Certified Child Life Specialist. The Child Life Specialist program is conveniently offered online and is aimed at providing students with a solid foundation in working with both typical and atypical children. Students interested in the Child Life Specialist program can enroll in the Master of Science in Developmental Disabilities with a concentration in Child Life. The six course series is taught by Certified Child Life Specialists. Our faculty are highly engaged with students, utilizing the Blackboard online platform which includes a variety of technologies that allows for synchronous and asynchronous interactions. For more information about the Child Life Specialist programĀ or to apply, please visit the program Website at

***Effective by 2022, to establish eligibility for certification, candidates will be required to hold either a master's degree in child life or a master's degree with a concentration or emphasis in child life from an academic program accredited by the Child Life Council (CLC)

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