Child Life Specialists

We are excited to announce that our MS in Child Life program is now one of seven academic programs in the U.S. endorsed by the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP).

Our program's structure, curriculum, resources, and support meet or exceed the requirements set forth in the Standards for Academic and Clinical Preparation Programs, as defined by ACLP. Thus, their endorsement assures students our program prepares them to become Certified Child Life Specialists, after completing the appropriate test and application. Indeed, according to ACLP “Students graduating from an endorsed program during the period of endorsement will still need to complete an eligibility assessment with ACLP, but will not need to have each course reviewed, as endorsement signifies inclusion of all areas of the coursework requirements. This means students graduating from an endorsed program during the period of endorsement have the assurance that their coursework satisfies the 2019 coursework requirements for exam eligibility. Students who have graduated from or are enrolled in an ACLP-endorsed academic program during the period of endorsement must contact the ACLP office in order to start their Eligibility Assessment.”

What is Child Life?

Life can be stressful at times, especially for children. Child Life Specialists are trained professionals with expertise to help children and families in times of stress facing challenging circumstances, such as hospitalization, trauma, illness, grief, and disability. Child Life specialists prepare children and families for healthcare encounters, educate regarding diagnosis and medical procedures, support during stressful times and normalize the environment for children. For further information regarding Child Life, please visit Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) at For information about APU’s Master of Science in Child Life program, please visit or contact