Masters of Science

Child Life

M.S. in Child Life

Helping Children and Families in Times of Stress

Child life specialists are allied health care professionals who support children and their families facing challenging experiences, particularly traumatic medical situations. Azusa Pacific University’s Master’s in Child Life program—slated to begin in fall 2017—prepares men and women for this special role, utilizing advanced academic preparation and hands-on experiences within a framework of Christian compassion.

Program Highlights

  • Flexible scheduling, with start times in spring, summer, and fall

  • Housed in the Department of Psychology, which emphasizes research and therapeutic skills

  • Can be completed in only 18 months, saving you time and money

  • Welcoming environment grounded in a Christian worldview

Learn more about the program format and our faculty.


School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences Accreditation

Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).


University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2017 rankings, placing at No. 183 in Tier One of the National Universities category. In addition, The Princeton Review named APU as 1 of 124 institutions in the 2017 Best Colleges in the West, Forbes ranked APU among the best schools in the nation for 2017, and G.I. Jobs named APU a Military Friendly School for 2017, placing APU among the top 15 percent of schools in the country helping military students reach their education dreams.

Note: This information is current for the 2019-20 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.


To view our website with more information the program format, financial aid, and admission requirements, please visit: apu.edu/childlife.


Advanced Standing

This option is available for Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS) with a B.A. or B.S. degree, as well as individuals who have successfully completed the 600 required child life internship hours. To pursue the Advanced Standing option, you must provide proof of either a CL Certificate from the Child Life Certifying Commission (CLCC), or complete the Child Life Clinical Experience Verification Form (PDF).


Upcoming M.S. in Child Life Informational Meetings

Spring 2022 & Summer 2022

Join us for an information meeting to learn more about Azusa Pacific University’s Master of Science in Child Life and Master of Science in Counseling Psychology with Specialization in Children and Adolescents programs. You will have the opportunity to meet faculty from the Department of Psychology who will tell you more about these exciting programs, and an admissions representative who will be able to guide you through the application process and answer your questions about financial aid.

This meeting will take place online via Zoom. An email will be sent to you the morning of the information meeting with the Zoom login information.

M.S. Child Life & Counseling Psychology

January 20 | February 17 | March 22 | April 12

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. PST

Online Meeting via ZOOM

R.S.V.P. using this link: https://forms.gle/fYioRrY3mRGHM5PFA

Links to ACLP Resources:

Webinar: Mastering Your Coursework

(https://www.childlife.org/certification/students/requirements-after-2019)

A guide to meeting the 2019 Coursework Requirement: Working on meeting the 2019 certification requirements, but not sure what courses to take? In this informative webinar Director of Certification, Ame Enright and Manager of Program Standards, Emily Eagon will share more about each of the individual 2019 coursework requirements including tips for identifying the courses you need to take.

Webinar: Completing Your Eligibility Assessment: Eligibility Assessment 101: (https://www.childlife.org/certification/students)

A guide to Completing your Eligibility Assessment: In this webinar, Manager of Program Standards, Emily Eagon and Certification Coordinator, Alex Rodriguez outline the following:

  • How to login to the student profile

  • How to open and complete the eligibility assessment, including adding new courses, verifying the child life course, and verifying clinical hours

  • How to locate and use the evaluation report

2019 Academic Eligibility Requirements- https://www.childlife.org/docs/default-source/certification/2019-eligibility-details.pdf?sfvrsn=12

Academic Program Directory: A self-reported list of academic programs that offer child life curriculum. https://www.childlife.org/certification/students/child-life-academic-programs

Child Life Course Directory: A self-reported list of academic institutions that offer the child life course https://www.childlife.org/certification/students/academic-programs-offering-ccls-course

Endorsed Program Directory: ACLP-endorsed academic programshttps://www.childlife.org/certification/students/endorsed-program-directory

Programs offering pre-approved courses: https://www.childlife.org/certification/students/pre-approved-courses

ACLP and APU: https://youtu.be/wdR47N7qaXs