Masters of Science
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.
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
School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences Accreditation
Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
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 (Fall 2020)
Join us for an information meeting to learn more about APU’s Master of Science in Child Life program, and continue your education journey with Azusa Pacific. Meet faculty, admissions representatives, and financial aid counselors who can guide you through the application process and all that APU has to offer.
For more information, contact:
M.S. Program Coordinator
Links to ACLP Resources:
Webinar: Mastering Your Coursework
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