Family and Child Studies - Child Life Specialist (Program Suspended)
The concentration requirements for this program emphasize the study of the family. Through this lens, students learn about family development, relationships, dynamics, functioning, health, and resource management. They examine the various cultural, community, and socioeconomic contexts in which families function and study interventions used to support families across the lifespan. In this concentration students learn to reduce the impact of stressful or traumatic medical events and situations, which affect the development, health, and well-being of pediatric patients. This program prepares students for the nationally recognized Child Life Certification from the Child Life Certifying Commission (CLCC). Graduates from this interdisciplinary concentration gain the academic and experiential preparation for working with infants, children, and adolescents in medical environments and for providing support for the child's parents and other family members. This degree also provides students with the educational background they need to pursue graduate study in a variety of areas.
Family and Child Studies Brochure