Family and Consumer Sciences

Child Life Track/ Family and Child Option


Child Life Specialists primarily work with children from infancy to adolescence in a hospital setting to provide support and assistance to families and their hospitalized child. The Child Life Specialist works alongside doctors, nurses, and other pediatric therapists. Course work includes classes from multiple disciplines to provide the student with a solid academic background and one-on-one experiences with young children. Following their internship, with 480 hours experience, students are eligible to sit for the Certified Child Life Specialist Exam.

For further information on this career path, please go to Child Life Council to connect with the Child Life Council which is the certifying body for Child Life.

Program Objectives are to:

  • Understand the major theories in Family and Child and be able to apply them in practice
  • Understand and critically evaluate the research process and key content knowledge in Child Life and translate research findings and key content knowledge into practice
  • Understand and demonstrate professional behavior
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills for Child Life, including the use of technology when appropriate
  • Understand the influence of the broader social, cultural and historical context on children, families and relationships and apply these to practice in the Child Life field