Master of Arts in Child Life

About

The advanced-track Master of Arts in Child Life degree will give you the necessary education to be a competent certified child life specialist (CCLS). Available online and in person, this program is designed for candidates who are already certified or who have met ACLP requirement coursework requirements.

Admission Requirements Curriculum

Why Earn a Master's Degree at EWU?

The advanced-track Master of Arts in Child Life Program at Eastern offers you:


More Opportunities

You'll be more competitive for clinical practicum, internship, and in the job market.

Skill Development

You'll gain research skills unique to the child life field and supervisory and managerial skills for administrative-level positions.

Flexible Courses

You can earn your degree in person at the Cheney campus or online.

Admission Requirements

The application will be available in January. The deadline is March 25, 2022.

Criteria

To apply for this program you must have one of the following:

If you meet one of the criteria above, get started on your application in GradCAS. If you don’t meet any of the above criteria, please fill out an EWU post-baccalaureate application instead.

Application Components

As part of the application process, you’ll be asked to:

  1. Request official transcripts from every institution where you received college credit be sent electronically to GradCAS.
  2. Upload a current resumé.
  3. Provide the contact information for one certified child life specialist and one academic reference who can provide a letter of recommendation on your behalf.
  4. Upload an essay (300-500 words) in response to the following prompt: “What is your child life philosophy? Provide an example of how your child life philosophy has influenced an interaction that you have had with a child in the hospital setting.”

Curriculum & Requirements

Child Life, Master of Arts (MA)

Required Core Courses25
FAMILY SYSTEMS IN HEALTHCARE
CHILD LIFE RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES
ADMINISTRATION IN CHILD LIFE PROGRAMS
CHILD LIFE GRANT WRITING
CHILD LIFE THESIS
CHILD LIFE RESEARCH PROJECT
Required Electives–All students are required to take four electives. Additional electives available with prior approval from Child Life Advisor.19-20
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION IN CHILDHOOD
TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE WITH CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
MINDFULNESS AND ALTERNATIVE PRACTICES FOR WORKING WITH CHILDREN
DEVELOPMENT OF COMMUNITY-BASED PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN
PEDIATRIC MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
CHILD LIFE PRACTICE ASSESSMENT AND PREPARATION
SCHOOL REINTEGRATION AND SUPPORT
PEDIATRIC PALLIATIVE CARE
NON-TRADITIONAL CHILD LIFE
INTERNATIONAL CHILD LIFE
Required Clinical Experience–for students who need hospital affiliation for child life practicum or child life internship.0-6
CHILD LIFE PRACTICUM AND INTERNSHIP
Total Credits44-51

Catalog Listing

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the advanced track MA in Child Life, students will be able to:

  1. Apply theory to inform a given child life service.
  2. Apply evidence-based, developmentally appropriate practices to support children and families.
  3. Design a child life research study.