Child Life

Earn your master's in Child Life in 18-24 months for less than $16,000. The MS in Child Life is designed for students seeking certification as a child life specialist to work in healthcare or a community setting. 

3 students and a young child in a ball pit.

The Child Life program is offered 100% online for those who are seeking a graduate degree and need to meet the necessary academic requirements for certification in Child Life.

For more information about the Child Life profession or the certification process, please visit the Association of Child Life Professional's website.

Connect with a Child Life faculty member

Program Features

  • Degree completion in as little as 4 semesters or 37 credit hours*
  • 100% online
  • Professional Option (No thesis required)
  • Knowledgeable and supportive faculty with expertise in child development, child life and developmental psychology
  • Two full-time faculty members are Certified Child Life Specialists

*Individual requirements may vary

Program Information

ACLP Endorsed Academic Program

The master’s degree in Child Life covers child growth and development from infancy through adolescence, including cognitive, social, emotional and physical development with an emphasis on how health and hospitalization can impact development in all domains, as well as family dynamics and relationships.

Students explore major theories and empirical research on child development and child life and how it applies to work with children and families in a healthcare or community setting.

Gain marketable skills:

  • Practical application of child development and child life knowledge in work with children and families, particularly in areas where families are experiencing stress or crisis
  • Ability to critically consume research literature and evidence-based practice literature
  • Ability to apply research evidence to professional practice
  • Developmental assessment skills
  • Developmentally appropriate intervention planning
  • Written communication skills
  • Critical thinking skills

Courses offered by semester

Career Opportunities

  • Certified Child Life Specialist*
  • Child and family advocacy
  • Early childhood intervention
  • Community outreach
  • Parent education

*Requires certification through the Association of Child Life Professionals

Admission Requirements

Admission to the M.S. in Child Life

Program Contact

Elizabeth McCarroll
940-898-2736
emccarroll@twu.edu

Application Deadlines

Spring admission - October 1

Summer/Fall admission - March 1

Admission Requirements

  • Completed bachelor's degree in a relevant field from a U.S.college or university accredited by a regional accrediting agency, or an equivalent degree from a foreign college or university
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA for the last 60 semester credit hours of coursework.

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Submit the following documents to HDFSC@twu.edu 
    • Curriculum Vita/Resume highlighting relevant education, experience, and employment.
    • Three letters of recommendation from relevant, professional sources, written on company letterhead (please ask the person writing the letter to include your full name and program you're applying for and have them send the letters directly to the HDFSC department)
    • Letter of Intent/Essay (1000 words) that includes the following: 
      • Introductory paragraph that identifies who you are, which degree program you are seeking, and which degree(s) you have already earned.
      • State your professional and educational experiences and goals (and be sure that your goals align with the program outcomes).
      • Essay component with the following content:
        • In your own words, explain what a child life specialist is, and what a child life specialist does
        • How did you first become interested in or aware of, child life as a career option?
        • What steps have you taken to increase your knowledge and awareness of the profession and make yourself a competitive candidate for clinical experiences
        • Briefly describe the ways in which the work of a child life specialist contributes to the health care experiences of a child and his/her family
        • Provide a specific example of a time in which you used play to meet the developmental needs of a child 
      • Use professional, formal language and tone
      • Use correct grammar, spelling, and syntax

Catalog information for the M.S. in Child Life

For more information

Elizabeth McCarroll, PhD, CCLS
Professor, Child Life Program Coordinator
emccarroll@twu.edu

Page last updated 7:33 PM, June 25, 2020