Child Life

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A Master's degree in Child Life prepares you to meet the coursework requirements for certification required by the Association of Child Life Professionals.

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.

Catalog information for the M.S. in Child Life

Courses offered by semester

Admission to the TWU Graduate School

When you apply to the TWU Graduate School, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores if required. All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admissions to the TWU Graduate School. In addition, most graduate programs have additional admission requirements that must be completed. These requirements can be found on each graduate program website. After acceptance, you will need to begin your program within one year, unless a deferral has been approved by the program.

Check out the links below for specific admissions information:

Admission to the M.S. in Child Life

Summer/Fall - March 1

Program Contact

Elizabeth McCarroll

Application Deadlines

Spring admission - October 1

Summer/Fall admission - March 1

Admission Requirements

  • Completed bachelor's degree in a relevant field from a 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.
  • Submission of a letter of intent, curriculum vita/resume, and three letters of recommendation (see guidelines below)

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Submit the following documents to 
    • Curriculum Vita/Resume highlighting relevant education, experience, and employment.
    • Three letters of recommendation from a 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

For more information

Elizabeth McCarroll, PhD
Associate Professor, Director of Child Life

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