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University offers new online master's degree in child life

Preparing professionals to support children and their families in medical settings is the focus of a new online graduate degree program at Texas Woman’s University.

The master of science degree in child life is designed to prepare child life specialists who will provide services and support for children and their families in hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices and other health-related settings. These specialists prepare children for medical procedures by using child-friendly, developmentally appropriate language. They also promote family-centered care by providing information and support to parents and siblings of patients.

“Texas Woman’s University is the perfect place for this new degree, as we are heavily invested in the allied health professions and are located in an area that is rich in clinical education opportunities for students,” said Elizabeth McCarroll, Ph.D., associate professor of family sciences. “We also offer high-quality online programs, and that makes this program – which is completely online – available to individuals outside the state.”

Child life is a growing field, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting that employment will increase by 15 percent between 2012 and 2020. Child life specialists are certified by the Child Life Council, the nonprofit professional organization for the field.

The program is accepting student applications on a rolling admissions basis. Students may apply at any time to begin classes in the Spring 2017 semester.

For more information on the M.S. in child life degree program, contact McCarroll at emccarroll@twu.edu or 940-898-2736.

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