Jul 13, 2024  
2022 Undergraduate Catalog 1.1 (WINTER-SPRING) 
2022 Undergraduate Catalog 1.1 (WINTER-SPRING) [ARCHIVED CATALOG - Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Psychology-Child Life (B.S.) - Hegis Code 2009.00

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(Bachelor of Science Degree)

This program is designed for individuals who wish to enhance their understanding of children and families. The major features an interdisciplinary approach, drawing from the fields of psychology, early childhood education, sociology, and anthropology. The faculty includes professionals from all of these disciplines. Students gain knowledge of normal human development while working with children in applied settings.

Specialized coursework focuses on human relations skills, the management of death-related concerns, designing an activities program, and the special characteristics of young people who are hospitalized and/or who have disabilities.

Students* completing the B.S. in psychology-child life may be admitted directly into the M.S. program in childhood education if they meet predetermined criteria. Students should see the Chair of Educator Preparation and Psychology-Child Life for further information.

For placement opportunities, please contact the internship coordinator.

Each student’s academic file will be reviewed every semester. If the student does not meet the program criteria and follow the rules and regulations pertaining to the Academic Program, he/she will be dismissed from the program. In the case of dismissal, a letter outlining the reasons for dismissal will be issued by the department to the student. Upon receipt of the reason for dismissal, the student can appeal the decision

Students must have a grade of “C” or better in all major required courses and meet the retention criteria for the program.

Students must demonstrate the professional and ethical behaviors required for successful performance in the practice of child life specialty and child development as noted by faculty and clinical educators, and in compliance with the Child Life Council and National Association for Education of Young Children Code of Ethics. Students are expected to maintain standards of professional behavior within the academic, fieldwork, and internship settings.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • write reflectively about theory and research;
  • write reflectively about the application of theory and research to practice;
  • apply theory and research in practice;
  • apply developmental theory in assessment and intervention for children and families;
  • demonstrate a bio-psycho-social approach to providing family-centered services, and
  • develop knowledge of and engage in professional behavior in settings that support children and families.

Academic Requirements

See Core  section of this catalog.

Core: 34-55 Credit Hours

51 Credit Hours

Major Specializations


The student must complete sufficient elective courses to earn at least the minimum credit hours required for this degree, and at least 60 credit hours of the 120 required must be in the liberal arts and sciences.

Program Credits

Core 34-55 Credits
Major Course Requirements 51 Credits
Major Electives 15 Credits
College Electives 0-20 Credits
Total Credit Hours Required For Degree 120 Credits


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