Jun 22, 2024  
2024 Undergraduate Catalog 1.2 (SUMMER-FALL) 
2024 Undergraduate Catalog 1.2 (SUMMER-FALL)

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

The Psychology-Child Life program is committed to preparing professionals who:

  1. Analyze how theory and research are utilized to understand human development, assessment, intervention, and evaluation for children, adolescents, and families from diverse populations.

  2. Assess common events and/or conditions that may contribute to concerns with appropriate development and identify appropriate, evidence-based interventions focused on a family-centered approach.

  3. Model professional behaviors for the diverse roles in varied professions working with children, adolescents, and families.

  4. Develop Intercultural competence to enhance their ability to advocate for the well-being of oppressed/underserved populations.

Academic Requirements

Core/General Education: 34-55 Credit Hours

Effective for the 2022-2023 academic year, Utica University has implemented a new general education program that replaces Core. Students who are admitted, or readmitted, for the 2022- 2023 academic year or later must follow the requirements of the General Education program. Students admitted prior to the 2022-2023 academic year must follow the requirements of the Core program. For full details of program requirements, see the catalog pages for the Core program and the General Education program. Students with specific questions should consult with their academic adviser or success coach.

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/General Education 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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