Overview - BS in Human Environmental Sciences, Human Development & Family Studies (Concentration in Child Life)

Child Life Specialist

Program at a Glance

Delivery Format - Online

Number of Credit Hours - 120

Tuition per Hour - $346

Application Deadline - Applications accepted year round

Fees - $10 undergraduate HES fee (per hour)

Internship - Yes (600 hours)

Other Program Specifics - Successful completion of the concentration allows students to sit for the Child Life Professional Certification Examination that leads to Child Life Certification

Programs, courses and tuition subject to change.

Improve the lives of children and their families by becoming a Child Life Specialist.

The Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences, Human Development & Family Studies (Concentration in Child Life) offered online prepares you to become an expert in the growth and development of both healthy and hospitalized children. 

As a Child Life Specialist, you’ll act as an interdisciplinary member of the healthcare team— promoting optimum development of infants, children, adolescents and families; maintaining normal living patterns and minimizing psychological upset stemming from illness, disability, or hospitalization. Child Life Specialists also promote effective coping through play, preparation, education and self-expression activities. 

In this program, you will take courses such as Conceptual and Creative Experiences for Young Children, Hospitalized Children and Youth, and Loss and Bereavement—among others. You will combine laboratory and practicum experiences with theoretical information to provide a foundation necessary for working with hospitalized children and their families. All of this is accomplished through distance learning, so you can take classes from wherever you are and complete coursework at the time that best fits your schedule. Upon graduation, qualifying students may sit for the Child Life Professional Certification Examination. 

The University of Alabama is leading the way in Child Life education. As one of the few universities in the country with PhD faculty in the area of Child Life, UA is able to offer students the highest quality experience with the leaders who are shaping the healthcare industry. These same professors are excited to extend that same quality to online students by being one of the first universities in the country to offer a degree with a concentration in Child Life completely at a distance. 

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