Master of Science in Child Life
All degree plans are developed in consultation with the student's advisory committee and are based on current departmental requirements as well as individual student needs and objectives. No grade below B is accepted toward the master's degree described below.
The Master of Science (M.S.) in Child Life prepares graduates for positions in both healthcare and community settings. Completion of this degree may lead to (but does not guarantee) eligibility to pursue certification through the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP). Courses are taught 100% online, and the program has the approval of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Total Semester Credit Hours Required
37 semester credit hours
Courses in research and subject matter as specified in degree plan.
Students who earn two grades of C or below in graduate courses will be dismissed from the program.
The student's graduate committee should have at least two members (out of three) from ECDE component faculty.
This program requires an oral defense of a thesis, capstone project, professional paper, or professional portfolio. This defense may be repeated if deemed appropriate by student's graduate committee, with approval of the chair of the department.
Master of Science in Child Life Program of Study (37 credit hours)
|Code||Title||Semester Credit Hours|
|Core Courses (9 hours)|
|FS 5113||Theories of Child Development||3|
|FS 5223||Child Growth and Development in Early Childhood||3|
|FS 5503||Family Systems in Child Development||3|
|Research (7 hours)|
|FS 5193||Statistics for Research in Family Sciences||3|
|FS 5693||Research Methods in Family Sciences||3|
|FS 5911||Independent Study (Capstone)||1|
|Professional Competencies (21 hours)|
|FS 5013||Grief, Loss, and Bereavement||3|
|FS 5063||Developmental and Psychosocial Perspectives on Health, Illness, and Families||3|
|FS 5073||Professional Practice and Ethics for Working With Children and Families||3|
|FS 5403||Child Life||3|
|FS 5573||Family Crises||3|
|FS 5593||Play, Development, and the Young Learner||3|
|FS 5913||Independent Study (Internship in Child Life)||3|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||37|