A stepping-stone to becoming a Child Life Specialist! Our FULLY ONLINE program is designed to prepare you for CCLS certification. The coursework concentrates on childhood growth and development as well as the psychological impact of illness, divorce, and grief.
This program is perfect for...
...any individual wishing to learn more about child life, including: Child Life assistants, interns, pediatric medical providers, classroom teachers working with children having chronic or life-threatening illnesses. It's a stepping-stone to becoming a Certified Child Life Specialist.
What you'll learn...
An overview of child life theory and practice, including the therapeutic role of play, the nature of suffering, stages of grief, medical terminology, community outreach, and technology.
Valuable information and practical skills that can be applied when working with children, adolescents and their families in healthcare settings and other challenging environments.
You’ll be equipped with a strong background in child development and family organization. You will study effective coping skills for families facing medical issues and other concerns.
Our program course work is conveniently designed to meet the individual requirements of the CCLS exam.
Required 5 courses (20 units):
- ED X370.2- Child Life: Introduction to Theory and Practice (Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer) - 4 units (This course is taught by a CCLS and meets the six (6) required topics of study set forth by the Association of Child Life Professionals.)
- ED X370.3- Therapeutic Role of Play in Pediatric Care (Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer) - 4 units
- ED X370.4- Death, Dying, & Grief in Pediatric Care (Winter/Spring/Summer) - 4 units
- ED X370.5- Assessment, Preparation and Medical Terminology (Winter/Spring/Summer) - 4 units
- ED X370.6- Development & Administration of Child Life Programs (Fall) - 4 units
- ED X370.10- Child Development: Birth to 18 (Winter/Summer) - 4 units
- ED X370.11- Pediatric Palliative Care & Hospice (Fall) - 4 units
- ED X370.12- Family Systems (Fall/Spring/Summer) - 4 units
Courses are offered across 4 academic quarters: fall, winter, spring, and summer. For more information visit the Approved Academic Calendar.
- ED X370.13- Children with Special Needs (Winter) - 4 units
- ED X370.14- Research Methodologies in Child Life (Spring) - 4 units
- ED X370.15- Child Life & Trauma (Spring) - 4 units
- ED X370.16- Child Life Globally (Winter) - 4 units
- ED X370.17- Challenges in Global Maternal and Child Health (Summer) - 4 units
- ED X370.18- Child Life in Non-Traditional Settings: Beyond the Hospital (Fall/Spring) - 4 units
- ED X370.19- Early Child Development: Birth to 8 (Winter/Spring/Summer) - 4 units
- ED X370.20- Medical Ethics (Spring) - 4 units
- ED X370.21-Adolescent Development (ages 10 - 19) (Fall/Spring) - 4 units
- ED X370.7- Child Life Internship (when requested) - 4 units
All courses are offered in an interactive online asynchronous format. Students are required to complete weekly assignments through GauchoSpace, UCSB's Moodle course management system. Students are not required to be in front of the computer or online at any particular time.
20 total units to complete this professional certificate
Earn no less than a "C" in any particular course to be eligible for the certificate
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