Child Life Assistant

The Child Life Assistant Certificate (CLA) prepares students for employment in the child life profession by providing experience with the methods, skills, theories, and profession as described by the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP). Completion of the certificate offers students a foundation in gaining initial employment at the paraprofessional level, as well as an opportunity to continue toward higher levels of certification.

The goals of the Child Life Assistant Certificate program are to prepare students to:

  1. Understand, apply, and maintain professional and ethical standards of practice including the unique problems and experiences faced by subpopulations,

  2. Learn and apply tools to develop professional relationships with families, providers and community workers,

  3. Identify, obtain, and use the relevant information regarding developmental and psychosocial factors to assist in implementing a plan of care for children and adolescents,

  4. Provide appropriate support for children and families, including the development of advocacy skills and coping techniques, and

  5. Develop and implement educational opportunities and resources that promote learning and mastery.

Child Life Assistant Certificate (18-22 credit hours)

Child Life Assistant Core Requirements (12 credit hours)

EDC 240Psych of Child Development3
or EDC 302 Adol Devl & Classroom Mgmt
CHE 201Medical Terminology3
or HHS 202 Mental Health Terminology
EDC 306Applied Behavior Analysis I3
SWK 200Intro to Social Work3
or CHE 101 Intro to Health Education
Total Credit Hours12

Child Life Assistant Specialty Courses (6 credit hours - Choose two courses from the following)

Select two:6
SWK 300Theories and Practices3
CLS 401Hospitalized Child3
EDC 300Educational Psychology3
EDC 440The Child: Birth to Three3
EDC 439Child Maltreatment and Trauma3
HPS 442Medical Ethics3
Total Credit Hours6

Additional Job-Ready Courses and Experiences (The following are optional choices that can assist students in preparing for professional CLS assistant employment; could include 1-4 credit hours)

CHE 402Internship CHE3
CPR / AED Training
PDED 418AM - Registered Behavior Technician Training1
Crisis Prevention Institute Training (CPI)
CPR/AED Training
Mental Health First Aid
Bloodborne Pathogens Certification
Background Check and Fingerprinting
Total Credit Hours1-4