Child Development & Family Relations
       Child Life Standards, Accreditations, and Certifications
In order to become a certified child life specialist, a student receives initial preparation at the bachelor’s degree level. The student will have knowledge and experience with individuals and groups of children of all ages including:
  • All forms of diversity
  • Family dynamics
  • Growth and development issues for all ages
  • Play and therapeutic interventions
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Developmental assessments
  • Children and family responses to illness and/or life changing events
  • Learning process
  • Group process
  • Behavior management
  • Interventions to support coping
  • Collaboration with other health care professionals
  • Basic understanding of medical terminology and disease process
  • Knowledge of research which supports child life practice
  • Supervisory skills


The child life curriculum of East Carolina University follows the academic program guidelines established by the Child Life Council. The curriculum meets the guidelines set by the Child Life Certifying Commission of the Child Life Council.


In order to earn a Child Life Professional Certification, you must apply for the certification and obtain a passing score on the Child Life Professional Certification Examination. To find out more about the Child Life Professional Certification, visit  
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