Child Development & Family Relations
       Bachelor of Science in Child Life

Working with seriously ill and hospitalized children and adolescents, and their families is what graduates of the child life major do. When a student completes the degree requirements, he or she takes the child life certifying exam to become a child life specialist. Child life specialists typically work in hospital settings but may also work in other health care settings like community clinics, dentist offices, mental health clinics, and physician offices. Some specific responsibilities of a child life specialist include teaching children ways to cope with painful medical procedures, helping children understand their diagnosis in an age appropriate manner, supporting families during stressful situations, and promoting play and normal childhood development in the healthcare setting. A child life specialist is an integral member of the healthcare team working to improve outcomes for the hospitalized child by advocating for the child’s unique needs. Students gain valuable hands on experience while completing a practicum in a hospital and another practicum in the Nancy W. Darden Child Development Center. Seniors complete a semester long internship in a healthcare setting under the supervision of a child life specialist. Admission to the program, senior internships, and jobs are very competitive.

**Please note that this is a recommended sequence. Check catalog for prerequisites. Course availability may vary from semester to semester.
 
  • Freshman Year
  • Sophomore Year
  • Junior Year
  • Senior Year
 
FALL SEMESTER
SPRING SEMESTER
 
 
ENGL 1100
3
ENGL 1200
3
 
BIOL 1050/1051 or 1100/1101
3,1
Social Science
3
 
CDFR 1103
3
EXSS 1000
1
 
NUTR 1000
3
MATH for foundation curriculum
3
 
Humanities
3
CDFR 2000
3
 
HLTH 1000
2
 
Total
16
Total
15
 
FALL SEMESTER
SPRING SEMESTER
 
 
PSYC 1000
3
MUSC 3018
3
 
CDFR 2001
3
CDFR 2021
2
 
CDFR 3150
3
CDFR 3002
3
 
SOCI 2110
3
Social Sciences
3
 
BIOL 2130
4
COMM 2020 or 2410 or 2420
3
 
CDFR 3321
3
 
Total
16
Total
17
 
FALL SEMESTER
SPRING SEMESTER
 
 
CDFR 3413
3
CDFR 4303
3
 
PSYC 2201
3
CDFR 4993
3
 
Restricted Elective
3
Advisor approved CDFR elective
3
 
Restricted Elective
3
General Elective
3
 
HIMA 3000
3
General Elective
3
 
General Elective
3
Humanity or Fine Art
1
 
Total
18
Total
16
 
FALL SEMESTER
 
SPRING SEMESTER
 
 
 
 
 
CDFR 4200
3
CDFR 4415
12
 
CDFR 4210
3
 
CDFR 3022
3
 
General Elective
3
 
Restricted Electives
3
  CDFR 4410 1    
 
Total
16
Total
12

 
Click here to apply to East Carolina University. Admission to East Carolina University does not guarantee admissions into your desired program of study.
 

Other Requirements:

  • Child Life students must achieve and maintain a "B" (3.0 GPA) in order to remain in the program
  • Students must have a "B" (3.0 GPA) to enroll in the child life internship and to graduate as a child life major.
  • Child Life internships are only available to students enrolled in a degree completion program.

Note: Completion of a BS degree with a major in child life does not include certification as a child life specialist. The Child Life Certifying Committee of the Child Life Council oversees the administration of the certification examination. The Department of Child Development and Family Relations will verify completion of degree requirements, but meeting other requirements for certification is the responsibility of each candidate.

 
 

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