Child-Life students

Master of Science - Child Life

The Child Life program at Edgewood College is committed to educating and preparing future child life specialists of the highest caliber and quality. According to the Association of Child Life Professionals, a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) is a child development expert who works to ensure that life remains as normal as possible for children in health care settings and other challenging environments. Child life specialists provide services in a variety of health care settings, including inpatient units, surgery areas, intensive care units, emergency departments, clinics and outpatient treatment areas. Child life specialists also provide services in other settings such as dental offices, community organizations, special needs camps, and a variety of other areas. To an ever increasing extent, child life specialists are involved in providing grief and bereavement services not only in the hospital-setting, but in hospice programs, home hospice, community organizations, bereavement centers, support groups, and grief groups and camps.   

Obtaining the master’s degree in Child Life will equip you with research, leadership, and administration skills that will increase your marketability for additional job opportunities.


Going to Edgewood College to pursue my dream job as a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) will forever be one of my greatest decisions. As a student, I knew I was getting the best support possible, as I began my professional journey. Not only did the coursework taught by multiple CCLS’ prepare me for a child life practicum and internship, the amazing volunteer and community-based opportunities I received enhanced my skill set, making me feel ready for these next steps in becoming a CCLS. At Edgewood College, with the guidance of highly skilled professors, you will feel guided and cared for. As a practicing CCLS, I am beyond excited about the work that is continuing to be done at Edgewood College to lead students into this incredible career path. 

Lauren Vanden Heuvel '17

Fact Sheet - MS Child Life 

We encourage you to reference the ACLP website for continued updates on the profession's minimal education requirements.