Master of Science in Child Life and Interprofessional Practice

Concordia University is committed to preparing child life specialists who employ evidence-based methods in integrative health care settings and settings where children and families impacted by illness, injury, and health care are served. The intent of the Child Life Master’s Program is to prepare men and women for a life of service in the church, and in the world, within the specialized area of Child Life. This program is designed to deepen understanding of child development and of the processes of supporting children and families during medical interventions, crises or hospitalization, in developmentally appropriate and in trauma informed ways.


CLS 525Professional Issues in Child Life3
CLS 530The Child with Special Healthcare Needs3
CLS 535Childhood Trauma: Resiliency in Children3
CLS 540Pediatric Psychosocial Assessment3
CLS 545Child Life Documentation3
CLS 550Child Life Program Administration3
CLS 553Child Life Program Administration II3
Electives (at least 3 elective courses) 19
Therapeutic Play for the Hospitalized Child
Supporting the Child and Family Affected by Death
Family Systems: The Hospitalized Child and Family
Clinical Ethics in Healthcare
Medical Terminology for the Child Life Professional
Research in the Child Life Profession
Diversity in the Healthcare Setting
The Child Life Practicum Experience
The Child Life Internship
Total Hours30

Entrance Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree in child development, child and family studies, child studies, child psychology, developmental psychology, education, recreational therapy, or other relevant degree from a regionally accredited college/university.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 0-4 scale for full acceptance
  • A minimum of 120 documented volunteer hours working with children and families impacted by health care. This requirement is currently adjusted due to Covid.
  • Successful completion of a background check
  • Each applicant will interview with Child Life Program Coordinator, Kara Brennan.