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Child Life Academic Programs

These programs are self-identified as having degrees/curriculum in child life. The Child Life Council does not certify educational facilities therefore the Council claims no responsibility for the academic quality of any program.  To be added to this list of academic programs, email resources@childlife.org.

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United States and Canada

Alabama
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Louisiana

Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Mississippi
Missouri
New Hampshire
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma  

Ontario (Canada)
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Washington
Wisconsin
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Alabama

 

Auburn University

Auburn, AL

Website: http://www.humsci.auburn.edu/hdfs/ugrad-internships.php
Department: Human Development & Family Studies
Contact: Dr. Jamie Sailors-Andersen, Ph.D., Director of Undergraduate Internships
Email: anderja@auburn.edu
Phone: 334-844-3217
Degree: Undergraduate - Human Development & Family Studies with Child Life Concentration

 

Samford University

Birmingham, AL

Website: http://dlserver.samford.edu/fams/index.htm
Department: Family Studies
Contact: Dr. Clara Gerhardt, Chair and Professor
Email: kbchandl@samford.edu
Phone: 205-726-2843 x. 2087
Degree: Undergraduate

 

University of Alabama 

Tuscaloosa, AL

Website: www.ches.ua.edu/departments/hd/undergraduates/
Department: Human Devel. & Family Studies
Contact: Sherwood Burns-Nader, PhD, CCLS, Assistant Professor
Email: sburns@ches.ua.edu
Phone: 205-348-6269
Degree: Undergraduate
Date of Origin: 1980 

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Arizona

 

Arizona State University

Phoenix, AZ

Website: http://www.asu.edu/clas/ssfd/childlife/
Department: School of Social and Family Dynamics (SSFD) or School of Community Resources & Development (SCRD)
Contact: Academic advisors in either the School of Social and Family Dynamics (SSFD) or School of Community Resources & Development (SCRD)
Phone: 480-965-6978 (SSFD) or  602-496-0550 (SCRD)
Degree: Undergraduate Degree with Certificate in Child Life

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Arkansas

 

Harding University 

Searcy, AR

Website: www.harding.edu
Department: Family and Consumer Sciences 
Contact: Crystal Whittington, PhD, CCLS, CFLE, CIMI, CFCS, Assistant Professor
Email: cwhittington@harding.edu
Phone: 501-279-4676
Degree: Undergraduate - Child Life

 

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California

 

Azuza Pacific University

Azuza, CA

Website: www.apu.edu
Department: Psychology
Contact: Kathryn Ecklund, PhD, Associate Professor, Psychology
Email: kecklund@apu.edu
Phone: 626-815-6000 ext. 2740
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology: Child Life Specialist Concentration

 

Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, CA

Website: http://childlifespecialist.llu.edu
Department: Counseling and Family Sciences
Contact: Michelle Minyard-Widmann, M.S., CCLS, Program Director and Assistant Professor
Email: maminyard@llu.edu
Phone: 909-558-4547 x 47072
Degree: Masters - Child Life

 

Mills College

Oakland, CA

Website: www.Mills.edu
Department: Education 
Contact: Dr. Linda Perez, Associate Professor/Clinical Licensed Psychologist
Email: lmperez@mills.edu
Phone: 510-430-2328; 510-430-3190 
Degree: Undergraduate and Graduate - Child Life
Date of Origin: 1978

 

University of La Verne 

La Verne, CA

Website: http://www.ulv.edu/
Department: Education
Contact: Leslie Ann Young, CCLS
Emaillyoung@laverne.edu
Phone: 909-593-3511 x 4640
Degree: Graduate - Child Life

 

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Colorado

 

Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO

Website: http://www.hdfs.cahs.colostate.edu/
Department: Human Development & Family Studies
Contact: Dr. David MacPhee, Professor
Email:macphee@cahs.colostate.edu
Phone:970-491-5503
Degree: Undergraduate and Graduate - Human Development & Family Studies with Child Life Concentration
Date of Origin: 1975

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Florida

 

Nova Southeastern University

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Websitehttp://www.nova.edu/humanservices/devdisabilities/curriculum.html
Department: Institute for the Study of Human Service, Health and Justice
Contact: Dr. Donna Hillier, Director of Academics 
Emaildonna.hillier@nova.edu
Phone: 954-262-7264
Degree: MS in Developmental Disabilities, Child Life Specialist Concentration

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Georgia

 

Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, GA

Website: www.georgiasouthern.edu
Department: Family and Consumer Sciences
Contact: Dr. Jerri Kropp
Email: jkropp@georgiasouthern.edu
Phone: 912-681-5537 or 912-681-5809
Degree: Undergraduate - Child & Family Development
Date of Origin: 1993

 

University of Georgia 

Athens, GA

Website: www.fcs.uga.edu
Department: Child and Family Development
Contact: Dr. Charlotte Wallinga, Director of Child Life
Email: cwallinga@fcs.uga.edu
Phone: 706-542-4899 
Degree: Undergraduate and Graduate - Child and Family Development with an emphasis in Child Life
Date of Origin: 1980

 

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Illinois

 

Erikson Institute

Chicago, IL

Website: www.erikson.edu
Department: Child Development
Contact: Sharon Syc, Ph.D., Clinical Associate Professor and Co-Director Infant Specialist Certificate Program
Email: ssyc@erikson.edu
Phone: 312-893-7187
Degree: Graduate - Child Development with Child Life Concentration

 

Illinois State University

Normal, IL

Website: http://fcs.illinoisstate.edu/
Department: Family and Consumer Science
Contact: Keri Edwards, MS, CCLS, CPST, CIMI, Child Life Program Director
Email: kledwar@ilstu.edu
Phone: 309-438-2648
Degree: Undergraduate  - BS in Family and Consumer Sciences in Human Development Sequence and
Graduate - MS in Family and Consumer Sciences with Child Life Concentration
Date of Origin: 1994 

 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

Urbana, IL

Website: www.uiuc.edu
Department: Human Devel. & Family Services
Contact: Debra Shelton Medlyn
Email: dmedlyn@illinois.edu
Degree: Undergraduate in Human Developent and Family Services
Date of Origin: 1986

 

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Indiana

 

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

Website: http://www.bsu.edu/fcs/
Department: Family and Consumer Sciences
Contact: Kresha Warnock, Program Director, Child Development, Child Life, and Family Studies
or Jennifer Young, Academic Advisor
Email: kwarnock@bsu.edu or jyoung@bsu.edu
Phone: 765-285-5924
Degree: Undergraduate - Family and Consumer Sciences, Child Life Option

 

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Iowa

 

University of Iowa 

Iowa City, IA

Websitehttp://clas.uiowa.edu/hhp/tracks/child-life/
Department: Health and Human Physiology
Contact: Emily Mozena, MA, CCLS, CTRS
Email: emily-mozena@uiowa.edu
Phone: 319-335-3822 
Degree: Undergraduate - Leisure Studies with Child Life Concentration

 

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Louisiana

 

Louisiana Tech University

Ruston, LA

Website: http://www.latech.edu/ans/human-ecology/
Department: Human Ecology
Contact: Anita H. Pumphrey, CCLS, Instructor
Email: apumphrey@latech.edu
Phone: 318-257-4517
Degree: Undergraduate
Date of Origin: 1990

 

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Maryland

 

Towson University 

Towson, MD

Website: Undergraduate: http://www.towson.edu/fmst/;  Graduate: http://grad.towson.edu/program/master/fmst-ms/
Department: Family Studies and Community Development
Contact: Lisa A. Martinelli Beasley, ATR-BC, CCLS, Clinical Assistant Professor
Email: lmartinelli@towson.edu
Phone: 410-704-3766
Degree: Undergraduate and Graduate - Child Life, Administration and Family Collaboration 

 

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Massachusetts

 

Springfield College 

Springfield, MA

Website: www.spfldcol.edu
Contact: Dr. Kevin McAllister, Graduate Coordinator, Child Life/Therapuetic Recreation
Email: kmcallis@spfldcol.edu
Phone: 413-748-3476
Degree: Undergraduate, Graduate
Date of Origin: Child Life, 1985; Therapeutic Recreation, 1940

 

Wheelock College

Boston, MA

Website: www.wheelock.edu
Contact: Paul Thayer, Chair, Department of Child Life and Family Studies
Email: undergrad@wheelock.edu or graduate@wheelock.edu
Phone: 617-879-2350
Degree: Undergraduate, Graduate
Date of Origin: 1972

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Michigan

 

Concordia University Ann Arbor 

Ann Arbor, MI

Website: www.cuaa.edu
Department: Family Life
Contact: Karna J. Doyle, CFLE, Child Life Concentration Coordinator
Email: doylek@cuaa.edu
Phone: 734-995-4602
Degree: Undergraduate - Family Life with Child Life Concentration

 

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Mississippi

 

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS

Website: http://www.humansci.msstate.edu/students/human_science.asp  
Department:  Human Sciences
Contact: Julie C. Parker, PhD, CCLS
Email: jparker@humansci.msstate.edu
Phone
: 662-325-0828
Degree: Undergraduate - Human Development & Family Studies with Child Life Concentration

 

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Missouri

 

Missouri State University

Springfield, MO

Website: http://www.missouristate.edu/
Department: Early Childhood & Family Development
Contact: Cara Smith, MA, CCLS or Melissa Schotthofer, MA, CCLS
Email: CLSmith@MissouriState.edu or MelissaSchotthofer@MissouriState.edu
Phone417-836-8874 or 417-836-6144
Degree: Undergraduate - Specialization in Child Life
Date of Origin: Child Life, 1987; Early Childhood and Family Specialization, 1963

 

University of Missouri - Columbia

Columbia, MO

Website: http://hdfs.missouri.edu/
Department: Human Development and Family Studies
Contact: Nora Hager, MA, CCLS, Child Life Program Coordinator
Email: hagern@missouri.edu
Phone: 573-884-5997 
Degree: Undergraduate and Graduate - Human Development & Family Studies with Child Life Concentration
Date of Origin: 1983

 

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New Hampshire

 

University of New Hampshire

Durham, NH

Website: www.unh.edu
Department: Health and Human Services
Contacts:
Michael Kalinowski, EdD, Associate Professor - Family Studies
Email: m.kalinowski@unh.edu
Phone: 603-862-1234

Patti Craig, Ph.D, CTRS/L, Assistant Professor - Recreation Management and Policy
Email: pjcraig@cisunix.unh.edu
Phone:
603-862-0140 

Trish Cox, MSW, M.S.Ed., CCLS, Adjunct Faculty for FS/RMP
Email: trish.cox@unh.edu
Phone: 603-686-9407 

Degree: Undergraduate - Child Life Minor offered by the Department of Family Studies
and Therapeutic Recreation option in the Department of Recreation Management and Policy 

 

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New York

 

Bank Street College

New York, NY

Website: www.bankstreet.edu
Department: Education
Contact: Troy Pinkney-Ragsdale, Director of Child Life Program 
Email:tpinkney@bankstreet.edu
Phone: 212-875-4473
Degree: Graduate - Child Life
Date of Origin: 1988

 

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York       

Website
: http://falk.syr.edu/ChildFamilyStudies/Undergraduate.aspx 
Department:  Child and Family Studies
Program Contact:  Colleen Baish, CCLS, M.Ed.
Email: cabaish@syr.edu
Phone: 315-443-2757
Admissions Contact: http://falk.syr.edu/Contact/Default.aspx
Degree: BS degree in Child and Family Studies with a specialization in Child Life

 

Utica College

Utica, NY

Website: www.utica.edu
Department: Psychology/Child Life
Contact: Melodee Moltman, MS, Ed, CCLS
Email: mmoltman@utica.edu
Phone: 315-792-3098
Degree: Undergraduate
Date of Origin: 1978 

 

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North Carolina

 

East Carolina University 

Greenville, NC

Website: www.ecu.edu
Department: Child Development & Family Relations
Contact: Dr. Sandra Triebenbacher, Associate Professor
Email: triebenbachers@ecu.edu
Phone: 252-328-1336
Degree: Undergraduate and Graduate - Child Development & Family Relations with a Specialization in Child Life
Date of Origin: 1990

 

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Ohio

 

Ohio University

Athens, OH

Website: http://www.ohio.edu/chsp/sph/
Department: Social and Public Health
Contact: Jenny Chabot, PhD, CCLS
Email: chabot@ohio.edu
Phone: 740-593-2871
Degree: Undergraduate and Graduate - Child and Family Studies with Concentration in Child Life

 

University of Akron 

Akron, OH

Website: http://www.uakron.edu/health/
Department: Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Contact: Rose Resler, MA, CCLS, Director of Child Life Specialist Program 
Email: rresler@uakron.edu
Phone: 330-972-8040
DegreeBachelor of Arts in Child Life, Master of Arts in Child Life
Date of Origin: 1979

 

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Oklahoma

 

Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, OK

Website: http://humansciences.okstate.edu/
Department:
Human Development and Family Science
Contact:
Erin Bailey, MA. CCLS - Child Life Coordinator & Adjunct Instructor
Email:
erin.r.bailey@okstate.edu
Degree:
Undergraduate HDFS Child and Family Services with an option in child life specialist  

Website: http://education.okstate.edu/index.php/leisure-studies-tr-overview
Department: Applied Health & Education Psychology
Contact: Tim Passmore, Ed.D., CTRS, Associate Professor
Email: tim.passmore@okstate.edu
Phone: 405-744-1811
Degree: Undergraduate - Leisure Studies-Therapeutic Recreation with concentration in Child Life Therapy

 

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Pennsylvania

 

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

Website: http://www.education.pitt.edu/adp/
Department: Applied Developmental Psychology
Contact: Dr. Amanda Hirsch, Coordinator, Master's Program
Email: hirscham@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-624-7230
Degree: Graduate - MS in Applied Developmental Psychology with Child Life Concentration

 

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South Carolina

 

Columbia College

Columbia, SC

Websitewww.columbiasc.edu
Department: Child and Family Studies / Child Life
Contact: Joyce W. Fields, Ph. D
Emailjfields@columbiasc.edu
Phone: 808 786-3688
Degree:  Undergraduate - BA in Child & Family Studies with Child Life Emphasis

 

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Tennessee

 

Tennessee Tech University 

Cookeville, TN

Websitewww.tntech.edu/hec
Department: Human Ecology
Contact: Cara Sisk, MA, CCLS, Child Life Program Director and Instructor
Email: csisk@tntech.edu
Phone: 931-372-6017
Degree:  Undergraduate - Child Development and Family Relations with Child Life Concentration

 

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Website: www.vanderbilt.edu
Department: Psychology and Human Development
Contact: Vicki S. Harris, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor
Email: vicki.s.harris@vanderbilt.edu
Phone: 615-343-1896
Degree: Graduate - M.Ed. in Applied Child Studies with Pediatrics Healthcare Concentration
Date of Origin: 2003 

 

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Texas

 

Texas State University - San Marcos 

San Marcos, TX

Website: http://www.fcs.txstate.edu/degrees-programs/fcd/fcdgrad.html
Department: Family and Consumer Sciences
Contact: Dr. Elizabeth Morgan Russell, Assistant Professor
Email: er15@txstate.edu
Phone: 512-245-9196
Degree: Graduate - Family and Child Studies with Graduate Child Life Track

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Utah

 

University of Utah 

Salt Lake City, UT

Website: www.fcs.utah.edu/undergrad/clp/
Department: Family & Consumer Studies
Contact: Jenny Stout, Academic Advisor
Email: jenny.stout@fcs.utah.edu
Phone: 801-581-4431
Degree: Undergraduate, Graduate
Date of Origin: 1989

 

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Washington

 

Eastern Washington University

Cheney, WA

Website: http://www.ewu.edu/csbssw/programs/childrens-studies.xml
Department: Children's Studies
Contact: Sue Wright, PhD 
Email: swright@ewu.edu
Phone:  509-359-4817
Degree: BA, Children's Studies - Child Life Track

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Wisconsin

 

Edgewood College

Madison, WI

Website: www.edgewood.edu
Department: Education
Contact: Katie Glass, MEd, CCLS, Child Life Coordinator
Email: KGlass@edgewood.edu
Phone: 608-663-4433
Degree: Undergraduate - Child Life
Date of Origin: 1980

 

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Ontario (Canada)

 

McMaster University 

Hamilton, ON

Website: www.fhs.mcmaster.ca/childlife
Department: Child Life Studies
Contact: Sarah Patterson, Curriculum Coordinator 
Email: spatter@mcmaster.ca
Phone: 905-525-9140 x 22795
Degree: Postprofessional Diploma Programme
Date of Origin: 1989

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Online Only Academic Programs

 
American Public University

Website: http://catalog.apus.edu/2011/undergraduate/academic-programs/bachelor/child.htm
Department: Child and Family Development
Contact name: Nancy Heath, PhD
Email: nheath@apus.edu
Phone: 630-607-9033
Degree: BA, Child and Family Development

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Child Life Assistant Programs

These programs are self-identified as having degrees/curriculums for child life assistants. The Child Life Council does not certify educational facilities therefore the Council claims no responsibility for the academic quality of any program.

 

Minnesota

 

Dakota County Technical College

Rosemount, MN

Website: http://www.dctc.edu/
Department: Early Childhood and Youth Development
Contact: Dawn Braa, MA, Early Childhood and Youth Development Instructor
Email: dawn.braa@dctc.edu
Phone: 651-423-8315

Degree: Associate in Applied Science: Child Life Assistant Program with Fieldwork Experience 

 

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