The Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) defines endorsement of undergraduate academic programs in child life as an assurance that a program meets the standards and requirements set forth in the Standards for Academic and Clinical Preparation Programs found in the most current Official Documents of the ACLP. Endorsement is a voluntary process of self-study and external review intended to evaluate, enhance, and publicly recognize undergraduate academic programs which meet the standards prescribed by ACLP. The endorsement is not intended to prescribe a program’s educational goals or the process by which they should be attained. The purpose of this process is to promote the interests of students through improving the quality of teaching, learning, and professional practice.
While information regarding Undergraduate Endorsement is available now, the Application Portal will not open until June 2017. The first review cycle will begin July 1, 2017. Interested programs can still submit their Intent-to-Apply Forms now.
High school graduates and/or students who have not already obtained a bachelor’s degree who wish to satisfy the 2019 course work requirements for exam eligibility plus demonstrate their commitment to the field through graduation from a recognized institution
Students graduating from an endorsed program will still need to complete an eligibility assessment with ACLP but will not need to have each course reviewed as endorsement signifies inclusion of all areas of the course work requirement.
Students completing coursework at unendorsed academic programs will still be eligible for the certification exam but will need to have all of their 10 courses reviewed by ACLP, as is the current practice.