Endorsed Program Directory

The Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) defines endorsement of 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 academic programs which meet the standards prescribed by ACLP. The purpose of this process is to promote the interests of students through improving the quality of teaching, learning, and professional practice.

Students graduating from an endorsed program during the period of endorsement 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 coursework requirements. This means students graduating from an endorsed program during the period of endorsement have the assurance that their coursework satisfies the 2019 coursework requirements for exam eligibility. Students who have graduated from or are enrolled in an ACLP-endorsed academic program during the period of endorsment must contact the ACLP office in order to start their Eligibility Assessment.

Undergraduate Endorsed Programs

  • Auburn University, Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, Child Life Track, Effective for students graduating between April 2019 and April 2024
  • Central Washington UniversityBachelor of Science in Family and Child Life, Child Life Specialization, Effective for students graduating between January 2019 and January 2024
  • Harding University, Bachelor of Science in Child Life, Effective for students graduating between April 2019 and April 2024
  • Syracuse University, Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science, Specialization Track: Child Life Specialist, Effective for students graduating between April 2018 and April 2023
  • Tennessee Technological University, Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology, Child Life Concentration, Effective for students graduating between July 2019 and July 2024

Graduate Endorsed Programs

  • Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development, Master of Science in Child Life and Family Centered Care, Effective for students graduating between October 2018 and October 2023
  • Loma Linda University, Master of Science, Child Life Specialist, Effective for students graduating between April 2019 and April 2024
  • McMaster University, Master of Science in Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care, Effective for students graduating between April 2019 and April 2024
  • The University of Iowa, Master of Science Health & Human Physiology, Sub-Track Child Life, Effective for students graduating between January 2019 and January 2024
  • The University of Minnesota, Master of Arts in Applied Child and Adolescent Development, Child Life Concentration, Effective for students graduating between July 2019 and July 2024

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