The Future of Child Life

Academic professionals and internship coordinators have a vital role in the future of the child life field. Your guidance and expertise ensure that new child life professionals are competent, skilled, and ready to positively affect children and families.


Accreditation and Endorsement

Accreditation and endorsement are voluntary processes of self-study and external review intended to evaluate, enhance, and publicly recognize quality child life academic and clinical internship programs, promote the best interest of students, and better the child life profession as a whole through continuous quality improvement.

Course Pre-Approval

Pre-approval of courses is a voluntary process by which graduate and undergraduate academic programs can identify which of their course offerings would be accepted towards the 2019 course requirements. The pre-approval process evaluates a program's course(s) utilizing course descriptions, syllabi and other materials to make a determination as to whether or not a specific course fulfills one or more of the 2019 course requirements. If pre-approved, academic programs can provide assurance to their students that their course offerings will meet one or more of the certification (2019) course requirements. 

Course Pre-Approval

PDU Pre-Approval

Pre-approval of courses, webinars, conferences, and other educational opportunities is a voluntary process by which programs can identify which of their offerings meet ACLP's standards as providing professional development units (PDUs), the measurement of continuing education for the Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) credential. If pre-approved, programs can publicize this pre-approval status to Certified Child Life Specialists looking for continuing education content guaranteed to meet ACLP's recertification requirements.

PDU Pre-Approval

ACLP Academic Program Directory

Academic preparation is the foundation of a career in child life. Use the Academic Program Directory to learn about programs and connect with colleagues.

Child Life Academic Programs

ACLP Endorsed Programs

Internship/Clinical Directory

Clinical internships ensure that only appropriately-skilled individuals enter the field. Use the Internship Program Directory to learn about programs and connect with colleagues.

Access the Directory

Accredited Internships

Update Program Information

Keeping your program directory information up-to-date is one of the easiest ways to ensure the right students are reaching you. You can update program contact information, when internships are offered, affiliation requirements, prerequisites, courses and degrees offered, and more. Please note: You need to have company administrator rights to update your program record. If you aren't sure whether you do, please call the office at 571-483-4500 and we would be happy to assist you.