By limiting enrollment to no more than ten students annually for each degree program, faculty members are able to support students throughout the entire process of becoming certified—from academic study through the clinical internship and exam preparation. Courses are taught by ten instructors, including two full-time and two adjunct professors with the CCLS credential. Program faculty maintain strong relationships with local hospitals, partner with the on-campus library to provide child-life specific resources, and advise the student child life association, which coordinates a Child Life Week on campus during Child Life Month. Faculty are active ACLP members, and ACLP webinars are incorporated into the curriculum. Networking is encouraged and facilitated, and Dr. Katie Glass, EdD, CCLS, Child Life Program Director, accompanied thirty-three students to the Child Life Annual Conference in Chicago this year. All faculty remain connected and available to program alumni by offering peer-to-peer mentoring and yearly alumni events.
Securing an internship can be a challenging hurdle for those pursuing the CCLS credential. To make this process less daunting, Edgewood students are exposed to curriculum intended to prepare them for the application process as well as the clinical internship experience. Edgewood’s model of internship advising exemplifies the faculty’s commitment to developing and maintaining partnerships and supporting students in a comprehensive manner. The school offers a graduate-level course devoted to the internship process and sponsors focused internship application days in the on-campus writing center, where students receive assistance with their internship application essays. The student association also offers interview preparation and resume workshops. Upon securing an internship, students are enrolled in an online internship course to ensure they receive the necessary support and to encourage focus on reflective practice and self-care. Faculty facilitate the internship affiliation with hospitals and complete in-person site visits with students during their internships. These visits are part of Edgewood's commitment to partner with clinical child life programs.