Practicum experience is intended to introduce the student to the field of child life, as well as the variety of experiences facing children and adolescents in the healthcare setting. This type of training is highly recommended for those students who are considering a career as a child life specialist.
A child life specialist will supervise the student as he or she participates in individual and group activities with children and families. The student will also have the opportunity to observe certified child life specialists in their work with patients, families and the interdisciplinary team. Students are placed in two areas of the hospital for their practicum experience.
For additional information about the practicum experience, download the practicum application, which includes the Practicum Job Description and Application.
Start/end dates depend on several variables, including Hospital orientation dates and the length of the student experience. Check with the student program coordinator for the program you are interested in for more specific information on the flexibility of start/end dates, as they will vary as well from program to program. For Spring 2015, the session dates are Jan. 5, 2015 through April 10, 2015. For the Summer 2015 session, the dates are May 18, 2015 through Aug. 21, 2015. For Fall 2015, the session dates are Aug. 31, 2015 through Dec. 4, 2015. Please contact the Student Programs Coordinator with any questions regarding the start and end dates.
The number of students accepted varies from semester to semester due to the number of applicants and supervisor availability. Generally, we accept one to three child life practicum students per semester.
No, you do not need a bachelor’s degree in child life at this time. Many child life staff have their degrees in Child Development, Human Development and Family Studies, Psychology, etc. It is important for applicants to have applicable coursework relating to child development, family studies, etc. More information about the Child Life Council's course recommendations and changes regarding academic preparations can be found at their website.
Information on career planning can be found on the Child Life Council website.
Yes. If you have completed at least your junior year of undergraduate work, you are eligible to apply for our practicum experience.
For more information about professional education in the Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy Department, please call 267-426-1340 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.