Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy

Child Life Student Programs: An Overview 

Child life student training opportunities are available to expose and educate individuals to the child life profession. These experiences are offered three times a year, beginning in January, May and September. Qualified students should submit a completed application and be available for an on-site interview. Students for whom an on-site interview is not feasible due to distance may participate in a phone interview.

Application is not a guarantee of acceptance, and not all applicants are invited to interview.

After an application is reviewed, the prospective student will receive a notification if they will be moving forward to the interview phase of the application process. Candidates who participate in the interview process will be notified of any potential internship opportunities according to the notification standards and timeline set by the Child Life Council.

The Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy department provides students with quality supervision and education during placement, and as such, only accepts a limited number of students per semester.

Types of student training

Child life practicum experience

120-hour experience designed to introduce individuals to the Child Life Specialist profession. See child life practicum.

Child life internship experience

640-hour comprehensive experience for individuals who desire to be eligible to sit for the Child Life Specialist certification examination (by the Child Life Council). See child life internship.

Dual child life/therapeutic recreation Internship

720-hour experience for those individuals planning to be eligible to sit for both the Child Life Specialist certification examination (through the Child Life Council) and Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists examination (through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification). See dual child life/therapeutic recreation internship.

Contact us

For more information about professional education in the Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy Department at 267-426-1340 or e-mail childlifestudentprograms@email.chop.edu.

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