Child Life Specialist Undergraduate Certificate

The Child Life Specialist Certificate is open to all current Miami undergraduate students from any major.

Courses in the certificate

Take all of the following (24 credit hours):
FSW 245: Children and Families: Ages Conception - 12.
FSW 261: Diverse Family Systems Across the Life Cycle
FSW 295: Research and Evaluation Methods
FSW 318: Child Life Theory and Practice
FSW/SOC 435: Death Studies
FSW 445: Therapeutic Play for Child Life Specialists
FSW 481: Adolescent Development in Diverse Families: Ages 13-25
FSW 494: Internship with Children and Families or FSW 340: Internship (3 credit hours)

Choose 3 of the following (9-11 credit hours):
FSW 375: Perspectives on Child Maltreatment and Child Advocacy
FSW 385. Global Child Advocacy Issues
FSW 451: Family Violence (capstone)
FSW 455. Professional and Systematic Responses to Child Maltreatment
FSW 475: Family Theories
BIO 161: Principles of Human Physiology
KNH 209: Medical Terminology for Health Professionals
KNH 245: Issues of Health & Wellness for the Young Child
PHL 375: Medical Ethics
PSY 111: Introduction to Psychology
PSY 112: Foundational Experiences in Psychology
PSY 242: Abnormal Psychology

Application Process

Child Life Certificate Application Requirements
  1. Personal Statement (<300 words): 
    1. Why have you chosen to enter the field of Child Life? 
    2. What experiences do you have working with children?
  2. Resume or list of work/volunteer experiences with children with the number of hours completed in each position.


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Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply their understanding of child development from conception through young adulthood.
  2. Demonstrate their ability to read and understand social science research reports.
  3. Understand the principles of Patient and Family-Centered Care, including principles of respect and dignity, information sharing, supporting participation in care, and collaboration between families and members of the health care team.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of Therapeutic Play, including benefits of play, medical play, and specific modalities of play that are effective within the clinical setting.
  5. Students will meet the eligibility requirements to apply academic knowledge in a professional setting in a 600-hour final internship.