College of Human Sciences adds Master of Child Life—First in the State of Alabama

The College of Human Sciences at Auburn University is the first in Alabama to offer a child life focused master’s program. The graduate-level Child Life program is designed for students who plan to work with children and families as child life specialists in high-stress environments such as the hospital. Child life specialists employ their knowledge of development, family systems, the brain's reaction to stress and play to help children and families cope with stress.

The program is made up of 33 credit hours and two hands-on clinical experiences totaling 750 hours. Graduates of the program will be prepared to sit for national certification to become Certified Child Life Specialists.