BS in Human Development and Family Science with Emphasis in Child Life Specialist
Degree Program Description
The Child Life Specialist emphasis area prepares graduates to provide for the socioemotional needs, and support the optimum growth and development of children and their families in a variety of health care settings. Child life specialists use therapeutic play, psychological preparation, and coping skills interventions to help reduce the anxiety and stress related to illness, disability, hospitalization and medical procedures. Through a family-centered care approach, they provide parents and other family members reassurance and emotional support, help them understand psychosocial needs, and provide tools to help them minimize psychological trauma. Courses focus on understanding normal and exceptional child and family development, effective methods of working with children and families, as well as integration of theory and research into hands-on clinical practice experiences. In addition to a 100-hour practicum experience (selection is on a competitive, space-available basis) at MU’s Children’s Hospital, the student’s last semester is spent off-campus completing a 14 to 16 week clinical internship in a pediatric hospital setting. Students who successfully complete the degree program are prepared to take the Child Life Professional Certification Exam presented by the Child Life Certification Committee.
Major Program Requirements
This academic emphasis requires that students successfully complete child life volunteer, practicum, and clinical internship experiences to attain this degree, as well as be eligible to take the Child Life Professional Certification Examination to obtain the CCLS credential. Clinical education sites require that students provide proof of health insurance, up-to-date immunizations, and student professional liability insurance. Students must also pass mandatory drug screens, criminal background checks, and any other required qualification checks prior to beginning any clinical education experience in child life.
Failure to provide appropriate documentation, or pass drug screens and criminal background checks prior to the beginning of these experiences may result in dismissal from the child life degree program in HDFS. The student is responsible for all costs incurred with these qualification checks.
Students must complete all university requirements, including general education, in addition to the degree requirements below. All courses in sections A-B below are required. Students must achieve a grade of C (2.0) in all HDFS courses in order to graduate with an HDFS major.
|A. Requirements in HDFS||74-77|
|H_D_FS 1600||Foundations of Family Science||3|
|H_D_FS 2200||Research Methods in Human Development and Family Science 4||3|
|H_D_FS 2300||Multicultural Study of Children and Families||3|
|H_D_FS 2400W||Principles of Human Development - Writing Intensive||4|
|H_D_FS 3050||Child Development: Birth to 3 (Infant/Toddler)||3|
|H_D_FS 3150W||Child Development 4-8 (Early Childhood) - Writing Intensive||3|
|H_D_FS 3430||Adolescence and Young Adulthood||3|
|H_D_FS 3500||Infant-Toddler Practicum||6|
|H_D_FS 3600||Partnering with Parents and Families||3|
|H_D_FS 3700||Preschool Practicum||6|
|H_D_FS 3800||Children's Play||3|
|H_D_FS 4085||Problems in Human Development and Family Science (Child Life Volunteering) 3||1|
|H_D_FS 4100||Children in Healthcare Settings||3|
|H_D_FS 4110||Child Life Theory and Practice||3|
|H_D_FS 4130||Child Life Practicum 1||3|
|H_D_FS 4400||Childhood Death and Bereavement||3|
|H_D_FS 4720||Child and Family Advocacy||3|
|or H_D_FS 4700||Children and Families in Poverty|
|Supporting Coursework - See advisor for list of course options||3-6|
|H_D_FS 4993||Internship in Human Development and Family Science 2||15|
|B. Requirements in Related Areas||15|
|PSYCH 1000||General Psychology||3|
|SOCIOL 1000||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|PHIL 2440||Medical Ethics||3|
|PTH_AS 2201||Human Anatomy Lecture||3|
|PTH_AS 2203||Human Anatomy Laboratory||2|
|CDS 2190||Medical Terminology||3|
|STAT 1200||Introductory Statistical Reasoning||3|
|or STAT 1300||Elementary Statistics|
|or STAT 1400||Elementary Statistics for Life Sciences|
|or ESC_PS 4170||Introduction to Applied Statistics|
Students are admitted to H_D_FS 4130 on a competitive, space-available basis. Interview applications are considered the semester before the student wishes to take H_D_FS 4130. Student must have attained a 3.2 CUM GPA to be eligible to interview, in addition to completing coursework requirements. See advisor for more information.
Students are admitted to H_D_FS 4993 after successful completion of H_D_FS 4130 (grade of 3.0/B or higher). Students must be selected by hospitals outside of Columbia through a student-initiated competitive application process. All other coursework must be completed prior to beginning the clinical internship.
Should be completed prior to end of sophomore year.
Statistics should be taken prior to H_D_FS 2200.
Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.
|ENGLSH 1000||3||BIO_SC 1010||3|
|GN_HES 1100||1||H_D_FS 2300||3|
|PSYCH 1000||3||H_D_FS 2400W||4|
|H_D_FS 1600||3||MATH 1100||3|
|COMMUN 1200||3||CDS 2190||3|
|H_D_FS 3050||3||H_D_FS 2200||3|
|HIST or POL SC||3||H_D_FS 3150W||3|
|H_D_FS 4085||1||H_D_FS 3500||6|
|PTH_AS 2201||3||PTH_AS 2203||2|
|FINPLN 2183||3||H_D_FS 3430||3|
|H_D_FS 3700||6||H_D_FS 4110||3|
|H_D_FS 4100||3||H_D_FS 4130||3|
|NEP 1034||3||H_D_FS 4400||3|
|H_D_FS 4700 or 4720||3|
|H_D_FS 3600||3||H_D_FS 4993||15|
|Total Credits: 120|
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