Bachelor of Science Degree • School of Healh Professions
Studying Psychology - Child Life: The UC Advantage
The psychology - child life major at Utica College is an interdisciplinary program that enhances your understanding of children, adolescents, and their families in preparation for rewarding careers that focus on child growth and development.
Child Life Council, the leading nonprofit professional association serving child life specialists. The major features an emphasis on research and applied knowledge, with many opportunities for internships and other real-world experiences.
CurriculumThe psychology - child life major offers two concentrations:
CHILD LIFE SPECIALIST- prepares students to meet the psychological needs of children and adolescents who are chronically or acutely ill.
CHILD STUDIES- considers the impact on children of a number of common stressful situations.
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Program Student Learning Goals
Career OutcomesThe psychology - child life program prepares you for career opportunities in a variety of settings that include:
- Early intervention
- Child care
- Social services settings
- Brooklyn Hospital Center
- Noah's Ark (Dover, NH)
- North Country Transitional Living Services
- St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
Child Life Video
Child Life Online
In The News:
CHILD LIFE STORY ON NPR
CHILD LIFE COUNCIL www.childlife.org
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HEALTH PLAY SPECIALISTS www.nahps.org.uk
The Magazine for Child Life Specialists.
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"My Child Life degree from Utica College has prepared me well for my career as a Child Life Specialist. Not only did I get a thorough background in child growth and development, I was also prepared through classes and a range of fieldwork assignments. I remember how exciting it was to actually relate theory into practice." "My Child Life degree from Utica College has prepared me well for my career as a Child Life Specialist. Not only did I get a thorough background in child growth and development, I was also prepared through classes such as Anatomy and Physiology and Medicines and Pediatrics, which has been a great asset in working in a health care profession. Fieldwork hours with both healthy and hospitalized children including a wide range of ages and abilities were an invaluable experience. I remember how exciting it was during my internship when I was able to actually relate theory into practice."
Sarah MacDonald '97
Child Life Specialist
Child Life Specialist