You’re patient, understanding, and empathetic. You want a career that’s all about helping others, especially children and adolescents. Psychology – child life may be the major for you.
This is our clarion call, which urges us all to never be complacent, to always keep moving forward, to lead with confidence and reach high. It embodies our commitment to the future, to innovation and discovery, and to dancing in-step with an ever-changing world.
The psychology - child life major at Utica College is an interdisciplinary program that enhances students’ understanding of children, adolescents, and their families in preparation for rewarding careers that focus on child growth and development. With an exceptionally accomplished faculty and excellent facilities, the major features an emphasis on research and applied knowledge, with many opportunities for internships and other real-world experiences.
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The psychology - child life major offers two concentrations: The Child Life Specialist track prepares students to meet the psychological needs of children and adolescents who are chronically or acutely ill. The Child Studies program prepares students for education and health and human service fields that support the healthy development of children and adolescents. The program is interdisciplinary with a curriculum that draws on psychology, early childhood education, sociology, and anthropology.
“The psychology child life program is so extremely unique because you learn so much in 4 years that you get to use for a lifetime. Between the coursework and fieldwork hours put in, this program ensures that you can confidently handle yourself in your professional career. I owe my future success to this staff members of Psych-Child Life because they have properly prepared me, and for that I will always be grateful to have completed my studies here at Utica College”
Maya Taylor '15
The psychology - child life program prepares graduates for career opportunities in a variety of settings that include:
UC’s psychology - child life program is a recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Service Award from the Child Life Council, the leading nonprofit professional association serving child life specialists.