Bachelor Of Science In Psychology Child Life Specialist
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Transfer in up to 75% of the degree total
Next Start Date
Aug 19, 2024
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Help Children and Families Work Through Crises with a Child Life Specialist Degree

Are you passionate about working with children and helping families through traumatic life experiences? Maybe you’d like to pursue your child life specialist certification and complete a child life specialist college program that can help you provide child- and family-centered care to various populations. If this sounds like you, Liberty University’s BS in Psychology – Child Life Specialist degree is a great option!

Our psychology and child life specialist degree program can help provide the training you need to pursue God’s calling on your life. With our bachelor’s degree in psychology – child life specialist, you can learn how to support young patients and their families through times of crisis.

You are passionate about promoting the well-being of children and their families. Maybe you have personal experience with the hospitalization of a young loved one, close friend, your own child, or even yourself. You understand the fear and uncertainty that consumes loved ones during these traumatic times.

This degree program can help provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to work with families during these healthcare emergencies and other challenges. If you’re wondering how to become a child life specialist, Liberty’s BS in Psychology Child Life Specialist degree is a great place to start!

Can I earn my child life specialist certification with this degree?

Our BS in Psychology — Child Life Specialist degree is designed to prepare you to sit for the national Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) examination.

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At Liberty, you’ll find an affordable, high-quality education that equips students like you for the real world. Our commitment to excellence helped us rank among’s Top 3 college campuses in America. Earning your degree from a nonprofit university with state-of-the-art resources like ours can help set you apart from your peers.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Psychology Degree for Child Life Specialists?

Our desire is to equip you with the knowledge and experience you need to excel in your career field upon graduation. That’s why our child life specialist degree is designed to give you all the resources you need to successfully complete your degree and subsequently pursue your career as a child life specialist.

One of the most valuable resources available to you while you’re studying with us is our professors, who have experience working in counseling, psychology, and human services as well as master’s and doctoral degrees in related fields. They want to mentor you throughout your degree program and pass along the knowledge they’ve gained working in the field and in higher education.

Another valuable part of our child life specialist degree is the required internship. By completing an internship, you’ll receive real-life, hands-on experience in your field, so you can be career-ready upon graduation.

What Will You Learn as a Psychology and Child Life Specialist Major?

At Liberty, we aim to provide you with a psychology and child life degree that can help prepare you to pursue a graduate, psychology-related degree or start your career upon graduation. Our child life specialist degree provides foundational training in psychology-related subjects as well as more specialized knowledge that you will need to pursue a career as a specialist in child development.

Our foundational courses in psychology provide training in the following topics:

  • Abnormal psychology
  • Behavioral modification
  • Multicultural counseling and research issues
  • Psychological measurement
  • Psychology of personality
  • Social psychology

Additionally, the child life specialization focuses on courses related to childhood development and healthcare needs. These classes, along with your required internship, can help equip you with the training, skills, and abilities needed to succeed as a child life professional. The time to prepare for the future is now. Partner with us to begin a rewarding career in child psychology.

View the Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below for more information on what you’ll be studying!

Featured Courses

PSYC 312 – Social Psychology

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • How an individual forms opinions and attitudes about others
  • How the presence of other people affects an individual’s behavior
  • Interpersonal attraction, the accuracy of eyewitness testimony, the impact of television on aggression, non-verbal communication, group decision-making, and the impact of advertising on beliefs and behavior

PSYC 341 – Psychology of Personality

In this course, you will learn about the major historical and contemporary theories of the origin and development of personality, emphasizing the role of the dynamics of personality.

PSYC 365 – Psychological Foundations of Learning

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • A study of human learning, including examination of conditioning, modeling, cognitive development, and high-level thought processes
  • Attribution theories
  • Cognitive development
  • Memory
  • Models of behaviorism
  • Motivation
  • Social learning

PSYC 420 – Psychology and Christianity

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The relationship between Christian theology and the science of psychology
  • The major models of conceptualizing the relationship between the 2 disciplines


Degree Information


Admission Requirements

Highlights of Our Psychology – Child Life Specialist Degree

  • Completion of our child life specialist degree provides the knowledge and experience you need to sit for the national certification exam to become a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS).
  • Our Christ-centered courses can give you an edge in research and counseling techniques.
  • Receive faculty-student mentoring while conducting research projects with the potential for publication of your research as an undergraduate student.
  • Use our operant boxes to conduct animal research alongside faculty.
  • Multiple psychology events and internship opportunities are available to give you practical, hands-on training and experience.
  • Academic trips are available to Ecuador, New York, and Poland.
  • Our psychology club — Club Psych — provides a way for you to interact with professors and peers in the field.

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BS in Psychology – Child Life Specialist Degree Information

Career Opportunities for Psychology – Child Life Specialist Graduates

  • Child development psychologist
  • Child life specialist
  • Counselor/psychologist with a private practice
  • Healthcare counselor
  • Residential treatment counselor/psychologist

*Note: Graduate training and licensure are typically required to become a professional counselor or psychologist. While this degree program is designed to help prepare you for the Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) examination, it is not designed to result in counseling licensure. 

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees

Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:

  • Admission application
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official college transcripts (if applicable)
  • Results from the CLT, SAT, or ACT are not required for admission, but may be used in consideration for merit-based aid.
  • Admission essay

 *Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.