Counsel Children and Families through Crises with a Child Life Specialist Degree
Are you compassionate towards children and desire to help families through traumatic life experiences? Our Bachelor of Science in Psychology: Child Life Specialist degree can provide the training you need to pursue this calling on your life. With this credential, you’ll be able to support children and their families through crises.
You’re passionate about 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. Our child life specialist degree provides the knowledge and skills you need to work with families during these healthcare emergencies.
Why Choose Liberty’s Psychology: Child Life Specialist Degree?
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 related master’s and doctoral level degrees in related fields. They want to mentor you throughout your degree program, passing along the knowledge they’ve gained working in the field and in higher education.
Another valuable part of our child life specialist degree is our required internship. By completing an internship, you’ll receive real-life, hands-on experience in your field, making you career-ready upon graduation. Plus, the curriculum and internship prepare you to sit for the national examination to become a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS), making you more marketable to potential employers.
What Will You Learn in Our Psychology: Child Life Specialist Degree?
At Liberty, we want to provide you with a degree that will prepare you to pursue a graduate program in a psychology-related field or start your career upon graduation. Our child life specialist degree provides foundational training in psychology-related subjects, while also providing the more specialized knowledge you will need to pursue a career as a specialist in child development.
Our foundational courses in psychology provide training in the following variety of topics:
- Abnormal Psychology
- Behavioral Modification
- Multicultural Counseling and Research Issues
- Psychological Measurement
- Psychology of Personality
- Social Psychology
Additionally, the child specialist cognate focuses on courses related to childhood development and healthcare needs. These classes, along with your required internship, provide all you need to be successful in your child life specialist career.
View the Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below for more information on what you’ll be studying!
PSYC 312 – Social Psychology
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- How the presence of other people affects an individual’s behavior
- How an individual forms opinions and attitudes about others
- Topics in the course include 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
- Models of behaviorism
- Social learning
- Cognitive development
- Attribution theories
PSYC 420 – Psychology and Christianity
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- The relationship between Christian theology and the science of psychology
- Philosophical foundations
- The major models of conceptualizing the relationship between the two disciplines
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 your national certification exam to become a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS).
- Christ-centered courses can give you an edge in research and counseling techniques.
- Receive faculty-student mentoring in research projects with the potential of publication of your research as an undergraduate student.
- Recently purchased operant boxes allow you to engage in animal research with faculty.
- Multiple psychology events and internship opportunities are available to give you practical, hands-on training 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.
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
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)
- SAT, ACT, or CLT scores
- Admission essay
*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.