Child Life - MS

The M.S. in Child Life degree will require a practicum of 100 or more hours (to be completed by the student independently) and an internship of 600 or more hours, as well as a capstone project. The practicum will be scheduled for completion during the 2nd and 3rd semesters of the program. Students will be responsible for clinical hands-on work as well as written academic work during this experience. Students will complete these hours at local hospitals including but not limited to East Alabama Medical Center, Piedmont Healthcare, and Children’s of Alabama.

The internship will be completed during the students’ last semester of enrollment. Students will be responsible for clinical hands-on work as well as written academic work during this experience. Students may travel to any hospital they wish that is able to enter into an affiliation agreement with Auburn.

Finally, students will complete a capstone project during the internship course (HDFS 7950) that addresses a current need or issue pertinent to the field of child life. They will present this project in a formal presentation to their peers and faculty. Child Life Faculty will work with students to identify areas of interest for the capstone project and will support students during its completion.

The degree will require the following courses.

HDFS 6300: HDFS and Social Policy - 3 credits     

HDFS 7000: Adolescent Development - 3 credits    

HDFS 7010: Child and Adolescent Development in Context  - 3 credits         

HDFS 7040: Family Processes - 3 credits         

HDFS 8010: Relationship Development and Process in   Childhood and Adolescence - 3 credits           

HDFS 7100: Advanced Hospitalized Children and Their Families - 3 credits NEW

HDFS 7110: Advanced Play and Therapeutic Interventions - 3 credits  NEW

HDFS 7120: Research Literacy - 3 credits     NEW

HDFS 7950: Internship- 9 credits   NEW