The Child Life program, a gateway to the Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) credential, is coordinated with the Association of Child Life Professionals programmatic and educational standards for the child life practitioner.
Application to the Child Life program at Tennessee Technological University is required and should be made in the second semester of sophomore year after completing HEC 2250 and while enrolled in HEC 2550.
The components of eligibility to sit for the Child Life Professional Certification Examination are:
Complete 10 college courses in specific content areas
Including child life content taught by a Certified Child Life Specialist
Child Life Clinical Internship (600 hours under the direct supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist)
For more details regarding eligibility requirements, please see the Association of Child Life Professional’s website at childlife.org
In order to graduate with a B.S. degree, Human Ecology, concentration Child Life, the following requirements must be completed prior to graduation.
Students must be accepted into and successfully complete a Child Life Practicum under the direct supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist. The practicum course may be taken in the Spring or Summer semester of the Junior year.
Students must be accepted into and successfully complete a Child Life clinical experience (internship) which is supervised by a Certified Child Life Specialist. To pass the clinical experience course, students must earn minimal entry-level competence during the internship experience.
Students who are unsuccessful in securing placement for an appropriate practicum may not continue on in the Child Life concentration. Students who are unsuccessful in securing an appropriate Child Life Internship prior to graduation, may NOT graduate with a degree in Human Ecology, concentration in Child Life.
AGHE 1020 not required for transfer students with more than 12 hours.