This 15-credit program will prepare students to meet the professional requirements of the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) to become eligible to write the Child Life Certification Exam. Students who have successfully completed the exam and received the designation of CCLS (Certified Child Life Specialist) can become employed in hospital child life programs and community health settings.
Child Life Specialists utilize therapeutic play, preparation, education, and support to decrease stress and anxiety experienced by children, youth, and families facing illness, injury, and hospitalization. The Graduate certificate in Child Life and Community Health will create a pathway for success for students interested in this area of practice.
While the certificate prepares students for a career in a hospital or community health care setting, the certificate will also be an asset to graduates working in a variety of settings supporting children, youth, and families in challenging life situations. The program will prepare students to continue their education at the graduate level, through providing foundational theories specific to child life, play, child development, transitions, and working with grief and loss.
Upon completion of the Graduate certificate in Child Life and Community Health, students will be able to:
Applications will be accepted beginning on May 1, 2018 for entrance to the Winter 2019 semester. Applications will be accepted until spaces are filled. The program accepts a maximum of 12 students every other year. Once the current spaces are filled the next application period will begin in February 2020 for entrance to the Winter 2021 semester.
Apply online at ufv.ca/admissions/apply. A $75 application fee will be required.
Statement of intent outlining experience and career objectives.
Official sealed transcripts (or interim transcripts) from every post-secondary institution attended showing grade/course achievement as per entrance requirements. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to UFV from the originating institution; see the Transfer Credit section for details.
Three reference letters (at least one academic and one employment/professional).
Applicants will be advised of an admission decision and provided with registration information. A deposit is required prior to registration (see Fees and additional costs section below) and will be applied toward tuition fees.
Admission will be on a competitive basis. Meeting the minimal requirements does not guarantee admission.
This certificate prepares people to work with vulnerable populations. To ensure that the strongest, most suitable candidates are selected, points are awarded for performance on seven criteria.
Students will be ranked based on the points earned for the criteria listed below:
See the Fees and Other Costs section. There will be additional costs for textbooks, and for the internship there may be associated travel and living expenses.
There are 15 credits in the Graduate certificate in Child Life and Community Health. Students will complete three courses and a 600-hour internship in a clinical setting. It is expected that students will take between four and five semesters to meet all certificate requirements.
The program is located at the Abbotsford campus.
Courses will be delivered in a face-to-face format. The internship (CYC 711) will be a clinical experience at regional, provincial, national, or international health care organizations with whom UFV has established affiliation agreements. The learning modules for the clinical internship are available online for students and clinical supervisors to access as distance learners.
Program orientation and planning
|CYC 762||Transitions: Working with Grief and Loss||3|
|CYC 761||Child Life and Community Health
|CYC 770||Play/Expressive Therapies||3|
|CYC 711||Child Life Internship
UFV Graduate Studies policy requires that at least 75% of program courses be taken at UFV. The internship must be completed through UFV, and it is anticipated that most students will take all their courses through UFV. However, a maximum one course (25%) may be taken at another university for transfer credit into the program. This would require advance approval of the Child, Youth and Family Studies department head, and the Associate Vice-President of Graduate Studies and Research upon admission.
Transfer credit and/or PLAR credit will not be accepted for CYC 711 (Child Life Internship).
For other program regulations, please see the General Regulations for Graduate Studies.
For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.