Online Master of Science in Child Development

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Grow your expertise in child life leadership and advocacy while enjoying the flexibility of an online master’s degree program.

We know that a child life specialist plays an important role within a medical setting. Now more than ever, with the COVID-19 pandemic, they become an advocate for the psychosocial needs of children and families. This online program is designed for Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS) with three to five years of experience.

Erikson Institute has prepared generations of certified child life specialists who work in both hospital and non-hospital settings. Now, Erikson will help prepare child life leaders with this new 30 credit hour, online child development master’s degree program.

Become the child life advocates and leaders families need

Students will gain skills in developing and administering child life programs to produce better outcomes for children within hospital settings. As a part of the health care team, students will learn about how they can implement research findings to advocate for child life outside of the hospital. The child development and child life leadership concentration courses will help you develop leadership and advocacy skills to help build, manage and innovate child life programs.

*This program does not lead to child life licensure. If you are looking for a program that leads to child life specialist certification, consider our on-campus degree program.


Become a Child Life Leader

This Master’s degree in Child Life Leadership can help grow your skills as an advocate for children and families in a hospital or alternative setting.