UCSB Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE)’s Child Life program is a stepping stone to help you reach the next step towards becoming a certified child life specialist. Our courses have been reviewed, earned pre-approval, and are listed on the Association of Child Life Professionals Programs Offering Pre-Approved Courses.
THE CERTIFIED CHILD LIFE SPECIALIST (CCLS) credential is the exclusive certification issued by the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP). The requirements for becoming a CCLS include completing at least 10 academic courses, submitting coursework evaluation, accruing a minimum of 600 clinical internship hours, and passing the Child Life Professional Certification Examination administered by ACLP. For more information, please visit the Association of Child Life Professionals website.
According to the Association of Child Life Professionals, “applicants must have completed a total of 10 college-level courses in child life or a related department/subject including a minimum of one child life course taught by a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS).”
ED X370.2: Child Life: Introduction to Theory and Practice is taught by a CCLS and meets the six required topics of study set forth by the Association of Child Life Professionals. Upon successful completion of this course, the Child Life Course Verification Form is issued.