TU to launch M.S. in child life, administration and family collaboration
Lisa Martinelli-Beasley to direct new program
TOWSON, Md. (Feb. 4, 2009)—This fall TU will introduce its Master of Science program in child life, administration and family collaboration, one of only 18 graduate programs in North America centering on student life.
Child life specialists have become standard personnel in most American and Canadian large pediatric centers as well as in many smaller pediatric inpatient units and children’s hospitals within larger adult facilities. These specialists provide family-centered care and help children and families cope with health-care experiences through play, developmentally appropriate education, psychological preparation and the creative arts.
TU’s master’s program will provide advanced education for certified child life specialists working in the field and for those students seeking certification as child life specialists (CCLS).The program also meets academic preparation requirements stipulated by the National Child Life Council as a prerequisite for certification as a child life specialist. Students complete the program with two post-baccalaureate certificates in family professional collaboration and clinician-administrator transition.
Program director Lisa Martinelli-Beasley says TU’s program will have a broader scope than many of the other programs with a child life emphasis.
“Many programs focus solely on child development, education and child life theory," she says. "Our program’s broad scope of curriculum will not only engage students through the eyes of a child life specialist, but will also will focus on family collaboration and help prepare students for management and administrative positions within child life departments.”
Along with traditional in-class learning, the program provides students with multiple learning opportunities through Web-enhanced coursework, field-based projects and internships. Small class sizes promote learning—acceptance to the program is limited to 14 new students a year.
“Our health care system continues to change,” says Martinelli-Beasley. “TU’s new program will help future child life specialists keep pace in their education and training so they can offer the best possible care to our children and families.”