Child Life, Administration & Family Collaboration (M.S.)

Child life student playing with young patient
Our child life students help children feel comfortable in medical settings by engaging them in medical play.

The master’s in child life, administration and family collaboration provides advanced education for students who wish to become Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS) and for those already certified and working in the field.

This program’s broad curriculum engages students through applied research, focuses on family collaboration, and prepares students for management and administrative positions. In addition to in-class learning opportunities, fluency in technology is enhanced through web-based coursework and through research. Field-based projects and internships also complement traditional coursework. View admission and degree requirements in the Graduate Catalog.

Students who complete this program finish with a post-baccalaureate certificate in Family Professional Collaboration and may also earn another certificate in clinician-administrator transition.

Apply for an Assistantship

Towson’s graduate assistantship program offers a limited number of graduate assistantships each year to qualified students. Students apply for either full-time (20 hours-per-week) or half-time (10 hours-per-week) assistantships. To be considered, a student must submit an assistantship application and a resume.

why towson?

Regional Leader

  • Small classes taught by experienced faculty give you a real opportunity to interact with your instructors and fellow classmates.
  • Towson's master’s program in child life, administration and family collaboration is the only child life graduate program in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware or the District of Columbia.
  • The Association of Child Life Professionals has identified this graduate program as one of only 18 in North America with a child life focus.

Contact Information

Graduate Program Director
Lisa Martinelli, MPS, ATR-BC, CCLS
College of Liberal Arts
Suite 2210
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.