Course Catalog: Graduate Department of Child Life and Family Studies

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2015-2016 academic year.

Paul Thayer, Co-Chair and Associate Professor

Catherine Donahue, Associate Professor

Suzanne Graca, Instructor

Ann Herzog, Instructor

Carolyn Kurker-Gallagher, Instructor

Stefi Rubin, Associate Professor

Claire White, Co-Chair and Assistant Professor

Available Programs of Study:

Certificate in Family and Parenting Services
Master of Science, Child Life and Family Centered Care
Master of Science, Child Life and Family Centered Care: Advanced Studies
Specialization in Birth to Three

Certificate in Family and Parenting Services/12 credits

Increasingly, parenting and family support and education are being recognized as an appropriate strategy for supporting parents and parents-to-be, and as a foundation for raising healthy children and families. There is a high demand for knowledgeable, skilled professionals in this developing field. In this program, professionals who work with families in supportive, educational and therapeutic capacities will gain knowledge of the issues and concerns of parents, and of how to respond to these concerns; gain an understanding of how adults grow and develop and of the developmental stages of parenting; and gain the skills needed to work more effectively with parents individually and in groups.

HDF 515 Lifespan Development II: Adult Development 3 credits
CFS 614 Perspectives on Parenting 3 credits
CFS 737 Working with Parents 3 credits
CFP 603 Practicum and Seminar I: Family Studies 3 credits

M.S./Child Life And Family Centered Care/39 credits

The Child Life and Family-Centered Care program prepares students to work as child life specialists in inpatient, outpatient, and community-based health care settings. Students develop skills as child development specialists, interdisciplinary team members and health educators. They select courses in child life, human development, multiculturalism, research, and child and family studies. The Child Life and Family-Centered Care Program includes clinical experiences and course work that prepare students, as members of an interdisciplinary health team, to support the psychosocial and developmental needs of children and families across the health care continuum. Upon successful completion of the program, students will obtain a Master of Science in Child Life and Family Centered Care, course verification forms for the Child Life Council, and will be eligible to sit for the Child Life Council Certification examination.

Learning outcomes for the Child Life and Family Centered Care major:

Students will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to assess needs of children undergoing medical treatments and provide psychological preparation for stressful events;
  • Implement child life services using evidence-based practice;
  • Create an environment where play is valued;
  • Provide a safe, therapeutic, and healing environment for children and families
Requirements  
Core Courses 9 credits
HDF 526 The Meaning and Development of Play/3 cr
Multicultural selective/3 cr
Research selective/3 cr
Department Courses 6 credits
Selectives in Human Development or Child and Family Studies courses to be determined with academic advisor.
Program Courses 18 credits
CLF 632 The Child and Family in Health Care/3 cr
CLF 670 Clinical Issues in Child Life Programs/3 cr
CLP 671 Clinical Experience & Seminar I: Children in Health Care Settings/6 cr
CLF 770 Child Life Program Development and Administration/3 cr
CLP 673 Clinical Experience and Seminar II: Child Health & Development/3 cr
Elective Courses 6 credits

MS/Child Life and Family Centered Care: Advanced Studies/36 credits

Designed for students who are currently eligible to become certified as Child Life Specialists or have completed a 480-hour internship under a certified Child Life Specialist, this program offers opportunities for students to advance the skills of the Child Life Competencies. During one optional 200-hour internship in a community health care or specialty setting, students work with interdisciplinary teams in more specialized areas of child life, including: child development and family-centered care, health promotion, bereavement support and program development. Advanced standing students have the option of completing any of the current graduate certificates rather than completing the optional internship.

Learning outcomes for the Child Life and Family Centered Care: Advanced Studies major:

Students will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to assess needs of children undergoing medical treatments and provide psychological preparation for stressful events;
  • Implement child life services using evidence-based practice;
  • Create an environment where play is valued;
  • Provide a safe, therapeutic, and healing environment for children and families
Requirements  
Core Courses 9 credits
HDF 526 The Meaning and Development of Play/3 cr
Multicultural selective/3 cr
Research selective/3 cr
Department Courses 9 credits
Selectives in Human Development or Child and Family Studies
Program Courses 12 credits
CLF 632 The Child and Family in Health Care/3 cr
CLF 670 Clinical Issues in Child Life Programs/3 cr
CLP 670 Clinical Experience and Seminar I: Child Health & Development/3 cr
CLF 770 Child Life Program Development and Administration/3 cr
Elective Courses 6 credits
Optional internship: CLP 672 Clinical Experience and Seminar II/3 cr

Specialization in Birth to Three/12 credits

The Birth to Three Specialization prepares practitioners and clinicians to work in infant and toddler care and education settings, family support, early head start and early intervention programs.  Courses focus on developing knowledge and skills for specialized program planning and leadership positions in programs for infants, toddlers and their families.  Foundational courses in infant and toddler development and family support are followed by the additional courses and one practicum and seminar.

Requirements 12 credits
HDF 560 Risk and Resilience in Infancy 3 credits
CFS 514 Curriculum Development B-3 3 credits
CFS 504 Assessment of Development in B-3 3 credits
CFS 516 Curriculum/Program Planning in EI 3 credits

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