Academic Curriculum

Master of Science in Child Life (MSCL) Program

The MSCL program is founded on a longstanding professional collaboration between the College of Charleston (CofC) and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Our program's curriculum is consistent with the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) guidelines. A cohort of approximately 10 students is admitted each fall. Students will progress through the full-time two-year program together as a group, following a set curriculum. Practicum is integrated into the academic curriculum so students are able to apply what they learn in real time. 

College of Charleston MSCL Coursework

Fall- Year One

CHLI 601   Introduction to Child Life

CHLI 607   Advanced Child Development

CHLI 605   Psychosocial Aspects of Illness, Trauma, and Hospitalization/Pediatric Illness

Spring- Year One

CHLI 602   Therapeutic Play for Child Life Specialists

CHLI 603   Death and Dying

CHLI 608   Research Methods in Child Life

Summer- Year One

CHLI 604   Program Development and Practicum in Child Life

COMM 580 Seminar in Communication (Techniques in Health Communication)


CHLI 650 International Experiences in Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care

Fall- Year Two

CHLI 606   Family Issues

CHLI 611   Working with Children with Special Needs and Developmental Disabilities

CHLI 610   Infant Development

Spring- Year Two

CHLI 701 Child Life Internship (Capstone Experience)

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