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Child and Family Studies (Concentration in Child Life), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #601 (WUR) Athens, OH, United States
This Child and Family Studies (Concentration in Child Life) concentration at Ohio University prepares students for careers working with children and families in pediatric health care settings, including the Ronald McDonald House, Make-a-Wish organizations, and children's hospitals.
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Overview

  • This Child and Family Studies (Concentration in Child Life) concentration at Ohio University also prepares students to become a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS), as designated by the Child Life Council, the governing organization that oversees this profession. 
  • The CCLS helps normalize the hospitalization experience for children and families, and provides specific services that include preparations for medical procedures, coping skills for children during stressful health care experiences, support for siblings and parents, therapeutic medical play, planning and implementing activities to enhance growth and development, and interdisciplinary team involvement.
  • In addition to core courses in the child and family studies program, students in this concentration are required to take courses in biology, psychology, early childhood education, and health.  Students following the CCLS career path must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher in order to apply for the required child life practica and internships. 

Opportunities Upon Graduation

  • With an accumulation of over 700 hours of service-learning, practicum, and internship experiences (includes 600 hour final internship, 75 hour practicum, and required service-learning hours built into selected courses), students who graduate from this program will have ample opportunities to explore career options, gain valuable experience, and develop/refine marketable skills. Child and family studies graduates find employment in many areas of human services, including child and family services, adolescent groups homes, rehabilitation centers, community programs for the developmentally disabled, senior citizen centers and facilities, family planning centers, mental health agencies, probation services, emergency shelters, adult foster care, hospice, hospitals, 4-H programs, and other agencies that assist families and individuals in crisis. 
  • The child and family studies program offers three different concentrations to choose from: child, adult, and family services; child life; and family gerontology. All three concentrations are designed to provide a strong foundation for those students who plan to go on to graduate school.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Intimate and Family Relationships 
  • Individuals and Families Over the Lifespan
  • Aging and Family Relations in Modern Society 
  • Death, Dying and Bereavement 
  • Research Design and Program Evaluation 
  • Children, Families, and Diversity
  • Professional Assessment and Helping Skills 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    68

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    520

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Application form
  • $70 international application processing fee
  • Official academic records
  • Evidence of sufficient funding
  • Statement of activities.
  • Exams for scholarship consideration
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS results if available. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22406 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22406 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    22406 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22406 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    12612 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12612 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Athens

  • 1079 - 1780 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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