McMaster University will offer a Master's in Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care program as of the fall of 2016. Pending approval, our current Child Life Studies diploma program will be closed effective September 2016.
Stream 1 of this program will provide academic and clinical training (2 internships) to prepare students with knowledge, clinical skills, and professional behaviours to practice as entry level child life specialists.
Stream 2 will provide child life specialists or practicing health professionals with advanced practice skills in pediatric psychosocial care in a course-based format (no internships required).
Courses will be offered on campus and online to provide a flexible and accessible learning schedule.
Opportunities for both real-time and asynchronous sessions in addition to two one-week residency periods held on campus will provide learners with opportunities for self-directed learning, guided instruction as well as hands on application of theory to practice throughout the curriculum.