McMaster University began offering a Master's in Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care program in the fall of 2016. Our previous Child Life Studies diploma program is now closed.
Stream 1 of this program provides 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 provides practicing health care professionals with advanced practice skills in pediatric psychosocial care in a course-based format (no internships required).
Courses are 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.