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An Online Undergraduate Certificate in Child Life That Can Jump-Start or Enhance Your Education

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Earn Your Online Certificate in Child Life

No child should experience confusion, fear, or pain from unexpected events such as chronic illness, death of a loved one, or natural disasters. And sometimes parents, friends, and family are ill-equipped in being able to successfully helping children navigate through difficult times.

American Public University offers an online undergraduate certificate in Child Life. It will give you the tools to be able to communicate with children, help them overcome even the most challenging events, and give them and their families the tools to cope and heal. Child Life specialists have become increasingly essential to pediatric care.

With APU's online certificate in Child Life, you will be better prepared to:

  • Provide therapeutic activities requiring coping mechanisms, such as counseling and grief support.
  • Participate in advocacy.
  • Understand theory and practice.
  • Use play as therapy.
  • Build family education strategies for anxiety and fear reduction.

You will find American Public University’s online class environment engaging and supportive for adult learners. We offer monthly start dates and 8-week class formats.

What’s next?

After completing the undergraduate certificate, additional coursework may be required to sit for the Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) examination. All candidates must complete the required fieldwork or internship hours not offered by the university directly. Additional requirements on the CCLS exam can be found at www.childlife.org.

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Accessible Learning

Plan around your work and life responsibilities with courses that are online and feature weekly class schedules with no set login times.

Recognized for Quality

Part of American Public University System, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Several programs have earned specialty accreditation.

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Certificate students can typically transfer up to 9 credits for previous academic coursework, job experience, and professional training. We also consider ACE-evaluated training and credits by exam.

Future-Focused

You have access to our vast network of working professional students and alumni, and our career services team provides continuous assistance.

Real-World Knowledge

You’ll be guided by faculty skilled in providing an engaging learning journey rooted in real-world experience from government, Fortune 500 companies, healthcare, defense agencies, technology firms, and the military.

Your Time to Shine

You always have a front row seat in APU’s online classroom. Undergraduate classes average 19 students.

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APU does not charge to evaluate and apply eligible transfer credit.

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We provide no-cost textbooks and ebooks for all undergraduates.

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Tuition for associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and undergraduate certificates.

$250
Per Credit Hour

For undergraduate and master’s-level programs with APU’s Military Tuition Grant for eligible students

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