Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a Concentration in Child Life The University of Alabama




Course info


The Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences, Human Development & Family Studies with a concentration in Child Life offered online prepares you to become an expert in the growth and development of both healthy and hospitalized children.

As a Child Life Specialist, you’ll act as an interdisciplinary member of the healthcare team— promoting optimum development of infants, children, adolescents and families; maintaining normal living patterns and minimizing psychological upset stemming from illness, disability, or hospitalization. Child Life Specialists also promote effective coping through play, preparation, education and self-expression activities.

You can take classes from wherever you are and complete coursework at the time that best fits your schedule. Upon graduation, qualifying students may sit for the Child Life Professional Certification Examination.

The University of Alabama is leading the way in Child Life education. As one of the few universities in the country with PhD faculty in the area of Child Life, UA is able to offer students the highest quality experience with the leaders who are shaping the healthcare industry. These same professors are excited to extend that same quality to online students by being one of the first universities in the country to offer a degree with a concentration in Child Life completely online.

The program requires 120 hours and consists of a comprehensive foundation of courses related to the growth and development of the healthy child as well as the hospitalized child. Students participate in many laboratory and practicum experiences with children. These experiences, along with theoretical information, provide a foundation necessary for working with hospitalized children and their families. This curriculum leads to child life certification by allowing qualified students to sit for the Child Life Professional Certification Examination upon graduation.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a Concentration in Child Life.

Online/Distance (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees

USD $375 per credit hour

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution


18-Aug-21, 12-Jan-22


The University of Alabama



35487, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Formal admission into the Child Life Concentration requires the submission of an application packet after the student has completed 60 hours, including at least 12 hours of HD courses. Students must be accepted into the program before they can take HD 426, Hospitalized Children and Youth and before they can be scheduled for an internship.

To apply for formal admission to any of the undergraduate degree programs offered through Bama By Distance, you must complete an admissions application and submit transcripts from all colleges previously attended.

International applicants must submit an official qualifying English Proficiency test score:

TOEFL iBT score of 79 and above

TOEFL paper-based score of 550 and above

IELTS score of 6.0 or above

Pearson’s Test of English score of 54 or above

Duolingo English Test score of 51 or above

Application Deadline: July 15 for fall admission; November 15 for spring admission; April 15 for summer admission.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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