College of Liberal Arts

Child Life, Administration and Family Collaboration (M.S.)

Why Earn a Master's Degree in Child Life, Administration and Family Collaboration?

The Master of Science program in Child Life, Administration and Family Collaboration provides advanced education for students who wish to become Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS) and for those individuals who are already certified and working in the field. This program has a broad scope of curriculum that engages students through applied research, focuses on family collaboration, and prepares students for management and administrative positions.

Gain All-Around Experience

This high quality program provides multiple learning opportunities and prepares students to improve the field of child life through the application of advanced knowledge and professional practice skills. In addition to traditional in-class learning opportunities, fluency in technology is enhanced through web-based coursework, use of technology for research, field-based projects and internships.

Small Class Sizes Promote Learning

In keeping with the professional emphasis of the program, acceptance is limited to 14 students a year. Students are encouraged to attend full-time to complete all program requirements within four terms, but may attend part-time for some or all of the degree work.

New Program Option Starting Fall 2013 - Bachelor's to Master's Program

Students in the Department of Family Studies Introduction to Child Life Track may, in their junior year, apply for admission to the B.S. to M.S. Program. This program allows students to complete combined undergraduate and graduate degrees in 5 years. Students accepted into the program begin graduate coursework during their senior year.

The Towson Difference

Towson's Master of Science program in Child Life, Administration and Family Collaboration is the only child life graduate program in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware or the District of Columbia. The Child Life Council has identified this graduate program as one of only 18 in North America with a child life focus. Students who complete this program finish with a post-baccalaureate certificate in Family Professional Collaboration and may also earn another certificate in Clinician-Administrator Transition. The curricular development of this program reflects years of collaboration with the department's Child Life Advisory Board, which played a central role in the program's design.

Apply for an Assistantship

The Towson University Graduate Studies Assistantship Program offers a limited number of graduate assistantships each year to qualified students. Students apply for either full-time (20 hours per week) or half-time (10 hours per week) assistantships. To be considered, a student must submit an assistantship application and a resume.


Lisa Martinelli Beasley Program Director


Rachel Jones


Rachel Jones, a master’s degree candidate in Child Life, Administration and Family Collaboration, works as a child life specialist at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital. Read more.






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