Step 1: Prerequisites for admission to the Child Life Certificate program (9 credit hours):

- FAM 252: Introduction to Relationships, Marriages, and Families
        --OR-- FAM 352: Issues in Family Sciences
FAM 357: Adolescent Development
- FAM 390: Research Methods in Family Sciences

Note: Each prerequisite must be completed with a B grade or better.

Step 2: Apply for admission to the Child Life Certificate

Step 3: Curriculum requirements for the Child Life Certificate (22 credit hours): 

- IEC 255: Child Development
- FAM 301: Supporting Hospitalized Children
- FAM 302: Learning and Healing through Play
- PHI 380: Death, Dying & the Quality of Life
- FAM 500: Child Life Practicum (or FAM 499 with Emily Bollinger as the instructor)

Also, complete at least two (6 credit hours) of the following courses:
- FAM 254: Life Span Human Development
- FAM 354: Contemporary Family Diversity
- FAM 360: Introduction to Family Intervention
- FAM 473: Family Life Education
- FAM 502: Families and Children Under Stress

Note: All certificate courses must be completed with a B grade or better.

Step 4: Complete a child life internship after graduation from UK with the child life undergraduate certificate. Many apply for child life internships using the Association of Child Life Professionals' Internship Readiness Common Application.

Step 5: Become Certified as a Child Life Specialist by meeting the requirements and following the steps described by the Association of Child Life Professionals. (Note: UK's Child Life Certificate provides the academic requirements and practicum experience needed for certification. However, after completing this undergraduate certificate program and graduating from UK, an internship must be completed [Step 4 above] and a certification exam must be passed to become certified by the Association of Child Life Professionals as a Child Life Specialist.)