Helping children and families in their greatest time of need

Concordia University Wisconsin's Child Life Master's Program is a distinctive choice in that it provides, evidence-based curriculum, integration and application of curriculum in interdisciplinary experiential (simulation) learning opportunities, and a Christian mission- including an emphasis on mission trip and service opportunities.

Cost Per Credit$630

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Program Overview

Concordia University Wisconsin is committed to preparing child life specialists who employ evidence-based methods in integrative health care settings and settings where children and families impacted by illness, injury, and health care are served. The intent of the Child Life Master’s Program is to prepare men and women for a life of service in the church and in the world in the specialized area of Child Life. This program is designed to deepen understanding of child development and of the processes of supporting children and families during medical interventions, crises or hospitalization, and in developmentally appropriate and trauma informed ways.

A child life specialist is a professional trained in how to assess coping in a child or teen that has been affected by being sick, hurt, and/or in the healthcare (hospital, urgent care, doctor office, clinic) setting. These professionals have learned the common reactions of children to healthcare settings and ways to help support children and teens during the challenging healthcare experiences that they often face. Child life specialists assess how children are coping with their experiences with medical tests and procedures and develop ways to support them. They explain new diagnoses and medical procedures using words that are easier to understand. Child life specialists support children and teens and can also help support children affected by death, dying, and grief. This includes support for children whose parents or siblings may be the hospitalized patient. This program strengthens your skills as a Child Life Specialist to be the best professional you can be.

What to Expect

Children and families can encounter a variety of health care related stressors and potentially traumatic events when faced with acute and chronic illness, injury, trauma and bereavement. These experiences can lead to complex feelings that can greatly influence the child's development and the child's, and family's, abilities to cope. This program will help you to address them from a Christian perspective, within an interdisciplinary health care team, to provide exceptional child life services with a servant's heart. Students will examine how to provide evidence-based, developmentally and psychologically appropriate, interventions for children and families, as well as analyze the steps that child life professionals can take to advocate on behalf of the child and family impacted by illness, injury, and health care.

Students in this program may qualify for Uncommon Scholarships. Read more about Concordia's Uncommon Scholarships here.


In addition to our main and online campuses, Concordia has center locations which offer accelerated undergraduate and graduate programs close to where you live and work. The Master of Arts in Child Life program is available at the following:

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