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Degree

Graduate Certificate in Child Life and Community Health (Course-Based)

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Degree

Graduate Certificate in Child Life and Community Health (Course-Based)

Quick facts

  • Tuition

    $5,904 CAD

  • Application fee

    $250 CAD

  • Duration

    16 months

  • PGWP

    16 months

  • Min GPA

    3 out of 4

Highlights
Internship
Practicum

These are mandatory and all come with course.

Deadlines

Term start & deadline Deadline
Fall-September 15-April-2023 2023-04-15

Overview

Graduate Certificate in Child Life and Community Health

FEATURES:

  • Practicum provides work experience and industry contacts
  • Prepares graduates to meet the professional requirements of the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) to become eligible to write the Child Life Certification Exam
  • A small cohort of a maximum of 12 students

The Child Life and Community Health program prepares you to meet the professional requirements of the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) to become eligible to write the Child Life Certification Exam and earn the designation of Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS).

While this unique 15-credit graduate certificate prepares you for a career in a hospital or community health care setting, it is also an excellent choice for working in various settings supporting children, youth, and families in challenging life situations.

The small cohort format provides a supportive learning environment where you can explore the theories specific to child life, therapeutic play, child development, and transitions and acquire the skills and knowledge required to work with grief and loss.

As part of the program, you gain work experience in the form of a 600-hour internship where you demonstrate competency in specific clinical skills as defined by the Association of Child Life Professionals.

Note: You are responsible for transportation and any travel costs associated with the internship. Internship sites are limited locally, and you may travel out of province or abroad to find an available site. 

Completion of an internship and verification by an eligible Certified Child Life Specialist Supervisor is required to apply to write the certification exam

Upon completion of the Child Life and Community Health program, you may opt to write the Child Life Certification Exam, or you may choose to continue your education at the graduate level.

Estimate your cost

Residency
Count of person

$13,043

Total costs

yearly

Details


Cost of living 1 person $7,116
Accommodation 1 bed room $7,139
Tuition 1 person $5,904

Hourly wage

Min wage

15.20 CAD / 1 hour

in Canada every student can work 20 hour per week

Required documents

  • Statement of intent
  • Three reference letters
  • Language proficiency test scores
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts
  • Passport

Language requirements

GRE
not required
GMAT
not required

IELTS

6.5
6
listening
6
writing
6
speaking
6
reading

TOEFL

88
20
listening
20
writing
20
speaking
20
reading

PTE

61
-
listening
60
writing
-
speaking
-
reading

Cambridge

-
listening
-
writing
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speaking
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reading
Language pathway (conditional offer) is available

If you do not meet the academic degree/diploma level, you may be eligible for our Qualifying Studies program. After you complete it and receive a minimum grade of C+, you may be eligible for degree/diploma academic studies.

You can apply for the Qualifying Studies academic upgrading program if:

  • You do not meet the minimum for the degree/diploma level programs.
  • You do meet the minimum for Qualifying Studies.

Minimum scores required for Qualifying Studies

  • *IELTS (Academic): score of 6.0 or higher with a minimum band score of 5.5
  • TOEFL (includes Home Edition): score of 80 or higher (iBT) with no section below 19
  • PTE: score of 56 with 52 in writing
  • Cambridge: Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) - C
  • Cambridge: First Certificate in English (FCE) - A
  • EIKEN: Grade Pre-1
  • English 12 C- (or recognized Canadian equivalent)
  • **DET: score of 100 or higher

*UFV does not accept IELTS Indicator results for admission purposes.

**UFV accepts the Duolingo English Test (DET) until the winter 2023 semester. 

English Language Studies (ELS)

If you do not meet our Qualifying Studies level, you may be eligible for the English Language Studies (ELS) foundational English and academic upgrading program

After completing the ELS program, you may be eligible for the Qualifying Studies level. To be eligible for ELS, you must have a minimum IELTS score (or equivalent) of 5.5 with no band score below 5.0.

There are three levels of ELS. Each level of ELS usually takes one semester.

You can apply for the ELS program if:

  • You do not meet the minimum for Qualifying Studies.
  • You do meet the minimum for ELS.

Minimum scores required for ELS

University Foundation Level (combined English and academic upgrading)

  • *IELTS: score of 5.5 or higher with a minimum band score of 5.0
  • TOEFL (includes Home Edition): score of 71 (iBT) with no section below 16
  • EIKEN: Grade 2A with CSE 2400 or higher
  • PTE: score of 46 with 44 in writing
  • **DET: score of 90 or higher

*UFV does not accept IELTS Indicator results for admission purposes.

**UFV accepts the Duolingo English Test (DET) until the winter 2023 semester. 


Academic background and requirement

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree: Applicants must complete an undergraduate degree (Child and Youth Care, Education, Psychology, Social Work, or other allied degrees) from a recognized post-secondary institution with a minimum GPA of 3.00 (B average).
  • Coursework: Applicants must have either graduated from an ACLP-endorsed degree program or have successfully completed specific prerequisite courses (listed below):

Minimum of two Child Development courses

Family Systems course

Research course

Three additional content-related courses (e.g. Ethics, Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Terminology, Counselling, Psychology, Therapeutic Recreation, Human Development, Family Studies, Sociology, Social Work, Early Childhood Education, Nursing)

  • Experience: Experience working with children or youth (paid work or practicum) must be a minimum of 600 hours. Students must have completed at least 100 volunteer hours with children or youth in a hospital or health-related setting.

Career opportunities

  • Healthcare Play Specialist
  • Hospital Play Specialist
  • Child & Youth Bereavement Worker
  • Patient Education & Support Coordinator

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