Child Life

PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM - A stepping-stone to becoming a Child Life Specialist! Our program is geared to provide students with a solid academic foundation as they explore and pursue the journey to becoming a Certified Child Life Specialist.

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This Program is Perfect For...

... PREPARATION for Child Life Certification OR any individual wishing to learn more about the field of child life, including child life assistants, interns, pediatric medical providers, classroom teachers working with children having chronic or life-threatening illnesses. FULLY ONLINE courses are designed to prepare you for CCLS certification exam. The coursework concentrates on childhood growth and development as well as the psychological impact of illness, divorce, and grief.

What you'll learn...


This program's coursework is designed to prepare you for CCLS certification.

An Application for our Child Life Professional Certificate is no longer required to enroll in any individual Child Life courses. 

NOTE* The Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) credential is the exclusive certification offered by the Association of Child Life Professionals.

UCSB Extension/PaCE offers courses to meet the 10 college-level requirements. All our courses have been reviewed, earned pre-approval, and are listed on the Association of Child Life Professionals Programs Offering Pre-Approved Courses or Academic Programs Offering Child Life Course

To determine which courses you need to complete to complement those from your Bachelor's degree to satisfy the requirements for the Exam, please complete the eligibility assessment offered through the Association of Child Life Professionals.

All classes are taught by Child Life Specialists.

Completion of the UCSB PaCE Chid Life certificate program does not result in Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) certification. Individuals seeking certification must take and pass an examination with the Association of Child Life Professionals. While courses in this certificate program may count toward the educational requirements for becoming eligible to take the examination, completion of this certificate program will not, in itself, result in CCLS certification. For more information about certification, visit the Association of Child Life Professionals.

You can enroll in 3 easy steps

OR    Enroll by phone - 805.893.4200 | Mon-Fri - 9am-5pm PST  


  Public UCSB Students International
Individual Courses $600 $600 $600
Estimated Certificate Cost (5 or more courses) $3,095 $3,095 $3,095

3 Easy Steps to Request Certificate

1 Log into your PaCE Student Account to verify that you have completed all Certificate requirements

2 Click here to request your certificate release

3 Check your email for a Certificate notification from, our official credential provider.

Advisory Board Members

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“An amazing story about Elizabeth Seton Children's Center in Yonkers, NY.  Some of the most at-risk children in the world are cared for here and one of our own, Vanessa Andrews is on the front line.  Since parents can't visit it's now the nurses' jobs to also fill those shoes. Read More.

-Vanessa Andrews

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