CofC Master of Science in Child Life Program

Master of Science in Child Life

A few of our first years spent the weekend volunteering at Camp Hands of Hope, a camp for children and families who have experienced the loss of a loved one! Our students came alongside these families in the midst of their grief journey and helped them to identify positive coping skills to effectively manage their emotions! The volunteers and families were able to enjoy Ripley’s Aquarium all weekend!

#cofcchildlife #cofc #student #handsofhope

Today our students got a first look at the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital! They even got to unpack some of the toys for the new playroom. The cohort is so excited to continue their practicum experience in the new hospital!

#shawnjenkinschildrenshospital #musc #childlifespecialist #ccls #student #cofcchildlife

Motivation Monday! 💓

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Happy #SecondYearSpotlight ... Valentine’s Day edition! 💓

“Hi, I’m India! My co-intern and I are completing our child life internship at Prisma Health Upstate Children’s Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina! My first rotation is a general pediatric inpatient unit and the pediatric intensive care unit. I also get to spend a few mornings a week in the outpatient hematology / oncology clinic where my supervisor is a CofC grad. I have loved being able to apply all of my theoretical knowledge to the clinical setting. I’ve already learned so much and I am excited to continue to see how different child life specialists work as I begin to build my own style.”

#cofcchildlife #childlifespecialist #cofc #student #internship #ccls #valentinesday

Happy Valentine’s Day from the CofC Child Life Program! ❤️

We are so proud of our second year students! #SecondYearSpotlight

“Hi everyone, I’m Maura! I’m doing my internship at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children in Boston, MA! I‘m on the infant-early school age inpatient unit Monday through Wednesday and Endoscopy/GI Thursday’s and Fridays. I love being able to be on both units for the entire semester because it gives me the opportunity to really grow in my abilities on both units without having to readjust to a new unit midway through. I’ve been able to apply my developmental and theoretical knowledge in so many different ways. As a major teaching hospital, MassGen is filled with students of all different disciplines so the learning opportunities are constant. The entire staff has been so welcoming and I could not have joined a better team!”

#childlifespecialist #childlife #student #internship #cofc #cofcchilife

A quote from one of our alumna, Annie Matlack. She speaks about the caliber of education she received when attending the Child Life Program at the College of Charleston.

You can support the CofC Child Life Program by donating here today 🙂

Today our students enjoyed the beautiful Charleston weather by having class outside! ☀️☀️☀️

The College of Charleston's 250th birthday was cause for great celebration! Thank you to all who donated. We truly appreciate your support!

Any amount you can give helps us to support student scholarships, community outreach service efforts, and important research in the psychosocial care of children.

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Today our students used a toy car to paint over their stressors! This therapeutic play activity allows children and adolescents to work through their positive and negative feelings towards the hospital experience as well as other life stressors.
#TherapeuticPlayTuesday #childlife #cofcchildlife #cofc #students

#MotivationMonday from one of our past students. Hannah speaks about the impact the CofC Child Life Program has had on her life and career. You can support the CofC Master in Child Life Program by clicking this link ( and donating today!

#CofC250 #CofCDAY #childlife #childlifespecialist #student

It’s another #SecondYearSpotlight!
“Hey, I’m Kylie! I’m completing internship right here in Charleston at MUSC Children’s Health. My first rotation is in the outpatient OR along with the outpatient procedure area where we support children & families through non sedated procedures. I have had the opportunity to use my knowledge gained from CofC of child development, family systems & play theory in order to prepare patients for anesthesia induction. I have also been able to promote a family centered care model by supporting family members as they accompany their child through the induction process with parent present inductions.

For my inpatient rotation I will have a week in the cardiology unit & then my second full rotation will be on the medical/surgical unit. Today we had the opportunity to tour the new children’s hospital that will be opening soon & this is one of my favorite spots in the atrium- the eye spy wall! I have already learned so much in my first three weeks & look forward to the many experiences to come!”

Celebrate the College of Charleston's 250th anniversary by making a gift on #CofCDAY to support the CofC Master in Child Life Program! Your gift will allow us to continue to provide the highest quality education and training to future Certified Child Life Specialists, who will address the multiple needs of children and families facing medical challenges. Your donations will support student scholarships, community outreach service efforts, and important research in the psychosocial care of children. #CofC250

Today our students learned that the process is more important than the product! The cohort was able to collaborate together to create art while using unique objects as art materials!

Today’s #MotivationMonday is from the inspirational words of Martin Luther King Jr.

Our first #SecondYearSpotlight of the semester! “Hi I’m Katie, and I’m doing my internship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital! My rotations include Neuro-Oncology/Solid Tumor Outpatient Clinic, Research and Leukemia/Lymphoma Outpatient Clinic, and Inpatient Leukemia/Lymphoma! I’m really excited to work with this team and to see all their ways of helping children and family cope with their hospital experiences! This is the “ABCs of Cancer” wall located in the hospital. It was coordinated by the Child Life program as a creative and therapeutic activity for patients to help express and explain what goes on in the hospital!”

Therapeutic Play Tuesday was filled with creating our very own small worlds! This activity allows for a great open-ended, sensory experience! Our students were able to learn and de-stress at the same time!

Motivation Monday! Challenging you to have the courage to bring out the treasures within you. There are so many!

Today we welcomed back our first year child life students! It was so good to see everyone! Looking forward to a great semester :)

*Reminder* January 15th is the application deadline for consideration for Fall 2020 admission!

Happy end of the semester! Congratulations to our wonderful students for finishing their last final today and ending the semester strong! 🎉🎉

Motivation Monday! It’s time to rid the spirit of comparison! Each of us are on our own path and will get to our destination in our own timing! #motivationmonday

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you all have a day filled with loved ones and good food! We’re so thankful for our amazing professors and students! What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?🦃🥧🍗🧡 #happythanksgiving

Happy last day of classes to our amazing second year students! Featuring the wonderful Professor Hubel! YOU DID IT! We are confident that each of you are going to learn so much and do so well in your final semester of internship, we are so proud of you!

Motivation Monday!

Today is world children’s day! • 11/20/19 • World Children’s day is UNICEF’s annual day of action for children, by children. UNICEF (The United Nations International Children’s Fund) constantly works to meet the needs and fight for the rights of children worldwide! Let’s take one day to do the same. How will you stand up for the rights of children today! #worldchildrensday

Motivation Monday!

SENSORY DAY! Today we explored different toys and activities for children with sensory needs! Sensory toys were versatile and activated many of the senses: tactile, auditory, visual, olfactory, vestibular, and taste. We explored strategies to employ with both sensory avoidant and sensory seeking patients in the healthcare setting! Our students had a fun time!

One of our second-year students, Katie, recently participated in the graduate school’s Three Minute Thesis! This was the first time child life has been represented in this research communication competition and she won the People’s Choice Award!! She presented her research on the effects of teddy bear clinics on preschoolers’ healthcare knowledge! We are so proud!

Today we honor the brave men and women who have served and are currently serving our nation. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. #veteransday

Motivation Monday! Mindset is everything!

Our students had a wonderful time volunteering with the Lonon Foundation at Elfstravaganza this year! This was a free event put on by Wonder Works to promote awareness for non-profit organizations and raise funds for the Uplift families! The children had a great time writing letters to santa at their booth! The Lonon Foundation
Happy holidays! 💚🎄🎅🏼🎉

Motivation Monday!

First year Friday!
“Hey y’all! My name is Christine and I graduated from East Carolina University with a BS in Family and Community Services! Go Pirates ☠️ I chose College of Charleston because I felt like this program would prepare me to become the best CCLS I can be and I am so happy to finally be here! The College of Charleston stood out to me because this program offers a unique practicum experience at MUSC that is woven into our coursework along with many other amazing community partnerships. The close-knit community and dedication of the professors offereing mentorship to their students has made Charleston feel like a home away from home!”

Happy Halloween! Hope everyone is having a safe, fun time celebrating! This year some of our first year students dressed up as crayola crayons for the celebration at MUSC Children’s Hospital! It was SPOOK-tacular!🎃👻🌟

Motivation Monday!

REMINDER! Come to our program information session this Thursday! If you are unable to attend, we will be live-streaming it right here on our page!

Motivation Monday! In this life, there are so many ups and downs. We are all going to face defeat at one point or another, but, do not let it define you! Keep pushing forward toward your goals and dreams. You will get there!

Our first years had a great time at Shannon’s Hope Camp this weekend! Thank you to Bridges for End-of-Life and our buddies for making this weekend so fun!

First Year Friday!
“Hi guys! My name is Nicole Crace and I graduated from the University of Kentucky, go cats💙 I have a BA in Family Sciences and Psychology. I have always loved working with children and knew I wanted to do something unique. When I found out about Child Life I knew that’s exactly what I wanted to do and I’m so happy I’ve chosen to go down this path! CofC has been absolutely amazing so far and the child life program has already taught me so much in the past few months. I cannot wait to see what else this program can do for me and to finally become a CCLS!”

Congratulations again ladies, you deserve every bit of this victory. Soak it all in!

Come check us out next Thursday! 3:30-5:00PM, Maybank 207!

Are you interested in learning more the CofC Master of Science in Child Life Program? Come to our information session at The College of Charleston! It is on October 24th from 3:30-5:00 PM in Maybank 207. At this meeting you will have the chance to hear from current students about their program experiences, general information about what we do, and we will have an interactive Q&A about the program! For those of you that will be unable to attend, we will be live-streaming the event on our page.
Have any questions? Bring them to the information session!

CONGRATULATIONS! All of our second year students have accepted internships for the spring of 2020 and we are so proud! These are the hospitals our students are headed. We are so excited for each one of you!

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