& my adventure continues…

& my adventure continues…


Today is the first day of school for many down here in Miami, so I figured today is a good day to announce to my followers that I’ve been accepted into grad school at Nova Southeastern University! The degree will be in Developmental Disabilities with a concentration in Child Life. This will be the first time that I’m working full time and going to school but luckily, the masters program is 100% online! I am so lucky to have been accepted into such an amazing program – I can’t wait to start!

If you’re interested in more information about the Developmental Disabilities masters program at Nova, click here: http://www.nova.edu/humanservices/devdisabilities/index.html

22 responses to “& my adventure continues…”

  1. Hi, I was just wondering- if you already are a certified CLS and have a great job, why are you pursuing a master’s degree? Do you find that it is necessary in the field? And why specifically this degree over ie social work or education?

    • Hello Liz,

      I am always craving more knowledge – especially in a field I am so passionate about. No one told me I need to do this, I just really want to make myself a better CCLS. If there is a program that will further your education in your field of work, how could you not feel it be necessary to take advantage?!

      I chose the developmental disabilities with a concentration in child life program because that is what I’m most passionate about and what I know will assist me on my day to day work. Also, by the year 2022 it will be a requirement of the Child Life Council to have your masters degree – read more here: http://www.childlife.org/files/AcademicTFRecommendations-Website.pdf

      • Even though you are already a practicing CCLS, will obtaining your masters result in any job benefits (potential promotions, salary increase, etc.) right away? Also, do you recommend the online graduate school program? I know that grad school online is becoming more common, but do you think your degree would be any less “respected” because it was online? I am interested in taking the same route and was wondering if having that work experience while still getting your degree is more advantageous than the traditional classroom setting. Thank you!

      • Hello Megan,

        Promotions, salary increase, etc. all depend on your particular hospital and the department for which you’re working for. I do recommend the online graduate school program. Being that this is the first time that I have to work a full time job and go to school, the fact that it is an online program has been very beneficial for me. I absolutely do not think that my degree will be less respected – Nova Southeastern University is a well respected university and there is no reason why anyone would look down on my degree. I am still writing papers, doing research, and studying for finals – whether I do that from my living room or on a campus, it doesn’t matter, what matters is how well I do and how much I am learning. At the end of the day, my diploma won’t explain that I completed the course work online. What it will show is the degree which I’ve obtained. As I said before, this is the first time that I’ve been working full time and taking graduate level courses and I think the reason why I haven’t been so stressed out is thanks to the convenience of the online program.

        Let me know if you have any other questions! πŸ™‚

    • Hi! I have loved reading your blog about your adventures in the field of child life! I am currently a child life assistant hoping to be a child life specialist someday! I have recently been accepted to both Bank Street and Nova Southeastern’s programs and was wondering if you knew if one program had more strengths than the other?? I have had the hardest time comparing them, although I am extremely excited for this opportunity!

      • Hello Hillary,

        I am so happy to hear that you are enjoying my blog! As for deciding which university to attend for grad school, that all depends on you and what you are wanting to gain with your degree – there is no right or wrong answer. From my understanding the program at Bank Street is solely focused on child life while the program at Nova is focused on developmental disabilities with a concentration in child life. Again, this all depends on what you’re wanting to achieve with your degree. Hope this helps!

  2. What is the protocol for the internship their program requires, if you’ve already completed an internship? I’ve been very curious about this!

    • I had many questions about this too – it turns out that since I am already certified I will not be required to complete the internships (since the point of doing the internships is to prepare you for certification). It is still unclear if I will have to complete something else in place of the internship but I will keep you posted when I come to that point. πŸ™‚

    • That’s great! the application process wasn’t too bad – I had to write a short personal statement about why i’m interested in the program, 2 letters of recommendation, my transcripts, and a phone interview.

  3. That is so exciting! I am also going back to graduate school after certification; however, I am getting my master of public administration. I want to go in to more of a healthcare administration to be an advocate for child life! I can’t wait to hear more about your DD program!

    • Good for you! That sounds amazing! Are you working in healthcare now? As a CCLS I can tell you that It’s incredibly important to have help from administration that understands our role as CCLS’ and values it.

      Way to go!

    • The Child Life stream seems a little longer because you need to complete 2 internships however, in my case since I’m a CCLS I’m not required to do complete the internships since I am already certified. E-mail them for more info πŸ™‚

  4. HI, I am actually starting the same program at Nova starting this January! As a student who has not studied child life prior to my masters, do you have any advice or things to know prior to starting? I do have volunteer and practicum experience at Shands Childrens Hospital.

    • Well, since it’s my first time taking grad school courses and working full time, I’ve only taken one class this semester which is not related to Child Life. Which classes are you planning on taking in the spring?

  5. I was wondering how stressful it is working while taking this program? How many hours a week do you hae work to do? Thanks

  6. Hi! I just applied to this program and my application packet is currently under review (side question: how long did it take between submission of your full packet and the phone interview?) I’m curious, from a logistical standpoint, how your courses are structured? It’s 100% online, but do the courses have required “attendance” times? I work full-time and have recently added a part-time part-time job 2-3 weeks out of the month, in the evenings after I get out of my full-time job. So, needless to say, I’ve kind of booked my schedule such that I’m only really “free” to complete coursework after 10 pm half the month and on weekends. I want to know if this will be compatible with the schedule of courses or if I’ll have to be able to attend classes at a specific time every week. Any information you can provide is greatly appreciated!

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