Child life theory and practice assignment

Assignment Instructions

My Education and Certification Plan

Visit the Child Life Council ( )and reflect on what Child Life does and how you envision Child Life philosophies will impact your future career with children and families. Then use the table at the bottom of My Education and Certification Plan to create your own education and certification goals, and a plan for how you will achieve these goals.

My Education and Certification Plan Grading Rubric



My Education and Certification Plan




Development Questionnaire

This questionnaire can help you begin thinking about your likes, dislikes, goals, and abilities. Reflecting on these items can greatly assist you in developing your plan. As you go through the questionnaire, jot down your response.

Current Position

Are you currently working?  If so, where?

Education and Certification Goals

Where do you see yourself one year from now?

What would you need to achieve now to accomplish this?

Untapped Abilities

Is there something more that you could do that would make a greater contribution to your education and certification goals?

Goal Setting

Development Targets

What skills do you want to develop/improve?

Performance Goals

What will improve as a result of this?

How will you benefit? What strategies will you use to help you improve?

What obstacles exist?

How will you manage these?

Who can help you?

There are four components of an effective plan. Give careful thought to these components when selecting how you will develop your new skills.

Development Method

Identify how the skill will be developed. There are a variety of methods by which a new skill can be obtained. Some common methods include:

Continuing education


Coaching (a relationship between a supportive and skilled coaching professional and an individual)

Success Measure

It’s important to know when you’ve met your goal. Identify one or more observable results that will indicate success:

What result can you expect once you are more skilled or knowledgeable in the area?

Why do you want to achieve this goal?

What will it do for you?

For others?

Development Support

We all need help to not only development new skills but to maintain the new. Identify resources, feedback, permissions, tools, coaching and other assistance:

What do you need to support your goal?

Who do you need this assistance from?

What are you concerned about?

What barriers do you anticipate?

How can others help you avoid or get past the barriers?

My Goals

My education and certification goal(s) for this year:


My Plan Example




Action Planned

By when

With help from…

Review Date

Indicators of Success


Assess how to become a CLS

Visit CLC website

Next Friday

Husband will watch the kids

In two weeks

This assignment is complete

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