Career Opportunities

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Medical Focus:  The Child Life Specialist plans activities and programs and acts as an advocate for children hospitalized with a short-term, long-term, or terminal illness.  This is an area of emphasis within the program. 

Early Care and Education Programs:  Administrative positions in early care and education programs in the private or public sectors, e.g., university lab schools, Head Start, corporate organizations, medical centers.

Social/Community Services:  Positions related to varied educational and/or intervention programs including publicly and privately funded programs, e.g., children's programs affiliated with homeless shelters, Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory services, Texas Department of Health and Human Services, the Texas Workforce Commission, or the AVANCE program in San Antonio.

Public Education:  Faculty member of a Community College, School-Age Parenting Program administrator, or Texas Cooperative Extension Service.

Military Early Care and Education Programs:  Civilian positions with both international and US based programs; opportunities for both teaching and administration of programs.  The international programs are primarily located in Europe.

Child Advocacy:  Work as an advocate for children and families at the state or national level with organizations such as the Children's Defense Fund or Texas Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies.

Early Childhood Intervention:  Programs focused on providing home-based care to high-risk infants and toddlers, e.g., Any Baby Can in San Antonio or Home Spun in the Hays County area.

International Programs:  Various positions in education, administration, or social services programs.