If you choose to specialize your learning through Certified Family Life Education, you will learn how to use sytem-based, prevention orientation that is based in an educational rather than a therapy approach.
According to the National Council on Family Relations, “family life education focuses on healthy family functioning within a family systems perspective and provides a primarily preventive approach.”
Through a specific set of courses, you will gain knowledge and skills in ten content areas specified by NCFR as critical to a family life perspective. This includes knowledge on:
Students who complete the following courses as part of the Human Development and Family Science major may apply to NCFR for CFLE certification following graduation:
Students who have a choice of FHCE 3100 or FHCE 3200 should take FHCE 3200.
Certified family life educators work in a variety areas such as:
Business, Consumer & Family Resources Services: Employee Assistance programs, Corporate Daycares, Consumer Protection Agencies, Family Financial Counseling & Planning Agencies, Food Assistance Programs, Research positions.
Community-Based Social Services: Youth Development Programs, Adoption Agencies, Foster Care Programs, Teen Pregnancy Services, Welfare Assistance, Vocational Rehabilitation & Job Training, Adult Day Care, Gerontology and Long-Term Care Programs.
Early Childhood Education: Day Care Centers, Head Start Programs, Montessori Schools, Child Development Organizations.
Education: Public School Teaching in Family & Consumer Sciences with state licensure, University Teaching, Family Science Research, Family Life Education, Sexuality Education, Parenting Education, Marriage & Family Enrichment Programs, Curriculum Development.
Faith-Based Organizations: Ministry, Family Life Education, Parenting Education, Youth Programs.
Family Intervention: Individual & Family Therapy Support Services, Crisis & Hotline Services, Divorce Mediation, Abuse Protection Services, Drug & Alcohol Prevention Programs, Residential Treatment Programs.
Government & Public Policy: Family Policy Analysis, Child Welfare Advocacy, Cooperative Extension Specialist, Military Family Support Services, Departments of Child & Family Services.
Health Care & Family Wellness: Public Health Programs & Services, Hospital Based Family Support, Nutrition Education, Prenatal and Maternity Services, Holistic Health Centers, Long-Term Care Settings, Hospice Programs.
International Education & Development: International Family Policy, Peace Corps and NGO Leadership, Global Family Planning Programs, International Human Rights Advocacy, Immigration & Migrant Families Services.
Research: Grant Proposal Writing, Academic and Government Research in Family Science, Population Studies & Demographic Research, Community-Based Research for Non-Profit Family Agencies, Program Evaluation & Assessment.
Writing & Communication: Curriculum & Resource Development in Family Life Education, Media and Technology Settings, Newspaper & Magazine Writing.
Following graduation, submit to NCFR an application form, along with an official transcript and an application fee, in order to obtain Provisional CFLE status. After two years of community-based experience as a CFLE, you may apply for Full CFLE status. Once achieving Provisional Status, you will be linked through email, listservs, and professional development experiences to an international group of family educators who are committed to enhancing the wellbeing of individuals and families across the lifespan. Some CFLE professionals continue with graduate education to further enhance their knowledge and skills and/or to obtain specialized training in clinical areas, such as marriage and family therapy.