Family Life Education

Helping the lives of youth and children… it’s what we do.

Have a heart for families? Consider a career in family life education.

What Does a Career in Family Life Education Look Like?

Want to help families work together through times of bereavement, separation, adjustment, or transition? Are you passionate about strengthening families in your community? If you love helping families overcome challenges and improve interpersonal relationships, this is the career path for you.

Hospitals, childcare facilities, preschools, churches, schools, media outlets, and a wide range of family support service agencies (adoption, foster care, and custody-related agencies) hire family life education professionals to do the following:

  • Coach families to set and meet personal goals
  • Help families learn how to communicate through difficult situations and improve interpersonal skills
  • Teach classes to satisfy court-ordered parent education
  • Guide families through trauma or loss
  • Assist in times of transition or adjustment
  • Facilitate workshops for adoptive or foster parents
  • Prepare families for the addition of another child or family member
  • Guide families through challenges related to child development, mental illness, disorders, disease, or disabilities
  • Educate families who have family members that have special needs, behavioral issues, or have been victims of trauma
  • Work with or for community programs, schools, religious institutions, or groups to teach life or study skills to children of all ages
  • Assist parents in fostering of good character and habits
  • Provide written family life advice in the form of books, pamphlets, web copy, brochures, articles
  • Contribute as a public speaker on shows, webinars, or video
  • Meet one-on-one with families to provide guidance, advice, support, and accountability
  • Supervise, instruct, and manage family educators
  • Develop coursework and instructional materials for family educators

Not interested in working for an organization? Many professionals in the field of family life education work independently. A wide variety of job opportunities and environments are available.

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What Are the Most Common Family Life Education Job Titles?

The following are job titles commonly held by graduates of our program:

  • Family life educator
  • Family life consultant
  • Family life advisor
  • Family life coach
  • Family instructor
  • Family relations workshop leader
  • Parenting expert
  • Parenting public speaker
  • Parenting author

Interested in learning more about a specific job within the field of family education? Learn more about working as a family life coach here.

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What Education is Required to Work in Family Life Education?

It is expected that you have deep knowledge of early childhood development, family dynamics, foundational principles of interpersonal relationships, therapeutic intervention techniques, and social services. Most employers expect you to have an associate’s, baccalaureate, advanced degree, or certificate. A graduate degree or certificate in Youth, Family, and Community Sciences equips you with the skills and credentials necessary to succeed in this field.

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Ready to Get Started?

You already know you want to help families. Get the credentials you need to get hired.

Jumpstart your career in family life education with a master’s degree or certificate in Youth, Family, and Community Sciences from NC State. 
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