The National Council on Family Relations provides certification that is recognized internationally for family life education professions. The Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) certification demonstrates a professional’s proven background and understanding in each of 10 family life content areas.
While CFLEs may work specifically in one discipline, such as parent education or marriage enrichment, their understanding of the many areas that affect today’s families enables them to be more effective in their efforts to educate and work with individuals and families. The CFLE designation recognizes the educational, preventive, strengths-based, and enriching nature of their work.
Currently there are ~125 regionally accredited university and colleges throughout the United States and Canada that offer degree programs approved by the National Council on Family Relations as meeting the criteria for the provisional CFLE credential. NCFR program approval indicates that a curriculum fully covers the 10 family life education content areas required for approval as a Certified Family Life Educator. Approved programs undergo an intensive, external peer-review process to ensure the highest quality coursework for CFLE graduates. The Department of Youth, Family, and Community Sciences is proud to offer a CFLE track for YFCS Master’s students.
Interested YFCS M.R./M.S. students must craft their Graduate Plan of Work (GPOW) to include the specific CFLE-approved courses. The Online Courses tab has detailed descriptions for individual courses including when they will be offered in the future :
In addition to the above coursework, CFLE students must take the following courses to complete YFCS graduation requirements:
Luci Bearon, Ph.D.
Luci Bearon has been a Certified Family Life Educator since 2001.
Please also check out our blogpost on how to become a Certified Family Life Educator
Kim Allen, CFLE, Ph.D.
Andrew Behnke, Ph.D., CFLE since 2006 Parenting/Youth Development