Certified Family Life Educator

Why Become a Certified Family Life Educator?

The National Council on Family Relations provides certification that is recognized internationally for family life education professions. Please check out our blogpost on how to become a Certified Family Life Educator 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.

Our CFLE Plan of Study

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 :

  • YFCS 502 – Theories in Family Science
  • YFCS 523 – Family Relationships Over the Life Course
  • YFCS 531 – Effective Management of Family Resources
  • YFCS 533 – Complex Family Issues
  • YFCS 543 – Applied Concepts in Parenting & Family Life Education
  • YFCS 545 – Family Communication and Coaching*
  • YFCS 552 – Program Development & Evaluation
  • YFCS 585 – Contemporary Issues in YFCS
  • YFCS 537 – Human Sexuality
  • YFCS 500 – Supervised Professional Experience

In addition to the above coursework, CFLE students must take additional required courses for the MR and MS degrees.

*Students who complete YFCS 545 are also eligible for the Board Certified Coach (BCC) credential.

Downloads and Planning Guides for Current Students

For more information, contact our CFLE Liaison

Kim Allen, CFLE, Ph.D.

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