Family Studies

Family Studies promotes the understanding of the developmental processes within families and applies these concepts to better serve the needs of families. The program provides students with an understanding of the relationships between research, theory and practice. A Family Studies graduate is prepared to work with individuals and families in a variety of settings.

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National Council on Family Relations

The curriculum for Family Studies is approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR).  NCFR is the oldest and largest national organization concerned with family issues in the United States.  Upon completion of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Family Studies graduates are qualified for provisional certification as a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE).  Full certification is available to those with the minimum of a Baccalaureate degree and two years experience in family life education if the degree is family-related; five years of experience if the degree is non-family-related.