Family Life Educator

Certificate in Family Life Education  

The Certificate in Family Life Education is designed particularly for the student who desires to complete the course work necessary for meeting the standards and criteria required for the Certified Family Life Educator (Provisional) designation by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR).

Certified Family Life Educator certification demonstrates training in each of NCFR’s ten substance areas. Formal CFLE certification may be requested after two years in a family related profession.

Required Courses
46 Hours

CO 201 Intro to Counseling (3 semester hours)

CO 423 Marriage & Family Counseling (3 semester hours)

FM 201 Intro to Family Ministry (3 semester hours)

FM 211 Parenting Models (3 semester hours)

FM 229 Teaching for Spiritual Transformation (3 semester hours)

FM 307 Human Sexuality (3 semester hours)

FM 401 Legal and Administrative Issues in Family Ministry (3 semester hours)

FM 419 Children’s Ministry (3 semester hours)

GM 471 Ministry Seminar (3 semester hours)

GM 480-482 Internship (6 semester hours)

LE 205 Managing Personal Finance I (1 semester hour)

SO 112 Family (3 semester hours)

PS 227 Developmental Psychology (3 semester hours)

PS 355 Adult Lifespan and Diversity (3 semester hours)

TH 421 Ethics (3 semester hours)


The National Council on Family Relations is the only international program that certifies Family Life Educators. Family life education includes knowledge about how families interact and affect members in positive and negatives manners; the inter-relationship of the family and society; human growth and development throughout the life span; both the physiological and psychological aspects of human sexuality; the impact of money and time management on daily life; the importance and value of education for parenting; the effects of policy and legislation on families; ethical considerations in professional conduct; and a solid understanding and knowledge of how to work with, teach and/or develop curriculum for sensitive areas dealing with personal issues.

MACU is recognized by NCFR as an approved institution for Family Life education credentialing. This certification trains students to apply a family–systems, preventative, and educational approach for individual and family issues. Certification demonstrates training in each of the ten family life content areas designated by NCFR for Family Life Certification. Students pursuing this certification qualify for provisional licensure, abbreviated application process and reduced application fees.

Family life educators work in a variety of Christian and secular settings. They bring comprehensive family training to numerous employment sectors and job settings providing crucial training for the local church and community. Often, CFLEs work in the following venues:

  • Practice – ministry, teaching, education, research/scholarship, program or curricula development
  • Administration –ministry, leadership or management, organizing, coordinating, and
  • Promotion - public policy, fundraising, lobbying, advocating for system change and awareness.




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