Family life education focuses on healthy family functioning within a family systems perspective and provides a primarily preventive approach. The goal of family life education is to teach and foster skills and knowledge to enable individuals and families to function optimally. Certified Family Life Educators have careers in a variety of areas, such as:
To be eligible for the CFLE credential, you must complete course work covering 10 critical content areas, plus an internship or practicum experience related to family life education. HDFS graduates seeking provisional CFLE status must have completed the following courses, which mirror the Family Studies Concentration plus two electives:
The CFLE checklist shows how these courses are applied to the 10 NCFR content areas.
Within two years of graduation, graduates who have completed the approved CFLE preparation courses may submit to NCFR an abbreviated application form, along with an official transcript, signed copy of the CFLE Code of Ethics, and application fee, in order to obtain Provisional CFLE status. After two years of community-based experience as a CFLE, you may apply for Full CFLE status.
Once achieving Provisional Status, you will be linked through email, listservs, and professional development experiences to an international group of family educators who are committed to enhancing the well-being of individuals and families across the life span. Some CFLEs continue with graduate education to further enhance their knowledge and skills and/or to obtain specialized training in clinical areas, such as marriage and family therapy.
Questions? Contact CFLE advisor, Dr. Jennifer Hardesty.