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What is Family Life Education?

What is Family Life Education?

Family life education provides skills and knowledge to enrich individual and family life.  It includes knowledge about how families work; the interrelationship of the family and society; human growth and development through the life span; the physiological, spiritual, 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 teach and/or develop curriculum for what are often sensitive and personal issues.

What is the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE)? 

National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) sponsors the only national program to certify family life educators. The Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) program encourages applications from all professionals with course work and experience in family life education including formal teaching, community education, curriculum and resource development, health care, military family support, counseling, and ministry.  Program approval would ensure Concordia University graduates provisional certification upon graduation.  The benefits of certification include:

  • Increases credibility as a professional by showing that the high standards and criteria needed to provide quality family life education have been met. 
  • Validates experience and education.
  • Adds credibility to the field of family life education by defining standards and criteria needed to provide quality family life education.
  • Recognizes the broad, comprehensive range of issues, which constitute family life education and expertise in the field.
  • Acknowledges the preventative focus of family life education.
  • Provides avenues for networking with other family life educators both locally and nationally.

Certified Family Life Educators serve as consultants, directors, educators, and coordinators in the following settings (NCFR, 2002).  ?There does appear to be a large growth market for the certified family life educator (Human Resources Research Organization, 2002).? Family Life Education is one of the fastest growing family science professions in the United States.  Family life educators are found in the following organizations:

Social Services

Parishes & Congregations
Child Care
Health & Welfare
Legal System
Youth Programs
Communication Action
School-Age Child Care
Drug/Alcohol Rehab Centers
Child and Family Advocacy
Domestic Abuse/Violence Prevention

Funeral Homes
Senior Citizens Programs
Military Family Support
Parent Education
Community Education
University and Colleges
Family Service Agencies   Retirement/Convalescent Care Centers
lementary or Secondary Schools
Head Start / Education Service Centers
ospital/Medical/Health Care Services
Court System/Law/Policy/Civil Service
Cooperative Extension