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2023/2024 University Catalog 
2023/2024 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Family Life Education Certificate

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(SIMS Code: 662925)

No new students are being admitted to this program. Contact the Department of Child and Family Development.

The purpose of this certificate program is to prepare students for careers in Family Life Education (FLE). FLE is an educational program designed to strengthen relationships in the home and foster positive individual, couple, and family development. The program is designed for individuals working on degrees in child development, health science, psychology, and social work. It also provides a self-improvement opportunity for people seeking employment, promotion, or upward mobility on the job who are not enrolled in degree programs. The certificate corresponds to the 10 content areas of FLE established by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR): 1) Families and Individuals in Societal Contexts; 2) Internal Dynamics of Families; 3) Human Growth and Development Across the Life Span; 4) Human Sexuality; 5) Interpersonal Relationships; 6) Family Resource Management; 7) Parent Education and Guidance; 8) Family Law and Public Policy; 9) Professional Ethics and Practice; 10) Family Life Education Methodology.

Required Courses

The course offerings in each area prepare students for advanced knowledge in that area. For example, courses for the Human Sexuality area meet the criteria for training and standards of the American Association of Sex Educators and Counselors. Contact the department for a full list of required courses for all 10 areas of FLE. A 45 hour internship specific to the chosen content area is required. Courses in the certificate may not be counted toward the minor.

Awarding of the certificate requires completion of an approved pattern of five to six courses (15-18 units) with a grade of C (2.0) or better in each of the courses in one of the 10 areas of FLE. Each area requires the student to take a core of nine units to include


+Indicates course with prerequisites not included in requirements listed above.

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