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Department of Family Studies and Community Development

Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE)

National Council on Family Relations LogoThe Department of Family Studies and Community Development is affiliated with the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), the only national program to certify family life educators. Family studies undergraduate coursework has been approved by the Council as meeting the criteria needed for the Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation. After completing the required coursework, students are considered proficient in the ten Family Life Education Content Areas and may apply for provisional certification. Provisional CFLEs may achieve full certification as soon as they document sufficient work experience in family life education. CFLEs with a family-specific degree at the bachelor's level need at least 3,200 hours.

The objective of family life education is to enrich and improve the quality of individual and family life. Family life educators bring family research and best practice to individuals, couples, families, and parents via an educational approach in an effort to build strengths and avert problems.

Why Become a Certified Family Life Educator?
It provides recognition of education and understanding in the ten Family Life Content Areas. Also, the certification standards help to increase awareness of family life education as a profession.

Required Coursework

NCFR Content Area Approved Coursework for Abbreviated Application (Grade of A, B, or C)
1. Families and Individuals in Societal Contexts FMST 101 Introduction to Family Studies
and
FMST 303 Trends in Contemporary Family Life
2. Internal Dynamics of Families FMST 301 Family Relationships
and
FMST 302 Theories of Family Functioning
3. Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan PSYC 203 Human Development
4. Human Sexuality HLTH 220 Sexuality in a Diverse Society
5. Interpersonal Relationships FMST 301 Family Relationships
and
FMST 297 Preparing Human Service Workers
(COMM 115 Interpersonal Comm is approved substitute for FMST 297 if taken in 2006 or earlier)
6. Family Resource Management FMST 201 Family Resources
7. Parent Education and Guidance EDUC 201 Parenting Process
or
FMST 305 Parent Child Relationships Across the Lifespan
8. Family Law and Public Policy FMST 303 Trends in Contemporary Family Life
and
FMST 380 Family Law
9. Professional Ethics and Practice FMST 297 Preparing Human Service Workers
10. Family Life Education Methodology FMST 387 Community Services for Families
and
FMST 485 Research Methods
and
FSMT 490 Senior Seminar
Internship/Practicum FMST 397 Internship in Family Studies

How to Apply
A Provisional Certified Family Life Educator application checklist, abbreviated application form, and directions are available below or in the Family Studies & Community Development Office in the College of Liberal Arts Building, Suite 2210.

Department of Family Studies and Community Development
College of Liberal Arts Building, Suite 2210
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-5851
Fax: 410-704-3612
E-mail: fmst@towson.edu



 

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