This option was introduced in response to a certification process developed by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). NCFR is the leading national organization for professionals concerned with promoting and enhancing the quality of family life. NCFR sponsors the only national program to certify family life educators.
After completing the recommended preparatory course work in this department, it is possible to get two types of certification from NCFR:
Provisional Certification from NCFR is available to students who complete the approved courses that correspond to the ten substance areas from an approved program, but without the minimum two years of work experience.
Full Certification from the NCFR is available to students who graduate from an approved academic program and have completed at least two years of work experience as a family life educator. The work experience of the student has to be submitted, reviewed, and approved by an NCFR review committee.
“The classes in the FLE track were helpful for duties related to direct service. FCS 419—Family Life Education —taught me how to conduct a needs assessment and methods to deliver services. ”
- Margarita Harris, Project Coordinator and Parent Educator
“The Department of Family Consumer Sciences has a family feel with the education of a large university.”
- Ann Takata-Saneto, Child Development Consultant
(Ph.D., University of Nebraska, CFLE, Coordinator for FLE program.) Teenage pregnancy and parenting, human sexuality, adolescent loneliness, cross-cultural family studies, dating, and mating selection.