Have you ever wondered...
- How can I have a better relationship with my romantic partner?
- How can I be successful at work and also have time for a family?
- How can I make sure my family is financially stable and can pay our bills?
- Why do kids and teenagers act the way they do?
- How can my parents support me when I am a young adult?
- What can I expect when my parents and grandparents get older? What if I end up taking care of them?
- What is Family Life Education?
Today’s families are complicated! It’s normal for families to…
- Go through many changes and deal with all kinds of challenges.
- Involve two, three, or more generations and many different relationships
- Be single parents, stepfamilies, headed by grandparents, formed by same sex couples, adoptive or foster families
- Come from different cultures and backgrounds
No matter how different they are, family life education can help all families have healthy relationships and ways of dealing with problems that come up. That is the goal—to have healthier, stronger families through education about family life.
- What is a Family Life Educator?
Family life educators are professionals who help individuals and families understand each other, work together to solve problems, and plan and organize their lives. Family life educators do this by providing educational information families can use. Family life education is not counseling or therapy. Instead, is focuses on educating families to prevent problems, cope with changes, and enrich their lives.
The gold standard for family life educators is the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation. This is awarded by the National Council on Family Relations.
The University of Florida’s CFLE specialization in FYCS prepares students to become a CFLE.
- The CFLE Specialization
The CFLE track counts as an Area of Specialization in the Family, Youth and Community Sciences major. You must have a minor or Area of Specialization. For more information, consult your advisor and the FYCS Student Handbook.
- What is the difference between the UF certification and the CFLE?
When you complete the family life education track in Family, Youth and Community Sciences, you are eligible to be recognized with a certificate from the University of Florida in Family Life Education and to become a professional CFLE.
You can apply for the UF certificate when you have completed 50% of the coursework, but you must apply the semester before you graduate. This certificate is a UF recognition only. Your transcript will state: Certificate in Family Life Education. You can put UF Certificate in Family Life Education on your resume. You should not call yourself a CFLE unless you have followed the process to apply for the CFLE through NCFR.
To become a professional CFLE, you must apply to the National Council on Family Relations for “provisional” certification after you graduate. Follow the instructions for the Abbreviated Application Process.
You do not have to take the exam to become a CFLE when you have completed this area of specialization at UF in FYCS. Make sure you apply within the time frame set by NCFR!
If you have questions about applying for CFLE after you graduate, consult the CFLE FAQ on the NCFR website.
- Where can I get a job?
Family life educators get jobs in many settings such as businesses, child care centers, faith-based organizations, schools, and human services agencies.
There is not one particular job called a “CFLE”, but your training is relevant to many jobs in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The certificate tells employers that you have met high professional standards to provide quality family life education.
- How do I complete the UF certification?
Contact Dr. Suzanna Smith or Kathryn Ivey for more information.
Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE)
Contact Dr. Suzanna Smith if you are interested in the CFLE.