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 Do Family Life Educators Do?
What family life educators do (in place of “What is CFLE”)
Family life education helps people build strong, healthy families! Family life educators are the trained professionals who help families learn the skills and knowledge they need to respond to life’s many normal changes and be resilient in times of stress. In UF’s CFLE program, you will learn to design and teach solid educational programs for families in various settings.
The “CFLE”, or Certified Family Life Educator, is the gold standard for professional family life educators offered by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). FYCS offers the academic training students need to become a professional CFLE and has been approved by NCFR. . Here are some examples of what CFLEs do:
Parent education for parents of children of all ages
Relationship education for couples
Financial education for family financial security
Sex education for preteens and teens
Caregiver education for the sandwich generation
Bereavement education when family members experience a loss
Information and referral about resources for limited-resource families
Family life education is about preventing problems. In contrast, family therapy helps families repair relationships and functioning and solve problems when the family is having difficulties. Social work provides resources and other types of assistance to families in need. Professionals in these areas have a common goal of supporting strong, healthy families, but differ in how they go about this. Note that even if your goal is to become a family therapist, counselor, or social worker, family life education is a valuable course of study because you learn about many aspects of family life and develop interpersonal skills essential for the helping professions.
- CFLE Courses and Resources
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.
Contact Dr. Suzanna Smith or Kathryn Ivey for more information.
- UF Certification vs. NCFR Certification?
When you complete the Family Life Education track in Family, Youth and Community Sciences, you are eligible for two (2) certifications:
- A Certificate from the University of Florida
- The CFLE Provisional, a nationally-recognized professional certification, through the National Council on Family Relations
Option 1: UF Certificate only
When you have completed 50% or approximately 20 credits, you must apply for the UF certificate via http://admissions.ufl.edu/apply/more.
In the semester you are graduating, you will be required to “apply” for graduation. In addition to indicating your degree in FYCS, you will indicate you have pursued a certificate in Family Life Education.
If you do not indicate Certificate in “Family Life Educator” at the time of your degree application, your Transcript will not reflect the certificate. *Please see Dr. Suzanna Smith or Kathryn Ivey when applying to graduate for assistance with this step.
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.
Option 2: NCFR Recognition/Certificate process
To become a professional CFLE, you must apply to the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) for “provisional” certification after you graduate. Follow the instructions for the Abbreviated Application Process.
NOTE: 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 period set by NCFR!
If you have questions about applying for CFLE after you graduate, consult the CFLE FAQ on the NCFR website.
- Complete all the CFLE requirements while an undergraduate at UF in FYCS
- Submit an application, your transcript, and a fee to NCFR. Follow the instructions on the NCFR page:
Please Note: Students are not limited to one option; you may apply for both Certificates!
- Where Do CFLEs work?
Although there is not one job labeled “Certified Family Life Educator,” family life education knowledge and skills go with you to any job you may have. By completing the CFLE track, you will have a deeper understanding of 10 key areas of family life. You will have skills to develop and deliver educational programs. You will have experience working with families and professionals. In this sense, the CFLE is “value added” to jobs in casework, health care, education, and youth development. The CFLE is also a great background for graduate studies in family counseling, social work, and family science.
Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE)
Contact Dr. Suzanna Smith if you are interested in the CFLE.