Certified Family Life Educator Certificate (CFLE)

Completing the FYCS degree with the appropriate choice of required and elective courses can qualify you for the certificatation as a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE), a credential awarded by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)

The FYCS curriculum already includes most of these courses.

The goal of family life education is to teach and foster skills and knowledge to enable individuals and families to function optimally. Family life education focuses on healthy family functioning within a family systems perspective and provides a primarily preventive approach. Certified Family Life Educators have careers in a variety of areas, such as:

  • Parenting education
  • Sexuality education
  • Divorce mediation
  • Family financial counseling
  • Adoption/foster care services
  • Marriage enrichment
  • Prevention programs
  • Immigration/migrant services
  • Public policy relating to family life


To be eligible for the CFLE credential, you must complete course work covering 10 critical content areas, plus a practicum experience related to family life education. FYCS graduates seeking the CFLE certificate must have completed the following courses plus two electives.

CFLE Student Check List (PDF)