The Graduate Certificate in the Family Life Education program is designed for pastors, family ministries directors, and lay leaders who want to help foster or support strong families in the church and in the community through teaching in seminars, classes, small groups, and retreats.
The Andrews University graduate certificate program in Family Life Education follows curriculum approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). An individual who successfully completes the program may use the graduate certificate as support in the application to NCFR for certification as a Certified Family Life Educator. Demonstrated competency is required in 10 content areas that correspond to required NCFR modules. In addition, Andrews University adds theology as part of the family ethics module. Most courses in the Graduate Certificate Program in Family Life Education contain more than one NCFR module. The content areas are:
Courses are offered in summer intensives on a rotating basis. At least two courses are offered each summer, allowing a student to complete the sequence over a three-summer period.
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