Family Life Education
Family Life Education prepares Christians to work in church, community, and school settings to strengthen families through group teaching strategies that use redemptive processes and focus on family strengths. The Graduate Certificate in Family Life Education's summer intensives are 50% off the normal tuition price.
EDPC520 Psychological Development: Life Span or equivalent
Positive character references
DSRE610 - Teaching for Discipleship, DSRE620 - Scholarly and Professional Development, DSRE655 - Families in Society, DSRE658 - Internal Dynamics of Families.
Select one elective from:
DSRE635 - Professional Ethics in Family Life Education, DSRE657 - Family Law & Public Policy, DSRE659 - Human Sexuality, DSRE679 - Parenting Education and Guidance, DSRE680 - Field Practicum, CHMN503 - Marriage, Family and Interpersonal Relationships, CHMN575 Principles of Stewardship.
TOTAL credits for Graduate Certificate—12
- Content Areas
The required content areas include: Families in Society, Internal Dynamics of Families, Family Life Education Methodology, and Human Growth & Development (as a prerequisite). An elective content area such as Professional Ethics, Human Sexuality, Parenting Education and Guidance, Family Law and Public Policy, Field Practicum and a professional development portfolio complete the certificate requirements. Upon completion of the Andrews University Family Life Education Graduate Certificate, students are eligible to apply for provisional certified status with AAFLP.
- NCFR & AAFLP
The program, which consists of 12 semester credits and 3 prerequisite credits is based on the content areas endorsed by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) and recognized by the Adventist Association of Family Life Professionals (AAFLP).
- Delivery System
Two Family Life Education courses are taught each summer. Each course is formatted as a one-week intensive with pre- and post-intensive assignments. The time limit for completing the graduate certificate program in Family Life Education is five years from first enrollment. Courses are offered on a three-year rotation. Students completing the program will make portfolio presentations during their final summer and will be honored at a recognition ceremony.
With much of society’s problems stemming from family issues, there are exceptional opportunities for those with family life education skills to minister in churches, schools, and community organizations. All credits for the graduate certificate program can be used towards a masters degree in Religious Education, the Master of Divinity program, and the MA in Youth Ministry program. When regularly enrolled students complete the Family Life Education program, a notation will be made on their transcript that they have earned the Young Adult certificate.
- Application Procedure
United States residents who are entering the graduate certificate program may enroll in courses the first summer on a PTC (Permission to Take Classes) basis. All international students must be officially admitted into the program in order to obtain the necessary I-20 form. Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Family Life Education program has the same requirements as admission into an Andrews University master’s degree program except a GRE score and 16PF Personality test are not needed. Application documents needed: Completed Application for Graduate Admission form; Statement of Purpose; Recommendations from three professionals; Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent; Official transcripts.
- Financial Information
Costs for the program are based on a per credit rate. Currently, we are offering the courses at half the price of graduate tuition. For the summer of 2007, the cost is $350 per credit. Cost will increase slightly each year as the University’s tuition rate increases. In addition you will be charged a graduate student general fee of approximately $90 to cover students services, such as library resources and electronic communication support, which are provided to you throughout the program. Books for each summer’s courses range from about $150 to $250. Used books are often available via the Internet.
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