Family Life Education

The Family Life Education concentration prepares students to engage in family education ministries both within the church and in other professional settings and to apply for certification as Family Life Educators by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). Advanced standing is generally not given for the Family Life Education concentration.

Required Courses for the Degree

Prerequisite An undergraduate or graduate level course in psychology.
For those applying for CFLE certification, a course like GDPC 614 Human Development or equivalent
Biblical Spirituality DSLE 541 - Foundations of Biblical Spirituality 3 Credits
Biblical Studies



4 Credits
Theology THST 2 Credits
Discipleship & Religious Education DSLE 503 - Marriage, Family, & Interpersonal Relationships
DSLE 534 - Ministry to Youth and Young Adults

DSLE 607 - Intergenerational Ministry

DSLE 610 - Teaching for Discipleship
Church History CHIS 574 - History of SDA Theology 2 Credits
Practical & Applied Theology PATH 526 - Conflict Management 2 Credits
World Mission MSSN - World Missions Course 2 Credits
Concentration Courses

DSLE 655 - Families in Society

DSLE 635 - Christian perspectives on Professional Ethics

DSLE 652 - Personal & Family Finance

DSLE 657 - Social Policy

DSLE 658 - Internal Dynamics of Families

DSLE 659 - Human Sexuality

DSLE 679 - Parenting Education & Guidance

DSLE 660 - Field Practicum (After 24 Credits in program)

23 credits

CFLE Certifcation


Advanced Standing Courses relevant to scholarship in religion (10 credits) and to scholarship in education or religious education (4 credits) is dependent upon prior undergraduate and graduate learning AND the particular MA (Discipleship in Lifespan Education) concentration area chosen. The courses will be distributed appropriately  in the course plan. Advanced standing may be obtained for these credits based on a background of advanced theological or educational study or prior extensive undergraduate studies in religion, religious education, or education. 0-14 credits
Total   48


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