Developing an expansive understanding of human development, relationship dynamics and the science and practice of family life education is the cornerstone of Spring Arbor University's program. Through this unique curriculum, students can refine their skills as they learn the ins and outs of assessment and analysis of human dynamics as well as skills in communication, interviewing and problem solving.
The Bachelor of Arts in Family Life Education lays the groundwork for career advancement in family agencies, social services agencies and ministry. Addressing issues ranging from human and family development to family dynamics, the program's highly flexible curriculum draws from psychology, home management, sociology, law, economics, philosophy, biology and theology. Graduates of the program are eligible to become Certified Family Life Educators as designated by the National Council on Family Relations.
The Master of Arts in Family Studies (MAFS) is an interdisciplinary degree requiring 36 credit hours. It is a multi-professional, multi-disciplinary program dedicated to providing comprehensive, current studies and practice for students interested in educational interventions in families. Theoretical and conceptual family life foundations will be studied in an environment that embraces Christ as the center of learning and emphasizes the strengths and potential of all families.
NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.