Spring Arbor University

School of Graduate and Professional Studies
CFLE approved

About the Program

Last Updated: 
September 05, 2013

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.

Program Overview

Program Administrator: 
Dr. Martin Covey (director)
Department Emphasis: 
Area Percentage
  Family Science100%
Campus Enrollment: 
Programs Options: 
Undergraduate, Master's

Undergraduate Program

Program Options: 
  • Family Life Education
Courses Offered: 
  • Adult Development & Life Planning
  • Critical Analysis & Research Writing
  • Family Theory
  • Human Life Cycle
  • Marriage, Family & Sexuality
  • Research Methods
  • Interpersonal Relations: Interviewing & Interventions
  • Ethnicity, Social Class & the Family
  • Family Facilitation Programming
  • Biblical Perspectives
  • Parenting & Family Skills
  • Values: Personal & Social
  • Public Policy, Family Law & Family Life Education
  • Independent Study Project Parts I & II

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.



Graduate Program

Dr. Martin Covey
Courses Offered: 
    • Changing Families
    • Human Development Across the Life Span
    • Family Studies Methodologies
    • Human Sexuality
    • Family Resource Management
    • Group Dynamics
    • Cultural Issues in Family Life
    • Parenting in Context
    • Christian Perspectives in Family Studies
    • Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage
    • Research Methods
    • Mental Illness and Families
    • Ethics in Family Life Education
    • Public Policy and the Family Professional
    • Final Program Project

Master's Level

Program Options: 
  • Family Studies

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.

CFLE Information

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.

Program Approved Since: 
June 1997 (UG), October 2012 (Grad)
CFLE Contact
Dr. Martin A. Covey, CFLE


Faculty at Spring Arbor University