Information for CFLE Academic Program Approval

Find instructions and documents for applying at the bottom of this page.

The purpose of the Academic Program Review (APR) is to recognize schools offering undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs that include course work that follows the criteria needed for approval as a provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). Provisional certification is available to the applicant with a family degree, but less than the required work experience needed for full certification.

The APR Committee of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) will approve programs that include coursework covering the 10 Family Life Education content areas needed for the CFLE credential. Approved coursework includes a minimum 120 hour internship/practicum. Approval can be given to a specified degree program or to an identified CFLE track of courses offered through several departments. Approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for the provisional CFLE credential using the CFLE-approved Program process.

Schools applying for approval must have at least one NCFR member and one CFLE on staff within the department that is offering the degree for which approval is sought. This can be the same person. An NCFR membership application can be submitted at the same time as the APR application.

If you are seeking approval for more than one degree program, i.e., an undergraduate and a graduate level program, you must submit separate and complete applications for each degree. The APR application fee is $877 per program. The APR application fee is non-refundable.

Approved programs will be re-evaluated every five years through the submission of a renewal application. A renewal fee is due upon submission of the renewal application. The APR renewal fee is non-refundable.

Submission Deadline

Applications for initial program approval may be submitted to NCFR for review at any time. There is no submission deadline. Notification of the APR Committee's decision will be made within three months of receipt.


The APR application fee is $877 per program.

The academic program renewal fee is $609 per program and is payable every five years upon submission of the APR application.

The academic program annual fee is $100 per program. Programs do not pay the APR annual fee in the years in which their renewal is due.

Please consult the APR Directions and Guidelines document below for information on late fees attributable to delays in submitting application materials or responding to requests for additional information. 

Application Instructions and Materials

Application and renewal are made electronically with access codes supplied by the Academic Program Liaison, Claire Kimberly.

For more information on applying, check the APR Directions and Guidelines document below.

If you would like to receive the application form as a Word file, please email [email protected] to request.