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 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. Provisional Certification is available to the applicant with a family degree, but less than the required work experience needed for Full Certification.

The Academic Program Review Committee of the National Council on Family Relations will approve programs that include coursework covering the ten family life content areas needed for the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation. 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 Certified Family Life Educator designation using an Abbreviated Application Process.

Schools applying for approval must have at least one NCFR member and one Certified Family Life Educator 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 Academic Program Review 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 Academic Program Review Application Fee is $795 per program.

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.

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 Academic Program Review Committee's decision will be made within three months of receipt.

Fees

The Academic Program Review Application Fee is $795 per program.

The Academic Program Renewal Fee is $540 per program and is payable every five years upon submission of the Academic Program Renewal application.

The Academic Program Annual Fee for 2017 is $70 per program. Programs do not pay the APR Annual Fee in the years in which their renewal is due.

Application Instructions and Materials

Application and renewal are made electronically with access codes supplied by the Academic Program Liaison, Deb Gentry (email here).

For more information on applying, check the Directions for Academic Program Review Application document.

Step 1: Submit application form with fee to NCFR.
Step 2: Email a copy of the form to Deb Gentry.

We can also email to you as Word files; email [email protected] to request.