Arizona Christian University

Department of Behavioral Studies
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

Students in our program learn about healthy family functioning as well as the effects of poor family functioning on the individuals involved and on society. Arizona Christian University is an intentionally Christian college, thus our courses are taught from the perspective of the Christian worldview. Graduates of our program, upon completion of supervised experience, are qualified to become Certified Family Life Educators. This is a designation available through the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). Arizona Christian University is the only school in Arizona that provides a curriculum approved by NCFR for this purpose.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Carolyn Pela (chair)
Department Emphasis
  • 40% Family Science
  • 15% Human Development
  • 15% Family Therapy
  • 10% Psychology
  • 10% Research 5% Education
  • 5% Internship
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

2625 East Cactus Road
Phoenix, AZ 85032
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Family Studies
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • General Psychology
  • Cross Cultural Counseling
  • Family Life Education
  • Family Structure and Function
  • Gender Studies
  • Human Development
  • Human Sexuality
  • Parent/Child Relationships
  • Personal Money Management
  • Psychology of Marriage
  • Public Policy and the Family
  • Principles of Family Counseling
  • Poverty and its Effects on Learning
  • Child Life
  • Trauma and Families
  • Internship
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
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
CFLE Contact
Carolyn Pela, Ph.D., LMFT, CFLE
CFLE Contact Email