Concordia University–Saint Paul

Department of Child & Family Education
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

The faculty in the Department of Child and Family Studies are experienced practitioners who understand the fields of Family Life Education and the many avenues of involvement and professional practice. Their experience includes teaching the early childhood and child-care settings, working as family life educators, directing programs and schools, serving as professional church workers in educational and parish settings, and practicing as marriage and family therapists. This faculty experience brings a breadth of knowledge and practice that enables each instructor to mentor and facilitate learning with a focus on real-life solutions to real-life problems informed by theory and research.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Michael Walcheski (chair)
Department Emphasis
  • 70% Family Science
  • 30% Child/Human Development
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

275 N. Syndicate Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55104
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergraduate Director
Dr. Michael Walcheski, CFLE
Undergrad Program Options
  • Family Life Education
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Introduction to Family Life Education
  • Overview of Contemporary Families
  • Family Systems
  • Family Decision Making
  • Family Communication & Relationships
  • Intimate Relationships
  • Methodology in Family Life Ed
  • Growth & Development in Children
  • Adolescent Development
  • Development in Adulthood
  • Parent Education
  • Family Law Public Policy
  • Portfolio and Synthesis
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

Our current learners work in such roles as teachers of young children, social service professionals, directors and center owners, trainers and curriculum specialists, Head Start teachers and assistants, staff development leaders, community college instructors, parent educators, youth group directors, military family support specialists, pre-marital educators, and many other roles that serve families and children.

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Michael Walcheski, CFLE
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Families in Society
  • Navigating Oceans of Data
  • Systemic Dynamics
  • Family Decision Making
  • Family Communication and Relationships
  • Intimate Relationships
  • Seminar in Human Growth
  • Parent Education
  • Public Policy/Applied Ethics
  • Reflexive Assesment & Evaluation
  • Methods in Family Life Education Programming
  • Seminar Capstone
Graduate Accreditations/Approval
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Family Life Education
Masters Comments

The primary objective of this degree is to articulate the definition and role of the Human Service professional, particularly the role of the family life professional. The broad principles and philosophy of family life education are explored including the ability to plan, implement, and evaluate such educational programs, and the ability to define and establish leadership within the field. This program is NCFR approved and gratduates will be Certified Family Life Educators.

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
August 2000 (Grad), May 2004 (UG)
CFLE Contact
Michael Walcheski, PhD, CFLE (Grad & UG Online)
CFLE Contact Email