Concordia University–Wisconsin

Graduate Program in Family Studies
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

This master's degree program offers the student a complete course of study in the role of the family in our society today. The program approaches modern family theory from a Christian perspective. Course work focuses on positive action that educators and parents can take to reduce the harmful effects of current trends in society. The program is designed to assist educators and parents in understanding problems confronting the family and providing help in meeting the needs of families today. Many classes in the program are available by E-learning.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Val Keiper (director)
Department Emphasis
  • 100% Family Studies
Campus Enrollment
Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
Department Address

12800 North Lake Shore Drive
Mequon, WI 53097
United States

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Graduate Program
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Issues in American Education
  • Human Learning and Motivation
  • The American Family Today
  • Educational Research Methods
  • Thesis Completion Seminar
  • Graduate Seminar
  • Human Development
  • Families and Schools Together
  • Ministering to the Family
  • Selected Issues in Family Life
  • Issues and Concerns in Nurturing Children
  • Assistance Programs in Family Services
  • Family Development
  • Theories of Personality
  • Social Psychology
  • Counseling: Theories and Issues
  • Group Dynamics and Leadership
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Family Studies & Education
Masters Comments

The Family Studies program assists students to understand and learn to address the problems confronting today's families. It emphasizes the development of knowledge and understanding of families and family relationships and their impact on Christian society and the world beyond.

Program Highlights

The Family Studies program focuses on the family and how it relates to school and society. It provides core knowledge and understanding on major issues facing families and educators. Program emphasis is given to effective methods in child nurturing techniques with a focus on building self-esteem, problem solving, motivation and discipline.;Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) certification.;Courses in the program are taught from a multi-disciplinary perspective.;Issues related to families and society are approached from a Christian perspective.;Courses satisfy the requirements for teachers to renew their Wisconsin teaching license.;Classes are small so that students can receive personal attention.;Classes are conveniently offered in the evenings, on Saturdays or in the summer. Many of the courses are available through E-Learning as well.;Most courses are taught by doctoral-prepared faculty.;The program utilizes portfolio-based assessment.

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
September 1, 2018