Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Discipleship and Religious Education
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Family Life Education courses are housed in the MA Religious Education Program in the Department of Discipleship and Religious Education. The program is designed for pastors, spouses, family ministries directors, and lay leaders who want to help foster or support strong families in the church as well as the community through teaching in seminars, classes, small groups, and retreats. Core courses include content in teaching, theology, research, and leadership in addition to the ten National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) content areas for family life. The courses are based on content areas that have been endorsed by the NCFR and recognized by the Adventist Association of Family Life Professionals (AAFLP). Specific courses are approved and applicable to the certification processes of these professional organizations. The program is a 48 credit course. Students are required to pass a comprehensive examination and complete a portfolio summarizing their synthesis and application of family life content. Prerequisites include a Bachelor's Degree.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. David Sedlacek
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

Andrews Univeristy, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Discipleship and Religious Education Graduate Program
4145 East Campus Circle Drive
Berrien Springs, MI 49104
United States

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
John Matthews
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.