Spring Arbor University

School of Graduate and Professional Studies
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

Developing an expansive understanding of human development, relationship dynamics and the science and practice of family life education is the cornerstone of Spring Arbor University's program. Through this unique curriculum, students can refine their skills as they learn the ins and outs of assessment and analysis of human dynamics as well as skills in communication, interviewing and problem solving.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Martin Covey (director)
Department Emphasis
  • 100% Family Science
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

106 E. Main St.
Spring Arbor, MI 49283
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Family Relations Education
  • Early Childhood Development Certificate
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Adult Development & Life Planning
  • Critical Analysis & Research Writing
  • Family Theory
  • Human Life Cycle
  • Marriage, Family & Sexuality
  • Research Methods
  • Interpersonal Relations: Interviewing & Interventions
  • Ethnicity, Social Class & the Family
  • Family Facilitation Programming
  • Biblical Perspectives
  • Parenting & Family Skills
  • Values: Personal & Social
  • Public Policy, Family Law & Family Life Education
  • Independent Study Project Parts I & II
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

The Bachelor of Arts in Family Life Education lays the groundwork for career advancement in family agencies, social services agencies and ministry. Addressing issues ranging from human and family development to family dynamics, the program's highly flexible curriculum draws from psychology, home management, sociology, law, economics, philosophy, biology and theology. Graduates of the program are eligible to become Certified Family Life Educators as designated by the National Council on Family Relations.


Graduate Program
Graduate 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
June 1997 (UG), October 2012 (Grad). Effective 10/1/18 the grad. program is no longer CFLE-approved. Graduates may apply for CFLE until 10/1/2020. Effective 6/1/2019 the UG program is no longer CFLE-approved. Graduates may apply until 6/1/2021.
CFLE Contact
Dr. Martin A. Covey, CFLE
CFLE Contact Email