University of Northern Iowa

School of Applied Human Sciences
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

The Family Services coursework focuses on theory and research about family relationships and human development, with an applied focus in order to help prepare students for work in the human services field or to attend graduate school. We have a strong focus on prevention and early intervention, providing tools and knowledge to families in order to improve their quality of life. Students link their family studies knowledge with courses about the population they want to serve. The program has been designated as an approved Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) program by the National Council on Family Relations. The school also offers an interdisciplinary gerontology major with a choice of two tracks, social sciences or long term care administration. The long term care administration track qualifies student to take the State of Iowa licensing exam for facility administrators. The social sciences track provides a broad perspective on the nature of adulthood and aging, and the provision of services to older persons.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Elaine Eshbaugh
Department Emphasis
  • 85% Family Science
  • 5% Human Development
  • 10% Gerontology
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Undergraduate
Department Address

235 Latham Hall
Cedar Falls, IA 50614
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Family Services
  • Family Studies (Minor)
  • Gerontology
  • Gerontology (Minor)
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Research Methods in Family Science
  • Family Relationships
  • Human Identity & Relationships
  • Interpersonal Relationship Dynamics
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Strategies & Issues in Family Services
  • Human Relationships & Sexuality
  • Human Sexuality Education
  • Management of Family Resources
  • Family Relationships in Crisis
  • Families and Aging
  • Parenting
  • Issues in Family Policy
  • Violence in Intimate Relationships
  • The American Consumer
  • Professional Practice in Family Services
  • Family Life Education
  • Internship in Family Services
  • Culture and Marriage
  • Families, Alzheimer's & Related Dementias
  • Families and End of Life Issues
  • Long Term Care Administration
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

This CFLE approved family services curriculum is structured to provide students with some level of choice allowing students to tailor the major to their particular interests. For CFLE eligibility, specified requirements must be met.

Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • School Counseling
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
Michael Fleming, CFLE
CFLE Contact Email