National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) sponsors the only program to certify family life educators.
FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION (FLE) is the educational effort to strengthen family life through a family perspective.
The objective of family life education is to enrich and improve the quality of individual and family life.
Family Life Education emphasizes processes to enable people to develop into healthy adults and to realize their potential. FLE helps people work together in close relationships and facilitates the ability of people to function effectively in their personal lives and as members of society.
While various professionals assist families, it is the family life educator who incorporates a family-systems, preventive and educational approach to individual and family issues.
Families & Individuals in Societal Contexts
Internal Dynamics of Families
Human Growth & Development over the Life Span
Family Resource Management
Parent Education and Guidance
Family Law & Public Policy
Professional Ethics & Practice
Family Life Education Methodology
Cross-cultural and minority families
Changing gender roles
Societal relations Structures and functions
Internal social processes
Normal family stresses
Special needs in families
Early and middle childhood
Aspects of sexual involvement
Sexual values and decision-making
Influence on relationships
Self and others
Relating to others
Goal-setting & decision-making
Development & allocation of resources
Social environment influences
Life cycle and family structure influences
Consumer issues and decisions
Parenting rights and responsibilities
Variation in parenting solutions
Changing parenting roles over the life cycle
Family and the law
Family and social services
Family and education
Family and the economy
Family and religion
Policy and the family
Ethics of Professional Practice
Formation of values
Diversity of values in pluralistic society
Social consequences of value choices
Ethics and technological change
Planning and implementing
Sensitivity to others
Sensitivity to community concern
In Family Life Education
Family life educators work with individuals and families in varying capacities. They have specific training in family systems and development that enables them to bring a family perspective to their chosen career, regardless of the employment sector.
State, federal, & local government
Nonprofit and for-profit organizations
Military family support
University and colleges
Practice - teaching, education, program or curricula development,
Administration - leadership or management, organizing, coordinating, and
Promotion - public policy, lobbying, advocating for system change and awareness.
Increases credibility as a professional by showing that the high standards and criteria needed to provide quality family life education have been met
Validates experience and education
Adds credibility to the field by defining standards and criteria needed to provide quality family life education
Recognizes the broad, comprehensive range of issues which constitutes family life education and expertise in the field
Acknowledges the preventive focus of family life education
Provides avenues for networking with other family life educators both locally and nationally
Quarterly newsletter, Network , and a Directory of Certified Family Life Educators
Access to CFLE listserv
Certification offers the opportunity to attend special CFLE meetings and events
Completion of the CFLE Exam
Abbreviated Application Process
Because NCFR has already approved your school’s course work in the 10 content areas, you qualify to apply using the Abbreviated Application certification process which saves you time and money!
Those who did not graduate from an NCFR-Approved program need to complete the CFLE Exam
150 multiple-choice questions
Offered multiple times each year
For Full Certification - $250 for NCFR members; $350 for non-members
For Provisional Certification - $175 for NCFR members; $275 for non-members
Graduates of NCFR-approved programs
do not need to take the CFLE exam.
Graduates of NCFR-approved academic programs can apply for Provisional Certification through the Abbreviated Application process.
Each NCFR-approved program has a checklist of pre-approved courses.
Graduates complete the checklist and submit it along with the application and an official transcript showing degree completion and the application fee
NCFR Content Area Approved coursework at Montana State U-Bozeman 1. Families & Individuals in Societal Contexts HDCF 263 – Relationships and Family Systems, AND HDCF 464 – Gender, Social Class, and Family Diversity 2. Internal Dynamics of Families HDCF 263 – Relationships and Family Systems 3. Human Growth and Development HDCF 160 – Human Development: Conception Through Adolescence, AND HDCF 360 – Human Development: Adult and Aging 4. Human Sexuality HDHL 240 – Human Sexuality 5. Interpersonal Relationships HDCF 263 – Relationships and Family Systems, AND HDCF 319 – Theories and Skills for Helping Relationships 6. Family Resource Management HDCF 437 – Managing Work and Family, AND HDCF 338 – Personal and Family Finance 7. Parent Education and Guidance HDCF 440 – Parenting 8. Family Law and Public Policy HDCF 425R – Family Law and Public Policy 9. Professional Ethics & Practice HDCF 474 – Senior Seminar: Professional Issues Field Experience, OR EDSD 413 – Professional Issues 10. Family Life Education Methodology HDCF 447 – Family Life Education 11. Internship/Practicum (minimum 3 semester credits and 120 clock hours) HDCF 474 – Senior Seminar: Professional Issues Field Experience, OR EDSD 459 – Methods of teaching FCS, AND HDCF 335 - Program Planning, AND, EDSD 410 – Student Teaching
Submissions welcomed year-round
Apply within 2 years of graduation
$100 fee for NCFR members; $125 for non-members
Provisional Certification is intended for applicants who have met the academic requirements of the CFLE designation.
Provisional CFLE’s upgrade to Full Certification status once they can document a specified amount of work experience in family life education.
Degree Type Provisional Full Bachelor’s Master’s or Ph.D. Family Degree from an NCFR-approved Program earned within the past two years Complete Abbreviated Application Process Complete Abbreviated Application Process & document FLE work experience by completing the FLE Work Experience Summary form Document at least 3,200 hours FLE work experience to qualify for Full Certification Document at least 1,600 hours FLE work experience to qualify for Full Certification
You save $$! It is less expensive and less time intensive to apply under the Abbreviated process!
Submissions welcomed year-round
Provisional CFLEs can upgrade to Full Certification after earning work experience in family life education
Congratulations! You have completed the first step to certification. You are attending an approved school.
Here’s how to apply -
1. Access NCFR’s website – ncfr.org
2. Under How to Become a CFLE , select Application Process
3. Click on Abbreviated Application
4. Print the Abbreviated Application Directions and Application Form
5. Go to Academic Program Approval
6. Locate your state and school and click on the checklist for your school.
7. PRINT the checklist
Consult the checklist as you plan your coursework within your major.
An Official Transcript Showing Degree Completion
A Completed Checklist
The Application Fee
NCFR allows for TWO Substitutions
Substitutions MUST cover required content area (e.g. Infant Development is not an acceptable substitute for an aging class in Content Area #3)
When substituting classes, always submit the class syllabus and a brief description of how the class met the content area.
If the substitution course was completed at a school other than the approved school, submit an official transcript showing completion of the course.
NCFR accepts transferred classes from both approved and non-approved schools. However, these courses would be counted as substitutions and would follow the substitution requirements. You must provide an official transcript for the transfer classes if it was taken at another school
Submitting a photocopy of an official transcript) rather than the O FFICIAL TRANSCRIPT
Submitting a transcript that does not show DEGREE COMPLETION .
Substituting more than 2 classes.
Not providing a syllabus for a class being used as a substitution for an approved class
Not being an NCFR member
(Being a member saves you money)
On Behalf of NCFR Staff, all CFLE’s, and the general NCFR Membership, we Welcome YOU to your Professional Home.
Please feel free to contact Maureen Bourgeois at NCFR for any of your questions, concerns, or comments. Maureen can be reached at [email_address]