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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Family Life Educator

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Becoming a Certified Family Life Educator

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) certifies family life educators. Certification is available to professionals from all disciplines who have met the requirements in 10 content areas.

Career Opportunities for CFLEs

Family Life Education takes place in many settings, wherever families need education and prevention programs to strengthen their family life. These include human services, community based education and the Cooperative Extension Service, faith-based organizations, health care, and more. For more information on where Family Life Educators are employed, visit the National Council for Family Relations.

 Family Life Educator Certification

  • Recognizes a proven background and broad understanding of family life issues.
  • Validates experience and education.
  • Recognizes the comprehensive range of issues constituting family life education.
  • Acknowledges the preventive focus of family life education.
  • Provides avenues for networking.

Certification requires a bachelor's degree and two years professional experience. The Child Development & Family Studies (CDFS) program at Minnesota State University , Mankato has been approved by the National Council on Family Relations. Graduates with an CDFS major or minor who have taken the approved courses are eligible to apply for provisional certification using the abbreviated process and paying a reduced application fee. After two years of professional experience they can apply for full certification.

Fore more information please visit the National Council on Family Relations website.  You may also contact faculty advisors Dr. Dan Moen or Dr. Heather Von Bank.