The Family Studies program prepares students to promote the well-being of individuals and families across the life-span in both professional and personal contexts.  The program coursework is approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) for certification as a Family Life Educator


Students completing the program are expected to achieve the following program goals:

  • Understand the major theories in Family Studies and appropriately apply to practice
  • Understand and critically evaluate the research process and key content knowledge in Family Studies and translate research findings and content knowledge into practice
  • Understand and demonstrate professional and ethical behavior
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills for Family Studies, including the use of technology when appropriate
  • Understand the influence of the broader social, cultural, and historical context on children, families, and relationships and apply to practice
  • Successfully complete the criteria for provisional certification as a Family Life Educator