Family Life Education

The Family Life Education Concentration prepares students to provide educational programming to parents, couples, and families in settings such as domestic violence and homeless shelters, social services agencies, Head Start and Help Me Grow programs, faith-based organizations and military bases among others.

The program focuses on promoting healthy family development by teaching positive coping skills to individuals, couples, families and caregivers as a proactive approach to promote positive family development. Family Life Educators teach individuals and families effective communication skills, positive self-esteem, parenting skills and healthy interpersonal skills. This concentration leads to provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) from the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics employment projection for 2008-2018 predicts a 47% growth in jobs for individual and family service providers.

For more information contact Dr. Maureen Blankemeyer at

Course Requirements:
COMM 20001 Interpersonal Communication 3
HED 32544 Human Sexuality 3
HDFS 44021 Family Intervention 3
HDFS 44022 Changing Roles of Men & Women 3
HDFS 44030 Family Life Education Methodology 3
HDFS 44092 Practicum in HDFS 3-6
Select 5-6 hours from the following:
CACM 11001 Introduction to Conflict Management 3
  38080 Mediation: Theory and Training 3
ENG 20002 Introduction to Technical Writing 3
HED 32530 Drug Use and Misuse 3
HED 34060 Small Group Processes 2
HED 42041 Health Counseling 3
SPED 23000 Intro to Exceptionalities 3

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Professional Licensure Disclosure
This program is designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure or certification and contact information for state licensing boards at Kent State's website for professional licensure disclosure.

Kent State's website for professional licensure disclosure.