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The goal of a Certified Family Life Educator (abbreviated CFLE) is to teach and serve family members across the lifespan. Family Life Educators have knowledge based in the discipline of Family Science, and are employed in a variety of settings and roles. Ministry spans societal issues — economics, education, work-family issues, parenting, sexuality, gender, and more — within the context of the family (conception to coffin).  The goal is to empower families themselves to apply healthy family functioning to prevent or minimize problems.

CFLEs have proven knowledge in the 10 Family Life Education Content Areas:

  1. Families and Individuals in Societal Contexts
  2. Internal Dynamics of Families
  3. Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan
  4. Human Sexuality
  5. Interpersonal Relationships
  6. Family Resource Management
  7. Parent Education and Guidance
  8. Family Law and Public Policy
  9. Professional Ethics and Practice
  10. Family Life Education Methodology

CFLE's are credentialed through the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). The CFLE credential is the nationally recognized standard in Family Life Education and validates a professional's experience and knowledge as a Family Life Educator.