Welcome to Family Life Education!

Certification in Family Life Education (CFLE)

  • Credential to bolster your resume
  • Hands-on experience
    Register for HDFS 3080: Supervised Field Experience.
  • Head Start
    Complete an Internship at Head Start and work in children's education.
  • Other Fieldwork
    Complete Fieldwork in whatever area interests you!

Contact: Beth S. Russell, Ph.D.

Assistant, Professor, CFLE Advisor

beth.russell@uconn.edu

(203) 236-9874

Waterbury Campus, Rm 115  OR

Storrs Campus, FSB Rm 123

 UCONN’s CFLE program is a course-based program that provides specific training in 10 content areas and qualifies a student to pursue a career as a Family Life Educator, among other professions.  It is sponsored by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), the nation’s leading professional organization for the study of families. Learn more about how to become a CLFE.

What is Family Life Education?

Family life education focuses on healthy family functioning within a family systems perspective and provides a primarily preventive approach. The skills and knowledge needed for healthy functioning are widely known: strong communication skills, knowledge of typical human development, good decision-making skills, positive self-esteem, and healthy interpersonal relationships. The goal of family life education is to teach and foster this knowledge and these skills to enable individuals and families to function optimally.

What can I do with a CFLE?

 

Certified Family Life Educator

 

Family Life Education

Contact: Beth RussellShannon Weaver

Consider taking:

SOCI 36513911, WGSS 3264, 3453, 3621

Advanced degree required?

BA is sufficient

Potential jobs:

Family resource management school staff,  Head Start home visitor, assistant living program director, healthcare community-family liaison

Business, Consumer & Family Services

 

Family Life Education

ContactShannon Weaver

Consider taking:

SOCI 34213429, ECON 1201, ACCT 2001

Advanced degree required?

BA is sufficient

Potential jobs:

Consumer Protection Staff/Agent,Employee Assistance Program staff

Public & International Policy

 

Military Support

Contact: Preston BritnerShannon WeaverSteven Wisensale

Consider taking:

SOCI 100135033701, PSYC 2101, PP 10014034, HIST 3674

Advanced degree required?

BA is possible

Potential jobs:

Family Policy Advocate, Peace Corp, Military Family Support Specialist, Dept of Children & Families (DCF), Global Family Planning, Immigration & Migrant Family Services, NGOs

Family Financial Counselor

Family Life Education

Contact: Shannon Weaver

Consider taking:

SOCI 34213429, ECON 24561201, ACCT 2001

Advanced degree required?

BA is sufficient

Potential jobs:

Poverty remediation agencies like:

The Village for ChildrenNew Opportunities Inc

 Food Assistance Programs

Family and Consumer Sciences

Contact: Beth Russell

Consider taking:

SOCI 34213429, ECON 24561201, ACCT 2001

Advanced degree required?

BA is sufficient

Potential jobs:

Program Staff,

Poverty remedation agencies like:

Local Food Banks, Meals on Wheels

 Education

Early Childhood Development and Education

ContactJoAnn RobinsonBeth Russell

Consider taking:

PSYCH 2400250025012101

Advanced degree required?

BA is sufficient

Potential jobs:

Preschools, Head Start, Early Head Start, Corporate Childcare Centers, Afterschool programming

Healthcare and Wellness

Healthcare

Contact: Marysol Asencio, Lisa Eaton

Consider taking:

NUSC 12451110, SOCI 3429, PSYC 2200

Advanced degree required?

BA is sufficient, MA is preferable

Potential jobs:

Public Health Outreach, Hospital-based Family Support, Child Life Specialist, Holistic Health Center staff, Nutrition Education, Hospice and other Long-term care settings

 

Family Interventionist

Intervention

Contact: Kari AdamsonsRachel Tambling

Consider taking:

PSYCH 2101, SOCI 39113421

Advanced degree required?

BA is sufficient

Potential jobs:

Individual & Family Support Services; Crisis hotline services (interpersonal violence, suicide, or substance use)

 

 What can a CFLE do for me?

“Because of my interest in a CFLE, I have had opportunities to broaden my knowledge through on site experience, which could not be achieved in a classroom setting” ~Alaina Fusco, CFLE Student

“I learned a lot about reactive care in my HDFS classes and how to treat people who have experienced trauma…the CFLE has given me the knowledge and the tools to not just react, but to be proactive in helping families be the best they can be. My internship at DCF showed me that CFLE is applicable in range of service environments.” ~Nicole Purcell, CFLE Graduate

“CFLE is distinct from what most HDFS students study. The CFLE equips you with tools applicable in almost every social science field…by participating in supervised field experiences I got to discover what I enjoy doing professionally.” ~Kyle Crocetto, CFLE Student

Find out more about NCFR’s CFLE program.

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