University Catalog 2024-2025

Family Life Education and Coaching (Certificate)

The Graduate Certificate in Family Life Education and Coaching prepares students to work with parents, professionals, and families as both family life educators and family life coaches. Family Life Educators (FLE) are strengths-based professionals who provide preventative research-based education to families in organized efforts designed to impart information, skills, experiences, or resources to strengthen, improve, or enrich their family experience. Family Life Coaches (FLC) partner with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires families to maximize their potential, reach goals, and achieve healthy relationships. Required courses are designed to strengthen the student’s understanding and application of the critical aspects of family life coaching and education, including a strengthened understanding of the fields of coaching psychology and family life education. The 12-credit graduate program can be completed entirely online.

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Applicants must meet one of these three requirements for admission to the graduate certificate program:

  • Be a graduate of an accredited four-year college or university, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 at the time of graduation,
  • Be a degree student in good standing in a NC State University graduate program, or
  • Have a bachelor's degree.

Applicant Information

  • Delivery Method: On-Campus, Online, Hybrid
  • Entrance Exam: None
  • Interview Required: None

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: November 1

Plan Requirements

Required Courses9
Applied Concepts in Parenting and Family Life Education
Family Communication and Coaching
Family Life Coaching
Elective Course3
See "Elective Courses" listed below
Total Hours12

Elective Courses

Select one of the following electives that most aligns with your professional interests:3
Theories in Family Science
Family Relationships Over the Life Course
Effective Management of Family Resources
Complex Family Issues
Human Sexuality
Program Development & Evaluation in Youth & Family Settings
Applied Concepts in Child and Youth Development
Professional Ethics and Family Policy