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Family Life Education (FLE)

Family Life Education is the professional practice of equipping and empowering people and family members to develop knowledge and skills that enhance well-being and develop interpersonal relationships through an educational, preventive, and strengths-based approach.

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Foster Development

Teach the skills needed for healthy individual or family functioning.

Skills & Knowledge

- Strong communication skills
- Knowledge of typical human development
- Good decision-making skills, positive self-regard
- Healthy interpersonal relationships


The goal of Family Life Education (FLE) is to teach these skill and knowledge areas to individuals and/or family members across the lifespan, fostering positive individual and family development toward optimum functioning levels.

FLEs empow­er peo­ple to apply knowl­edge about healthy fam­i­ly or rela­tion­al func­tion­ing to pre­vent or min­i­mize problems.

Career Oppor­tu­ni­ties

Where are Family Life Educators Employed?

FLEs have knowledge grounded in family and human sciences and are employed in a variety of settings and roles. They consider societal issues — economics, education, personal and community health, work-family issues, parenting, sexuality, and more — within the context of the family and other relevant systems. FLEs believe issues such as substance use, domestic or interpersonal violence, unemployment, debt, and child abuse or neglect can be more effectively addressed from a perspective that considers individuals and families as part of larger systems.

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M.S. in Human Sci­ences — Fam­i­ly Life Edu­ca­tion: 39 hours (min­i­mum)

Human Sciences Foundation Courses

18 Hours

Family Life Education Courses

15 Hours

Practicum or Thesis Courses

6 Hours

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