Family Life Education

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College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies

Program Description

The goal of the program is to prepare students to provide family life education in schools, churches, youth programs, family service agencies, and other areas of the community. The certificate program is designed to cover the ten family life substance areas delineated by the National Council on Family Relations NCFR. (See list below). A Sacramento State certificate is awarded upon graduation provided all certificate and degree requirements have been fulfilled.

Note: This program is taken concurrently with established degree requirements. The majority of courses for the certificate program are applicable toward course requirements for a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. The certificate is not a teaching credential. In conjunction with a Bachelor or Master degree or a state teaching credential, it may be helpful in obtaining employment as a Family Life Educator.

Admission Requirements

  1. Students must either be in a degree program at Sacramento State or must apply for graduate admission to the University.
  2. Both undergraduates and graduate students must have a GPA of at least 2.5.
  3. Students must apply for entry into the program through the certificate coordinator.

Program Requirements

  1. Complete a baccalaureate degree program with a major in Family and Consumer Sciences or a related field.
  2. A GPA of 3.0 (B grade or higher) must be attained for all courses taken in the program.
  3. At least 9 of the 21 required units must be taken in residence at Sacramento State.

National Council on Family Relations Family Life Substance Areas

  • Families in Society
  • Internal Dynamics of Families
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Human Sexuality
  • Family Resource Management
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Parent Education and Guidance
  • Family Law and Public Policy
  • Ethics
  • Family Life Education Methodology

Career Possibilities

The Sacramento State certificate in Family Life Education can stand alone or serve as a step toward national certification through the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). Family Life Educators have employment opportunities in a variety of public service areas: social services, health and welfare, recreation, youth programs, community action, preschool/daycare, after school programs, drug/alcohol rehabilitation centers, senior citizens programs, military family support, parent education, community education, extension services, and family service agencies. For information on certification at the national level see

Contact Information

Ann Moylan, Coordinator
Mariposa Hall 3000
(916) 278-6393


Units required for Certificate: 21

Specific course requirements are:

Required Courses (21 Units)
FACS 50The Family and Social Issues 3
FACS 140Family Resource Management3
FACS/CHDV 154Issues in Parenting3
CHDV 130Parent Education3
FACS 155Family Life Education3
Select one of the following:3
Understanding Human Sexuality
Human Sexuality
Psychology of Human Sexuality
Select one of the following:3
The Child In The Family
Adolescent Development
Adulthood and Aging in Human Development
Total Units21