This Master’s degree was designed for those wanting to gain a greater understanding of children, youth, and families to provide family-centered and strengths-based education and intervention services in applied settings. The Master’s is a practice application-oriented degree especially suitable for individuals already working in the family or human service sectors, early childhood education or secondary education, religious settings, or corrections as well as those wishing to enter those fields. This degree emphasizes training in both the generation of research-based knowledge and its translation into effective programs and policies that positively impact the well-being of children, youth, elderly, special populations, and families. Courses will emphasize programmatic efforts that work to prevent the development of problematic outcomes and to promote optimal functioning in individuals or groups across the life course.
This degree will provide excellent preparation for those wanting to work in a variety of family life education positions including, but not limited to, Educational Activity Specialist, Presenter – Family Life Education, Family Life & Sex Education Specialist, Sexuality Educator, and Parenting Education Specialist those who provide family medical services such as Midwifery, Doulas, Childbirth Education, Infant Massage Instructors, Lactation specialists and others who desire to have a deeper understanding of Family Dynamics and Relationship connections. Unlike some fields where graduates focus their job search activities on specific settings such as schools, hospitals, prison systems, or corporations, employment opportunities for family science graduates exist in almost all sectors of society where families are receiving services. This program is open for students who have completed any undergraduate program. Graduates from the Applied Family Science Master’s degree program will be able to seek certification as a family life educator though the National Council on Family Relations after completing the program.
This program has been recognized by the National Council on Family Relations as a CFLE (Certified Family Life Educator) approved program. Individuals successfully completing this degree will have demonstrated knowledge and experience in ten areas of family science expertise as outlined by the National Council on Family Relations and be eligible for certification. (NCFR. 2014) Courses have been carefully crafted to allow students to complete the competencies within the 33 credit experience. Throughout the course work students can complete assessments and design projects that fit their specific areas of interest. The personalized guided practical or individual capstone project also allow the student flexibility and choices.
Courses are offered online in a 7 week block format except for the practicums/capstone courses which are semester courses. This program is designed to be completed in two years of continuous study but may be accelerated by some students.
Applied Family Science Competencies
To qualify for the Master of Science in Applied Family Science degree, a student must satisfy the fully admitted requirements and complete a minimum of 33 credit hours, maintaining a cumulative grade of 3.0. All students must complete the nine core courses and two 120-hour guided practicum courses.
This Master’s degree is a 33 credit degree. The focus of the degree is to study healthy family functioning within a family and community-cultural systems perspective. The degree will have an emphasis on family life education, an applied field of Family Science with a conceptual foundation drawn from Family Science, psychology, education, family health, home management, sociology, l, social work (non-clinical), biology and theology.
AFM 6610 Human Development Across the Lifespan
AFM 6620 Research in Practice
AFM 6630 Family Dynamics
AFM 6640 Families and Crisis
AFM 6650 Family Resource Management
AFM 6660 Sexuality Education
AFM 6670 Parent Education
AFM 6680 Legal, Ethical, and Policy Issues in Family Science
AFM 6690 Family Life Education
AFM 8100 Practicum 1
AFM 8110 Practicum II
AFM 8200 Capstone Project in Family Life Education
This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2022-2023 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2021 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.