Family Life Education (A)


The intent of the program is to prepare men and women for a life of service in the church and in the world, within the specialized area of Family Life. The Family Life Education Major is an applied field of study, with a conceptual inter-disciplinary foundation in psychology, sociology, law, economics, and theology. As the most basic social institution, families who are committed to Christ and a life of service, represent one of the most positive influences which will impact our world. The Family Life graduate will leave Concordia with the academic and practical training necessary to develop and implement programming to build and equip, strong healthy families. The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) has certified the Family Life Education Major, thus enabling eligible graduates to seek professional certification as a CFLE -- Certified Family Life Educator.

Required Minor

Students majoring in Family Life Education are required to select one of the minors listed below. Only students accepted into the Family Life Program may take one of these specialized minors. These minors further the academic preparation of the student in their chosen professional area, as well as provide practical experiences in related “real-life” work settings. Certain classes within each minor may be taken as an elective by any Concordia student.

  • The Child Life Specialist minor is a series of eight courses, a practicum requirement, and an internship designed to deepen an understanding of child development and the processes of supporting children and families during a medical intervention, crises, or hospitalization. This series of classes support students in preparation for the Child Life Council national certification exam to become a Certified Child Life Specialist.
  • The Community Services minor is a series of five courses, a field work requirement, and an internship which prepares students for service in public agencies and private non-profit settings where they seek to support children, youth, parents and families in addressing various personal needs, safety concerns, well-being issues, and home management challenges that occur in the course of everyday living.
  • The Children’s Ministry minor is a series of five courses, a practicum requirement, and an internship that prepares a student for work and service in a Christian ministry setting where the goal is to strengthen and support parents and those who serve young children in further developing the faith and Christian life of God’s little ones.
  • The Youth Ministry minor is a series of five courses, a practicum requirement, and an internship which enhances a sense of calling to serve young people, and deepens the needed knowledge and skills of a future ministry professional, who will serve the homes of adolescents within a church or community setting.

Church Work Certification

Students seeking to become a Commissioned Minister on the roster of the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod as a Director of Family Life Ministry (DFLM) will successfully complete the Family Life Education Major, the Community Services Minor, Children’s Ministry Minor, or Youth Ministry Minor, as well as the 19 credits required for rostered status in the LCMS. Several of these courses can also count toward completion of the Concordia University Core Curriculum.

Academic Requirements

Students must possess an overall 2.5 grade point average (GPA) in order to apply to the Family Life Program at Concordia University, Ann Arbor, and maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 once admitted to the program to remain in good standing. In order for a course in the Family Life curriculum to count toward completion of the Major, and Minor a grade of 2.0 (a letter grade of C) or above must be earned. Should a Family Life student earn less than a 2.0 in a Family Life Education Major or Program Minor course, the class must be repeated and a grade of 2.0 or above earned for it to count. Should a Family Life Major student fall below an overall GPA of 2.5, the student will be placed on academic probation within the Family Life Major until the GPA earned at CUAA is again at or above 2.5. If a student receives a grade of “F” in a Family Life Education Major course, or a class in their vocational Minor; they will not be allowed to be placed in any assigned hospital, church, or community services learning setting until that class is retaken, or other arrangements have been made. The Family Life Education Major cannot be completed unless the student’s overall GPA is 2.5 or above. Students on program or university academic probation will not be placed in any type of field learning setting until their GPA is raised to meet these set standards.

Practicum and Intern Placements

A general practicum placement is required for all students in the Family Life Education Major. This is allowed only after the student has been accepted into the program and who continues to meet all academic requirements. This initial placement is FAM 390—Practicum in Family Life, the assignment is determined through a meeting between the student and a Family Life faculty member. Attempts will be made to align the placement site experience with the professional goals of the student.

Additional practicum experiences and Internships take place within each minor. In these instances the placement reflects the chosen minor and further prepares the student for their professional emphasis within the field of Family Life services. Hours and time requirements will vary depending which minor the student has chosen, but all Internships will meet a minimum range of 480 to 600 hours depending on the minor chosen. The Internship is usually taken after all the required course work in the program has been completed.

For those seeking placement in a congregation of The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, placement staff of CUAA and the Family Life Department will individually support each student through the various steps of the Call process.

Required Courses36 credits
Interpersonal Communication (3 credits) 1 2 3 4
Family Dynamics & Resource Mgt (3 credits) 2 4
Parent Education & Guidance (3 credits) 1 3
Family Law & Public Policy (3 credits) 1 3
Family Life Educ Methodology (3 credits) 1 3
Child Development (3 credits) 1 2 3 4
Adolescent Develop (3 credits) 1 2 3 4
Human Sexuality (3 credits) 1 3
PHIL 250Moral Phil:Right & Wrong (3 credits) 1 33
Families in Society (3 credits) 2 4
Adulthood & Aging (3 credits) 2 4
Field Work in Family Life (3 credits) 1 2 3 4
Required Related Minors *28 credits
Child Life Specialist Minor
Observation Infant/Toddler Dev (3 credits) 3
Observation Preschool/Young Child Devel (3 credits) 4
The Hospitalized Child (3 credits) 1
Therapeutic Interve/Hosp Child (3 credits) 2
Child Life Specialist Seminar (1 credit) 3
Ther Play: Child Impact Health (3 credits) 1
Research Child Life I (3 credits) 1
The Child Affected by Death, Dying, and Grief (3 credits) 3
Field Work in the Hospital (3 credits) 1 2 3 4
Child Life Hopital Internship (12 credits) 1 2 3 4
Community Services Minor
Admin Skills for Huma Srvc Org (3 credits) 4
Cultur & Social Divers in Amer (3 credits) 1
IGCO Change: Theory & Practice (3 credits) 2
Treat Sub Abuse/Ment Ill/Fam V (3 credits) 3
Practical Skills-Helping Profe (1 credit) 4
Field Work in the Community (3 credits) 1 2 3 4
Community Services Internship (12 credits) 1 2 3 4
Children’s Ministry Minor
Leadership in Student Ministry (3 credits) 4
Pract Skills Children Ministry (3 credits) 2
Design Child Ministry Chch/Hom (3 credits) 1
Children's Ministry Admin (3 credits) 3
Children's Ministry Seminar (3 credits) 1 3
Field Work in Children's Minis (3 credits) 1 2 3 4
Internship in Children's Minis (12 credits) 1 2 3 4
Youth Ministry Minor
Foundations of Youth Ministry (3 credits) 4
Youth Culture (3 credits) 2
Youth Ministry Admin (3 credits) 3
Youth Ministry Seminar (1 credit) 1 3
Pract Skills in Youth Ministry (3 credits) 1
Field Work in Youth Ministry (3 credits) 1 2 3 4
Internship in Youth Ministry (12 credits) 1 2 3 4
Church Work Requirements
Old Testament (3 credits) 1 3
New Testament (3 credits) 2 4
Biblical Theology (3 credits) 1 3
A Survey of Christian Thought (3 credits) 1 2 3 4
Lutheran Confessions (3 credits) 2 4
REL 408
(2 credits) 1 2 3 4
Life & Thought-Luther (3 credits) 1 2 3 4