Family Life

Families are the building blocks of our society; our most basic social institution. Families make up our neighborhoods, our cities, our countries, and our world. And families who are committed to Christ and a life of service can be one of the most positive influences on the planet.
CUAA’s Family Life Education program builds and equips strong, healthy families through programming, education, counseling, and mentoring.

The CUAA Advantage

A Family Life Education degree from CUAA offers you more than a diploma. It offers you:
• An academic foundation in psychology, sociology, law, economics, and theology
• Four specialized minors
• The only school in Michigan with a minor as a Child Life Specialist
• Experienced faculty who know you by name and wholeheartedly want you to thrive
• An invaluable network of fellow students who will support you in the field
• Preparation to become a Certified Family Life Educator
• Personal, professional and spiritual growth
• Extensive fieldwork to gain hands-on experience

Degree Details

• Years to complete: 4 years

Learning Outcomes

In CUAA’s Family Life Education program you’ll study:
• The scope, trends, and current issues in family life education methodology
• The role of family within society
• Family law, public policy and laws relating to marriage, divorce, family support, child custody, family planning, and child protection and rights
• Basic family theories to better understand family strengths and weaknesses
• Family decision-making and how those decisions impact quality of life
• Communication breakdowns in interpersonal relationships
• Human developmental stages from birth to pre-adolescence
• Coursework specific to your selected minor

Career Paths

• Community service worker
• Foster/adoption care worker
• Senior center director
• Marriage and family counselor
• Director of Family Life Ministry (DFLM)
• Youth program director
• Child Life Specialist in a hospital

Required Minor

Students majoring in Family Life Education are required to select one of the following minors:
• Child Life Specialist – supports children and families during a medical intervention, crises, or hospitalization.
• Community Services – supports children, youth, parents and families in public agencies and private non-profit settings.
• Children’s Ministry – serves in a Christian ministry setting to strengthen and support parents and those who serve young children.
• Youth Ministry – serves young people in a church or community setting.

Advanced Degrees

You may choose to pursue graduate studies in psychology, sociology, family life, counseling, or at the seminary.


CUAA’s Family Life Education curriculum includes extensive coursework in family dynamics, family law, communication, and child and adolescent development. Each minor includes five courses specific to that specialty, a field work requirement, and an internship. See our course catalog for our full curriculum.

Complementary Majors/Minors

  • Psychology
  • Pre-Seminary
  • Religious Studies
  • Art
  • Music


Certified Family Life Educator: Concordia’s Family Life Education program meets and maintains the academic standards for program certification by the National Council on Family Relations. Graduates of our certified program are immediately eligible to receive the nationally recognized Certified Family Life Educator credential.

Church Work Certification

Students who seek to become a Commissioned Minister on the roster of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) as a Director of Family Life Ministry (DFLM) will successfully complete:

• the Family Life major
• the Community Services, Children’s Ministry, or Youth Ministry minor, and
• the 19 credits required for rostered status in the LCMS

Recommended High School Prep

• Math
• English
• Lab Science
• Social Studies
• Foreign Language

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