The Family Sciences program at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) first received Program Approval from the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) in 2001. The Bachelor of Child and Family Studies was added in 2010. There are more than 120 academic institutions in Canada and the US that offer degree programs that are approved by NCFR as meeting the criteria necessary for certification as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator. So far UPEI is only one of three Canadian Universities to receive program approval. The following is a link to information about the Academic Program Approval and Certification Policies and Procedures
Family Science and Child and Family Studies Students
Students in Family Science and Child and Family Studies are eligible to obtain the Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) credential through an Abbreviated Application process. Students must complete a specific list of required and elective courses offered through the department. Click here for the current list of courses required by NCFR. Limited substitutions can be made under certain circumstances.
Students in Other Academic Programs
Students in any major, for example Foods and Nutrition, can also complete the academic requirements for certification. These requirements can be met after graduation. Professionals can also complete the requirements without being enrolled in a degree program at UPEI. However, they need to write the Certification exam. The Certified Family Life Educator credential requires demonstrated knowledge in the ten family life content areas. Detailed info about these content areas is contained in the policies and procedures document noted above. Please contact the Department of Family and Nutritional Sciences for information on specific course requirements and for further information.