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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 BA or MA 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

Interpersonal Relationships

Internal Dynamics of Families

Parent Education and Guidance

Human Growth and Development

Family Law and Public Policy

Human Sexuality


Family Resource Management

Family Life Education Methodology

Requirements - Certificate

Units required for Certificate: 21

Courses in parentheses are prerequisites.

Specific course requirements are:



The Family and Social Issues


FACS 140

Family Resource Management (GWAR Certification before Fall 09, or WPJ score of 80+, or C or higher grade in ENGL 109M/W, or C- grade in ENGL 109M/W or WPJ score 70/71 and ENGL 109X co-requisite)



Issues in Parenting (FACS 52, CHDV 30, or CHDV 35 or instructor permission) OR

CHDV 130

Parent Education


FACS 155

Family Life Education

(3) Select one of the following:

HLSC 134

Understanding Human Sexuality

NURS 160

Human Sexuality

PSYC 134

Psychology of Human Sexuality (PSYC 2)

(3) Select one of the following:


The Child in the Family

FACS 152

Adolescent Development (FACS 52, CHDV 30 or instructor permission)

FACS 159

Adulthood and Aging in Human Development (A human development course or instructor permission)



Internship (Upper division status; 2.5 GPA or above)

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