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Family Life Education and Coaching

 

Graduate Certificate | Family Life Education and Coaching

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Entrance Exam: Not required

The Graduate Certificate in Family Life Education and Coaching prepares students to work with parents, professionals, and families as a both family life educator and family life coach.

The Graduate Certificate in Family Life Education and Coaching prepares students to work with parents, professionals, and families as a both family life educator and family life coach. Family Life Coaches (FLC) help clients through a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their potential, reach goals, and achieve happiness. Required courses are designed to strengthen the student’s understanding and application of the critical aspects of family life coaching, including a strengthened understanding of the fields of coaching psychology and family life education. Family Life Educators (FLE) are strengths-based professionals who provide preventative education to families in organized efforts designed to provide information, skills, experiences, or resources intended to strengthen, improve, or enrich their family experience.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must meet one (1) of the three (3) following requirements to apply to a FYD graduate certificate program:

  • Be a graduate of an accredited four-year college or university, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 at the time of graduation,
  • Be a degree student in good standing in a NC State University graduate program, or
  • Have a master’s degree.

PLAN OF STUDY

Four courses (12 credit hours) must be completed.

  • All certificate requirements must be completed within four calendar years, beginning with the date the student commences the first course toward the certificate.
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on all certificate course work.
  • The minimum grade to receive certificate credit is "C."
  • Students may take up to nine (9) credit hours of coursework as a Non-Degree Studies (NDS)/Post-Baccalaureate Studies (PBS) student before being accepted to the certificate program.
  • Transfer credit from other programs is not allowed.
  • Students must submit a Family and Youth Development Graduate Certificate Exit Form when all program requirements have been completed.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Graduate certificate programs are an alternative to a full master’s degree. Our certificate programs are designed to prepare professionals to better serve in their roles as family life and parent educators and youth professionals.

A total of 4 graduate courses (12 credit hours) are required:

YFCS 543 - Applied Concepts in Parenting and Family Life Education

Units: 3

Theoretical and empirical literature in lifespan, family life, and parent education will be explored along with implications for issues affecting families including content, delivery, and evaluation of parent education programs. Offered either face-to-face or in person via Distance Education.

Offered in Spring Only

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2016 Spring Term

YFCS 545 - Family Communication and Coaching

Units: 3

This course examines communication in families and integrates the coach approach to communication including identifying individual and family issues; appreciating differences; discovering purpose; practicing forgiveness; resolving conflict; conducting successful critical conversations; mending relationships; effective communication; direct and indirect communication; the art of saying no; the power of words; powerful questions; work/life balance; identifying values; stress management.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

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2016 Summer Term 1

YFCS 547 - Family Life Coaching

Units: 3

YFCS 547: Family Life Coaching prepares family science practitioners to meet the growing demands of improving family life through family life and parent Coaching. This graduate-level course examines family life coaching as an approach to services for families and youth. Students will be introduced to coaching as a vital service for helping families better communicate and reach goals and will explore theoretical and empirical literature in coaching. Through practice and skill building exercises, students will learn to coach and will examine the implications for future coaching practice.

Offered in Fall Only

Choose One YFCS Elective

Students should select an elective that mosts aligns with their professional interests; as such, courses not listed here may be applied to the Certificate program. Electives must be advisor-approved in a FLE content area.

YFCS 502 - Theories in Family Sciences

Units: 3

This course will critically compare and evaluate the major human development theories and their application to family life and youth development and examine the usefulness of theory in describing, explaining, predicting, or changing behavior.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

YFCS 523 - Family Relationships Over the Life Course

Units: 3

Applications of theories and research about interpersonal relationships and family dynamics to issues facing families over the life course, emphasizing the interplay of social, developmental and health factors in affecting change, continuity and well-being.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Even Years

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2016 Fall Term

YFCS 524 - Gerontology in Family Life Education

Units: 3

The course will examine the social context of aging, the lived experience of aging as reported by older persons, and the interaction of individuals and families with social institutions and community systems of care, including the "aging network".

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

YFCS 531 - Effective Management of Family Resources

Units: 3

Family resource management theory is used to examine personal financial management concepts. Family systems and stress theories will be employed to emphasize the interconnections between families, communities, resources through topics such as personal management [decision-making, time & organizational management, stress management]; human and social capital [education, skill building, health, employability, relationships]; physical capital [transportation, real estate, and housing]; financial management [credit and debt, budgeting, retirement issues, bankruptcy].

Offered in Spring Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Even Years

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2016 Spring Term

YFCS 533 - Complex Family Issues

Units: 3

This course will examine educational intervention strategies for family issues that pose particular difficulty for Family Life and Parenting Educators. Topics include: addictions/substance abuse; child abuse and neglect; domestic abuse; Illness, death and dying; divorce/mediation; step-families & single parenting; gang memberships, suicidal ideation, sexuality/teen pregnancy; and rape and other acts of violence. The course will include a discussion of evidence-based prevention and treatment options for referring clients, and a debate of the role of educators in this process.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

YFCS 552 - Program Development & Evaluation in Youth & Family Settings

Units: 3

Historical and contemporary foundations of program development and evaluation in non-formal, community-based family life and youth development settings are examined including theory, research, and three holistic program development constructs: 1] planning; 2] design and implementation; 3] impact evaluation and accountability.

Offered in Spring Only

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2016 Spring Term

YFCS 553 - Applied Concepts in Child and Youth Development

Units: 3

This course explores the fundamental concepts of child and youth development [including early childhood through adolescence] as applied to programmatic and organizational contexts. A special focus is placed upon the concepts as applied to Community Youth theories & practice.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

YFCS 585 - Contemporary Issues in Community Youth Development

Units: 3

Students will explore social, cultural, political, and/or organizational underpinnings of youth issues as focused in [1] issues facing community-based youth serving organizations themselves [e.g., mission, structure, funding, staffing, impact and accountability, and politics, etc]; and [2] issues facing the youth audiences served by the organizations [e.g., healthy lifestyles/obesity/substance abuse, sexuality, youth-against-youth violence, career exploration and workforce development, civic engagement, academic success and school drop-out, etc.].

Offered in Spring Only

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2016 Spring Term

YFCS 590 - Special Topics Family Life and Youth Development

Units: 1 - 6

Special Topics Family Life and Youth Development

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1 2016 Fall Term

YFCS 502 - Theories in Family Sciences

Units: 3

This course will critically compare and evaluate the major human development theories and their application to family life and youth development and examine the usefulness of theory in describing, explaining, predicting, or changing behavior.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

    Tuition Level: Graduate

    Resident
    Cost per Credit Hour: $411.88
    Total Estimated Cost for 12 Credits Completed at NC State: $4,942.56

    Non-resident
    Cost per Credit Hour: $1,007.88
    Total Estimated Cost for 12 Credits Completed at NC State: $12,094.56

    Approximate cost per semester: $3,706.92 based on 9 credit hours

    Note: There may be additional fees associated with Distance Education courses for verification of student identity for proctored examinations. These fees will be paid directly by the student to the proctor or facility and are not charged to your student account.

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