Spring Arbor University

Family Relations Education (BA)

Family Relations Education at Spring Arbor University

Earn your bachelor’s degree by enrolling in the Bachelor of Arts in Family Relations Education program, offered through the School of Human Services, which is approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), and includes coursework which leads to the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation. It is also endorsed by Focus on the Family.

According to the Winter 2010 issue of Network, NCFR’s newsletter for certified family relations educators of the National Council on Family Relations, Spring Arbor University’s family relations education program held the top spot among NCFR’s top 15 approved programs (as based on the number of graduates applying to be Certified Family Life Educators through the Abbreviated Application process).

Family relations education is an applied field of study with a conceptual foundation drawn from psychology, education, home management, sociology, law, economics, social work, philosophy, biology and theology. The Bachelor of Arts degree is conferred upon successful completion of all graduation requirements. A minor in family relations education is also available.

Career Opportunities

  • Social Services: Family service agencies, foster care, legal services, referral programs, food stamp programs, Meals-on-Wheels and transportation programs.
  • Health Services: Nursing homes, hospitals, day care centers, community mental health centers, housing projects and public health clinics.
  • Program Planning: Group homes, senior centers, government agencies, parks and recreation departments, educational institutions, religious organizations and department of corrections.

Program Strengths and Emphases

This program centers on gaining insight into human development, dynamics of relationships, and the science and practice of family life education and consultation. Further refinement of skills increases this base of knowledge and the student’s ability to assess and analyze human dynamics and skills in communication, interviewing and problem-solving. The major requires 42 credits.

Early Childhood Development Certificate

  • Add an Early Childhood Development certificate to your BA in Family Relations Education.
  • Earn an Early Childhood Education associate degree from your local community college either before beginning FRE or before the internship portion of the FRE program.
  • Complete your internship in an early childhood setting with supervision by a FRE academic coordinator through Spring Arbor University.
  • Appropriate for those wishing to work with young children in Head Start, Child Protective Services, 4C’s or other family-related fields.
  • For details, contact your admissions specialist.

Goals and Outcomes

The purposes of this program are for students to:

  • Gain knowledge about concepts and principles relevant to family living
  • Explore personal attitudes and values
  • Identify and understand the attitudes and values of others
  • Provide guided learning experiences relevant to preventing family problems
  • Develop interpersonal skills that contribute to family well-being
  • Gain practical experience through a required independent study projects.

Courses and Program Requirements

The 42-hour accelerated Bachelor of Arts in Family Relations Education major requires that students develop specific professional skills by taking courses in:

  • Human Life Cycle
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Family Theory
  • Marriage, Family and Sexuality
  • Parenting and Family Skills
  • Public Policy, Family Law and Family Life Education
  • Biblical Perspectives
  • Adult Development and Life Planning
  • Family Facilitation Programming
  • Ethnicity, Social Class and the Family
  • Critical Analysis and Research Writing

View the program requirements and layout, course descriptions, and to learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in Family Life Education program and the 24-hour family life education minor, at Spring Arbor University in the undergraduate course catalog.

Sample Course Layout

Adult Development & Life Planning5
Critical Analysis & Research Writing6
Academic Planning Week1
Family Theory4
Human Life Cycle6
Marriage, Family and Sexuality5
Research Methods5
Interpersonal Relations: Interviewing and Interventions5
Ethnicity, Social Class and Family5
Independent Study Projectn/a
Family Facilitation Programming5
Biblical Perspectives6
Parenting & Family Skills5
Values: Personal & Social5
Public Policy, Family Law & Family Life Education4

Locations and Start Dates

The bachelor’s in family relations education program is offered at several sites across Michigan. Click on the location nearest you to see when the next cohort is scheduled to begin. Apply now!

  • Battle Creek | please contact your admissions representative for more information
  • Gaylord | please contact your admissions representative for more information
  • Grand Rapids | please contact your admissions representative for more information
  • Metro Detroit | please contact your admissions representative for more information
  • Traverse City | please contact your admissions representative for more information

Admission Requirements

Admission into the Bachelor of Arts in Family Relations Education program requires prior completion of 58 semester hours. Credit hours can be earned through testing and approved courses taken at other accredited institutions. We also offer an Associate of Science in Business program that is designed to help you earn enough credits to enter our accelerated bachelor’s degree programs.

The following are additional admission requirements for the FRE program:

  • Fill out the online or written application
  • Submit an autobiographical outline
  • Submit a writing sample
  • Send us your transcripts from each college you’ve attended (must be official transcripts issued by the institution).

If you have questions or want to meet with a program representative, call 800.968.0011 or contact us.

Tuition and Fees

2017-18 rates

      • Tuition per credit: $510
      • Registration fee (per semester): $40
      • Technology fee (per semester): $105

Tuition rates and fees are subject to change.

For more information please contact an admissions rep at admissions@arbor.edu or call 1.800.968.0011.

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