Program Accreditation

Programs in the Department of Child and Family Studies are recognized by the following national organizations:

  • The Melba S. Lerner Children's School is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
  • The Early Childhood Education program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
  • The Family Studies program is approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). (See news release below)

News release from the NFCR, June 1997:

Weber State University's undergraduate program in Child and Family Studies has met the Standards and Criteria required for the Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation from the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). This means the college's program includes appropriate course work for each of the ten family life substance areas required for the CFLE designation.

Graduates of Weber State University's undergraduate program in Child and Family Studies now qualify to complete an abbreviated CFLE application process saving them time and money.

The program approval does not imply accreditation, but recognizes the inclusion of relevant course work for each of the ten family life substance areas needed for the Provisional Certified Family Life Educator designation. NCFR has not done any evaluation of faculty or of the Weber State University's campus or facilities.

The ten substance areas include:

  1. Family and Society
  2. Internal Family Dynamics
  3. Human Growth and Development
  4. Human Sexuality
  5. Interpersonal Relationships
  6. Family Resource Management
  7. Parent Education
  8. Family Law and Public Policy
  9. Ethics
  10. Family Life Education Methodology

The CFLE designation recognizes broad, comprehensive ranges of issues constituting family life education. It acknowledges the preventive focus of family life education and assures that the designate has met or exceeded the high standards and criteria needed to provide quality family life education.

National Council on Family Relations, a member-funded, non-partisan educational and professional organization, is in its second half-century of service to family professionals. In addition to its member-based services and programs, NCFR publishes the Journal of Marriage and the Family, and Family Relations and other family research and education resources.


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