WMU News

WMU program wins designation

January 21, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University has become the first university in the state to have a graduate program obtain a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator designation from the National Council on Family Relations.

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences' Concentration in Family Life Education program has been recognized as offering appropriate course work for each of 10 family life substance areas required for CFLE designation.

The designation means students will go through a much simpler process and spend less money to become certified by the National Council of Family Relations, says Dr. Linda S. Dannison, chairperson of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. Courses students take already have met NCFR requirements. Students previously had to submit additional documentation to earn provisional certification. The certification also is national and recognized in all states.

"It's very good news," Dannison says, adding that the designation culminates two years of work.

Students still will have to apply for full certification later. Full certification requires two years of full-time work experience.
The National Council on Family Relations is a member-funded, non-partisan educational and professional organization. In addition to providing member-based services and programs, NCFR publishes the Journal of Marriage and the Family, and Family Relations and other family research and education resources.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 616 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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