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Family Life Education (Cert)

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Certificate (Cert)
1 year
Primary campus
Loyola (LOY)
Start term
Fall, Winter

Why study Family Life Education?

Acquire the knowledge and skills to help improve the quality of life for families and individuals of all ages. Designed for those who are qualified in their own professions and wish to obtain additional training and practice in group leadership and small group dynamics; interpersonal relations and communications; and designing, facilitating and evaluating programs and workshops.

The aim is to increase knowledge and skills relevant to conducting family life education programs in service agencies, hospitals, schools, companies and religious institutions.

Program structure

The Certificate in Family Life Education is designed for those who, although qualified in their own professions, wish to obtain additional training and practice in:

  • group leadership and small group dynamics;
  • interpersonal relations and communications;
  • designing, facilitating and evaluating programs and workshops; and,
  • prevention work with individuals and families.

Program option

  • Certificate in Family Life Education (30 credits)


Admission criteria

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements

Course requirements for admission

No specific courses required. However:

Additional requirements for admission

All applicants to the Certificate in Family Life Education program are required to submit a Letter of Intent with their Concordia University admission application. This is your opportunity as a prospective student to express, in writing, why you wish to enter the Department of Applied Human Sciences.

The Letter of Intent should include:

  • A statement of both your long-term and short-term goals.
  • Your reasons for choosing Applied Human Sciences.
  • Your strengths and weaknesses as a candidate.
  • The experiences you have had that led you to apply (including work and volunteer experience).

Applicants are required to have the following courses as prerequisites for entrance into the program:  AHSC 220, AHSC 230, AHSC 232. Mature entry students require the prerequisite ENGL 212.

Special note:  CEGEP graduates of Techniques de Loisirs (Dawson College), Special Care Counselling (Vanier College, Lasalle College), Social Services (Dawson College) and Correctional Technology (John Abbott College) may have credits applied to their degrees based on their course of study at CEGEP. Applicants will be informed of any credits awarded in their Offer of Admission.

Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

After your degree

Graduates are encouraged to apply to the following types of employers:

  • Community and social service agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Support group and volunteer organizations
  • CLSCs
  • Geriatric centres and residences
  • Drug and alcohol treatment centres
  • Schools and after-school programs
  • Mental health institutions
  • Women's and family centres
  • Community recreation centres
  • Religious organizations

Self-employment as a Family Life Educator is also a career option.

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