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.
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,
United States students: A U.S. Federal Student Aid-eligible version of this program is offered. This version meets all U.S. regulations (such as no co-operative education or e-courses) for eligible programs.
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.
We consider complete applications year round and give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines.
March 1 is the deadline to apply for fall term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by February 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.
Late applications will be considered if places are still available. Please check program availability for the term, before you start your application.
November 1 is the deadline to apply for winter term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by September 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.
Not all programs are available for winter term entry. Please check program availability for the term, before you start your application.
We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.
After your degree
Graduates are encouraged to apply to the following types of employers:
Community and social service agencies
Support group and volunteer organizations
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
Self-employment as a Family Life Educator is also a career option.
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