Coursework Required for a Certificate in Christian Family Studies

Eighteen semester hours of coursework as follows:

BUS 223 Personal and Family Finance (3)

EDUC 345 Child Growth and Development (3)

EDUC 346 Teaching in the Christian Home (3)

HPRO 114 Health and Wellness (3)

NUTR 207 Introductory Nutrition (3).

THL 342 Christian Marriage and Family (3)

To the right is a list of those courses that a student must complete for a Certificate in Christian Family Studies. This certificate normally requires one academic year (two semesters) to complete on a part-time basis (see Suggested Schedule). Those who plan to complete the certificate over two or more years can take one or two courses a semester. These courses are not available in the summer session.

Program Purpose

The purpose of this certificate program is to provide relevant, effective education and support encouraging an optimal environment for successful Christian marriage, parenting and family life.

Program Objectives

On successful completion of this program, a student should be able to:

  • Identify and demonstrate knowledge of major areas of child growth and development and effective Christian parenting;
  • Explain and demonstrate a basic knowledge of the issues and challenges in home schooling;
  • Demonstrate a cursory understanding of and basic skill set related to: healthy decision-making, consumer health education, healthy weight management, and other skills which will enable them to make health-enhancing choices and engage in health-enhancing activities to improve their quality of life;
  • Identify the components of a healthy diet and evaluate his or her own diet;
  • Develop a personal financial plan; and
  • Explain examined theories related to marriage and family, summarize factors involved in mate selection and readiness for marriage, and articulate principles of establishing and maintaining healthy family relationships.

Program Prerequisite

This program is open only to regular (matriculated) students.

Program Requirements

For graduation, a student must have completed a minimum of 18 semester hours consisting of BUS 223, EDUC 345, EDUC 346HPRO 114, NUTR 207, and THL 342. with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in the 18 semester hours applicable to the certificate. A student can not apply more than 15 semester hours credit to a certificate when earned through the Open Learning Program. Generally, it is best for one to apply for admission as a regular (matriculated) student upon deciding on a specific certificate, diploma or degree. See Applying for Online Study or Applying for On-Campus Study.

Program Advisement

Each student entering the Certificate in Christian Family Studies program has an assigned adviser who will be available for program advisement and career information. An adviser helps a student create a workable plan to meet his or her educational objectives within a reasonable time period.

Application for Graduation

For the conferring of the certificate students should apply for graduation in the semester they plan to graduate. An Application for Graduation must be filed with the Registrar by midterm for graduation that semester.