Program structure

PROGRAM OPTIONS

The Family Life program offers an intensive 36 credit hour experience which can be completed within three years. One–week and required courses are offered each June and repeated in January with required pre– and post–study readings and projects. Six courses are face to face and six courses are online. Up to nine hours of equivalent graduate work taken at other accredited colleges or universities may be transferred.

All Family Life Ministry courses offered in the one-week workshop and intensive formats will require readings and/or projects prior to and after the on-campus portion and must be completed by the date established by the Graduate Studies Office.

Those interested in receiving Continuing Education Units and not graduate credit may enroll for the entire week(s) or any portion of the workshop(s).

The Family Life Ministry program with a concentration in Gerontology is an intensive 45 hour experience which can be completed in 3 years. One of the required Gerontology courses is held face to face, the other four courses are online. This masters program educates students about lifespan development, later life and their own place in an aging society. The program is designed to prepare students for ministry, service and careers in the aging services network (health, medicine, business, volunteer and professional ministries and caregiving services.)

PURPOSE

The Family Life Program strengthens lifespan family education for church workers and other professionals through advanced study of the changing nature of present-day families and those for decades to come.

OBJECTIVES

Students who complete the master of science in family life degree program will be able to:

  • Frame lifespan family education on the basis of theological perspectives
  • Apply a family science knowledge base and systems approach to issues and prevention through lifespan family education
  • Generate lifespan family education applications for children, adolescents and adults in the study of:

                 Human growth and development              Human sexuality
                 Internal dynamics family                         Parent education and guidance
                 Family resource management                 Families in society
                 Ethics                                                   Interpersonal relationships
                 Family law and public policy                   Family life education

  • Develop competencies of selection, assessment and applications in lifespan family education
  • Expand personal-professional competencies in the areas of critical thinking, reflection and application
  • Acquire skills in the processes of communication, decision-making and problem solving in the professional and personal domains of family and aging education
  • Build interaction skills, a caring capacity and spiritual nurturance for personal-professional intervention and prevention areas of family and aging education
  • Apply a Christian, multi-cultural, family strengths world view to all ages and stages of human development
  • Apply a Christian family strengths model as opposed to a world view of pathology and deteriorating family structure

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Master's degree in Family Life (36 hours)

  • FL 555 Lifespan Development (online) (3)
  • FL 585 Family Life Ministry (3)
  • FL 560 Professional Ethics (online) (3) 
  • FL 543 Theory and Dynamics of Family Relations (3)
  • FL 547 Family Law and Public Policy (online) (3)
  • FL 545 Foundations of Christian Marriage and Family Intervention (3) 
  • FL 546 Family Dysfunctions: Assessment and Intervention (online) (3) 
  • FL 544 Lifespan Family Education (online) (3)
  • FL 540 Family Resource Management: A Christian Framework (online) (3)
  • FL 533 Aging and the Family (3)
  • FL 583 Sexuality and the Family (3) 
  • FL 528 Parent Education (3)

Elective Course

  • EDUC 597 Internship for Nation Council on Family Relations (3)

EDUC 597 must be elected by students desiring certification by the National Council on Family Relations.

Master's degree in Family Life--Gerontology Concentration (45 hours)

  • FL 555 Lifespan Development (online) (3)
  • FL 585 Family Life Ministry (3) 
  • FL 560 Professional Ethics (online) (3)
  • FL 543 Theory and Dynamics of Family Relations (3) 
  • FL 547 Family Law and Public Policy (online) (3)
  • FL 545 Foundations of Christian Marriage and Family Intervention (3)
  • FL 546 Family Dysfunctions: Assessment and Intervention (online) (3)
  • FL 544 Lifespan Family Education (online) (3)
  • FL 540 Family Resource Management: A Christian Framework (online) (3)
  • FL 533 Aging and the Family (3)
  • FL 583 Sexuality and the Family (3)
  • GERO 504 Faith Development in Later Life (online) (3)
  • Electives in Gerontology (online or face-to-face) (6)

Elective Course

  • EDUC 597 Independent Study (3)                                                                   Practicum in Family Life (completed in an intergenerational setting)

EDUC 597 must be elected by students desiring certification by the National Council on Family Relations.