Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do with a degree in Family Studies?

UNK Family Studies Graduates are employed in Diverse Settings... An important part of the Family Studies curriculum is the Internship experience. Students are required to work under supervision within an agency or program serving children and/or families for 120 hours. Many of these internships become first-time career placements.

Love working with infants and young children..
Family Studies graduates look for positions in areas such as Pre-natal, Neo-natal, and infancy educational programs in hospitals and service agencies. Program administration in Headstart, adoption agencies, grant-funded childhood programs, and community settings are possibilities. With additional training and certification, our students find positions in lactation consulting, childbirth support, and child advocacy.

Want to work with school-age children?
Before and after school program administration is a growing need in many communities. YMCA and youth recreation programs provide opportunities to support, coach, and teach young children healthful living skills. Child advocacy and protective services within legal settings require the special training our students receive in child development and family relations.

Intrigued by Adolescents?
Family Studies professionals are always welcome in programs focusing on healthful teen living, assisting and mentoring troubled teens, and community youth services. There are also opportunities to work within youth ministry settings.

Enjoy working with Families?
Foster care training and placement. Providing financial and budget skills. Crisis program administration. Intergenerational support programs. Connecting families in need with resources and service agencies. The possibilities are as diverse as you can imagine and as fulfilling as you could hope.

Internship Placements

  • Family Advocacy Network
  • Family Resource Council
  • Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska
  • Good Samaritan Health Systems - Family Services
  • Richard Young Hospital
  • S.A.F.E. Center
  • Campfire USA - Rural Program - Alaska
  • Campus House
  • Kearney Family YMCA
  • South Central Behavioral Services
  • Life Choices Pregnancy Center
  • Make-a-Wish Foundation
  • Central Mediation Center
  • Christian Heritage Children's Home
  • Girls & Boys Town
  • Bethphage-Mosaic
  • H.H.S. Child Protective Services

Where do I look for positions with my degree in Family Studies?

Certified Family Life Educator works for service organizations, government agencies or private business.

  • Career Vocational Counselor counsels persons in areas of career planning and opportunities.
  • Health Educator/Counselor provides public information.
  • Personnel Administrator works with employee relations.
  • Director of Volunteer Services is responsible for recruiting, supervising, training and evaluating volunteers in settings such as hospitals, crisis centers and non-profit organizations.
  • Case Manager for Service Agencies such as Area Agency on Aging and Health & Human Services including Child Welfare.
  • Child Guidance Counselor educates parents, children groups and court-mandated individuals.
  • Daycare Center Supervisor coordinates activities of preschool children and works with parents (Head Start).
  • Family Caseworker counsels and aids individuals and families requiring social service assistance.
  • Recreation Worker plans and supervises community recreation facilities.
  • Community Relations Liaison works either for business or government in promoting good relations with the local community such as hospitals, local and state agencies.
  • Planned Parenthood/Family Planning organizations working with individuals or families in areas of planned parenthood, financial issues and family dynamics.
  • Private Practice Case Manager assesses and arranges the management of services for elderly persons either as a director or supervisor of a Care Management staff.
  • Case Manager for Financial Institutions assists elderly persons with services, particularly in banking, insurance, investment, real estate, and social security.
  • Case Manager for Medical or Related Health Care Facilities assists elderly persons with services, particularly in admissions, assisted care, home health/nursing care, physicians’ services and HMO’s.

What is Family Life Education?

Family Life Education provides the skills and knowledge to enrich individual and family life. It includes knowledge about how families work; the interrelationship of families and society; human growth and development throughout the life span; the physiological and psychological aspects of human sexuality; the impact of money and time management on daily family life; the importance and value of parent education; the effects of policy and legislation on families; ethical considerations in professional conduct; and a solid understanding and knowledge of how to teach and/or develop curriculum for what are often sensitive and personal issues.

Why Become a Certified Family Life Educator?

Certification recognizes a proven background and understanding in each of ten family life substance areas. While CFLEs may work specifically in one discipline, such as parent education or marriage enrichment, their understanding of the many areas that affect today's families enables them to be more effective in their efforts to educate and work with individuals and families. The Certified Family Life Educator designation recognizes the educational, preventative, and enriching nature of their work.

Benefits of Certification

  • Increases credibility as a professional by showing that the high standards and criteria needed to provide quality family life education have been met.
  • Validates experience and education
  • Adds credibility to the field of family life education by defining standards and criteria needed to provide quality family life education
  • Recognizes the broad, comprehensive range of issues, which constitute family life education and expertise in the field
  • Acknowledges the preventative focus of family life education
  • Provides avenues for networking with other family life educators both locally and nationally
  • Free subscription to a special CFLE listserv
  • Quarterly newsletter and a Directory of Certified Family Life Educators
  • Copy of "Tools for Ethical Thinking and Practice in Family Life Education"

Information regarding the CFLE obtained from the website for NCFR at