UNT Dallas School of Human Services

The University of North Texas at Dallas’ Child Development and Family Studies (CDFS) program earned a distinguished designation from the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) that will benefit graduates by allowing them to bypass a time-intensive and costly certification exam.

The program received the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation. Students will receive the CFLE credential, which qualifies graduates to complete a CFLE-approved program application over taking the CFLE exam.

“Accomplishing this distinguished certification is another great milestone for the School of Human Services, and particularly for the students in the CDFS program,” said Dr. Constance Lacy, UNT Dallas Dean of the School of Human Services. “Having the National Council on Family Relations certification means that students experience a well-developed curriculum that aligns with the national standards; students obtain an additional credential, as Certified Family Life Educators along with the Bachelor’s degree.

“This is a great example of how we are empowering our students and transforming lives, so that they are effective in strengthening their communities. Congratulations to Dr. Nedra Washington and Dr. Shelia Lumar for their dedicated efforts to move the CDFS program forward with this credential.”

The CFLE designation recognizes a broad, comprehensive range of issues constituting family life education. The NCFR’s current CFLE’s work in a variety of settings including service agencies, mental health centers, colleges and universities, community education, secondary and elementary schools, military family support centers, corporations, family planning agencies, hospitals, day care centers, faith-based organizations, education departments and private practice.

“The Child Development and Family Studies (CDFS) program is one of the most highly regarded disciplines at the University of North Texas at Dallas and throughout the country,” Dr. Washington said. “The CDFS program provides an opportunity for our students to become academically prepared in both the child and family discipline.  

“Obtaining the certification for Family Life Education and the Certified Family Life Educator credential is advantageous to our students and allows them to embark upon a number of diverse career opportunities. Our students are twice as marketable having both child and family education.”