Thursday, February 5, 2009

NCFR Certification

NEWS: Roanoke Bible College

For Immediate Release
January 16, 2009
CONTACT: Kevin W. Larsen, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Roanoke Bible College, Elizabeth City, NC

Certification Approval Granted by National Council for Family Relations to Roanoke Bible College

The National Council on Family Relations ( recently approved Roanoke Bible College, Elizabeth City, NC, as an approved institution for students desiring to be certified as Family Life Educators. Dr. Kevin Larsen, Vice President for Academic Affairs, said, "RBC is pleased to be joining an elite group of schools that have been granted such approval by the Council." In the two-state region of North Carolina and Virginia, only East Carolina University and Virginia Tech are recognized by NCFR as approved institutions.

NCFR is the only international program that certifies Family Life Educators. Family life education includes knowledge about how families interact and affect members in positive and negative manners; the inter-relationship of the family and society; human growth and development throughout the life span; both the physiological and psychological aspects of human sexuality; the impact of money and time management on daily life; the importance and value of education for parenting; the effects of policy and legislation on families; ethical considerations in professional conduct; and a solid understanding and knowledge of how to work with, teach and/or develop curriculum for sensitive areas dealing with personal issues.

Family Life Educator certification prepares students to apply a family–systems, preventative, and educational approach for individual and family issues. Certification demonstrates training in each of the ten family life content areas designated by NCFR for Family Life Certification. Students pursuing this certification qualify for provisional licensure, abbreviated application process and reduced application fees.

Family life educators work in a variety of settings. They bring comprehensive family training to numerous employment sectors and job settings providing crucial training for the local church and community. Often, CFLEs work in the following venues:

  • Practice – teaching, education, research/scholarship, program or curricula development

  • Administration – leadership or management, organizing, coordinating

  • Promotion - public policy, fundraising, lobbying, advocating for system change and awareness.

  • Roanoke Bible College is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The College is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education.

    Questions about Certified Family Life Educator certification may be directed to Dr. Ken Greene, Vice President for Student Life and Professor of Family Life Ministry, or 252-334-2019.

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