Certificate Description

Certificate in Marriage and Family Enrichment

The Certificate in Marriage and Family Enrichment (CMFE) emphasizes non-clinical training in the educational task of preventive family enrichment. The abbreviated curriculum can serve as an entry-level introduction to the field for students who are interested in couples and family ministries, but cannot study full-time or are not seeking a terminal degree. For those already involved in ministry, the certificate offers an opportunity to enhance one's knowledge and skills while obtaining an added credential.

The CMFE requires the successful completion of 24 quarter units, and a typical class constitutes 4 units. The program is designed for part-time study at the main campus in Pasadena. This program is available for U.S. citizens and permanent residents only due to the limited availability of courses for each academic year.

Curriculum (24 units)


These two courses are required:

FL502 Parent Education and Guidance

FL504 Marriage and Interpersonal Relationships


Choose one of the following three courses:

CF532 Introduction to Family Ministry

CN547 Enriching Korean Families

FL501 Family Life Education

Family Systems

Choose one of the following two courses:

CN504 Family Therapy and Pastoral Counseling

FS500 Family Systems Dynamics


Choose one of the following three courses:

CF530 Christian Formation of Children

CF560 Adult Formation and Discipleship

FS505 Child and Family Development


Choose one of the following five courses:

CN506 Conflict and Conciliation

CN538 The Changing Family

CN560 Pastoral Counseling Across Cultures

FS529 Ministry Issues in Gender and Human Sexuality

FS511 Cultural and Ethnic Issues in Marital and Family Intervention


Students who complete this curriculum in good academic standing will be awarded a Certificate in Marriage and Family Enrichment. Depending on the courses chosen, they may also meet partial academic requirements of the National Council on Family Relations for their certification program in family life education. Students who are later admitted to a degree program may be able to apply courses completed for the Certificate toward a non-clinical degree program for credit, whether in the SOP or SOT (if appropriate to the curriculum, and subject to certain degree requirements, such as residency or distance learning limits). Such students and those already admitted to a degree program must complete the 24 units required for the Certificate in addition to the degree requirements in order for the Certificate to be awarded. No part of the 24 units of the Certificate may overlap with the degree program.

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