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Grow Your Expertise as a Family Life Educator

If your call is to cultivate emotionally healthy families, couples, or individuals through education—either within or outside of a church context—the MA in Family Studies (MAFS) will help you teach, lead, or coach in non-clinical settings.

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LEADERSHIP FORMATION

Learn and practice the crucial instructional skills needed to nurture relationships, so you can teach with greater competence and confidence in a variety of settings

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INTEGRATED DEPTH

Studying with faculty who are respected practitioners and scholars, you will integrate theological and psychological concepts to strengthen your expertise and make an impact on families

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FLEXIBLE, PRACTICAL APPLICATION

Shorter than our MSMFT program, the MAFS gives you practical concepts you can apply as you learn them, while a flexible curriculum allows you to focus on the topics that interest you

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PREPARATION FOR CERTIFICATION

The MAFS can be designed to meet the educational requirements for the Certified Family Life Educator credential as administered by the National Council on Family Relations

Degree Outline (80 quarter units)

FAMILY STUDIES (24 units)

Build your expertise

  • Family Life Education
  • Parent Education and Guidance
  • Marriage and Interpersonal Relationships
  • Family Systems Dynamics
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Child and Family Development

SEMINARY CORE (24 units)

Deepen your theological understanding

  • New Testament Introduction
  • Old Testament Introduction
  • Modern Church History
  • Christian Ethics
  • Church and Mission in a Global Context
  • Doing Theology in Global Contexts

ELECTIVES (32 units)

Choose to focus in such areas as these:

  • Family Life Educator Certification
  • Youth and Culture
  • Recovery Ministry
  • Children at Risk
  • Asian American Contexts
  • Biblical Studies

EQUIPPED TO HELP FAMILIES

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The MAFS program gave me access to brilliant yet humble professors who exposed me to top research, challenged me to think theologically, and expanded my worldview. I came away with the knowledge, tools and credibility I needed to equip and empower couples and families for healthy relationships in non-clinical settings.

Kelly Sun (MAFS ’14)

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The MAFS’s Family Life Education track, coupled with an emphasis in Recovery Ministry, have allowed me to pursue my passion to educate and empower others whose lives have been affected by addiction and abuse. Fuller gave me a deeper theology to undergird my work with preventative education and healing.

Kaye Schneider (MAFS ’14)

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With the preparation we received through the MAFS, a colleague and I developed curriculum for a series of premarital and marriage-strengthening workshops we now lead regularly. The program deepened my love for God's Word as well as broadening my understanding of cultural factors affecting healthy relationships. I would highly recommend it!

Susan Loomis (MAFS ’12)

LEARN FROM THE EXPERTS

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Cameron Lee

Professor of Marriage and Family Studies

Dr. Lee, who has taught as a faculty member in Fuller’s Marriage and Family program for nearly 30 years, is a Certified Family Life Educator, licensed Family Wellness Trainer, and member of the National Council on Family Relations. He has written extensively in the areas of marriage, family, and ministry. A teaching pastor and licensed minister, he also preaches and teaches regularly on relationship issues in church settings.

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Benjamin Houltberg

Assistant Professor of Human Development

Dr. Houltberg’s research focuses on the interaction of family, parental, and other influences on youth development, the ways family socialization processes shape behavior, and the role of emotion regulation in spiritual and identity formation in youth. He emphasizes practical application in his research and teaching, identifying informed approaches that promote positive social and emotional development.

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Pamela Ebstyne King

Peter L. Benson Associate Professor of Applied Developmental Science

Dr. King’s expertise centers in applied research at the intersection of human thriving and spiritual development. Having extensively studied and written about positive youth development, she combines theology, empirical research, and community engagement to explore what contexts and settings enable youth to thrive. She has led high school and college ministries and regularly speaks and consults for various community organizations and churches.

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