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Family Life: Human Development
Program Requirements

The School of Family Life requires a minimum of 18 hours of upper-division major coursework to be taken in residency at BYU for this degree program. (This requirement includes taking at least 12 hours minimum of the human development core in residency at BYU.) These hours may also go toward BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation.

There are two tracks in the Human Development program: Human Development and Biological Foundations. The Biological Foundations track is designed to assist students who are heading to careers involving health and medicine.

For information on specific courses view the course catalog at https://catalog.byu.edu/


Family Life: Family Studies
Program Requirements

The School of Family Life requires a minimum of 18 hours of SFL upper-division coursework to be taken in residency at BYU for this degree program. These hours may also go toward BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation. Students who do not plan to pursue a graduate program beyond the bachelor's degree should take other courses that will enhance their employment opportunities. Consult a faculty advisor or your academic advisor for suggested minors, majors, and skills. Students are encouraged to take student development courses related to career planning in their junior or senior year.


There are two tracks in the Family Studies program: Family Studies and Family Services. The Family Services track is designed to assist students who are heading to human services careers, such as social work.

For information on specific courses view the course catalog at https://catalog.byu.edu/


Family Life: Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Program Requirements

At least 18 hours of major credit must be taken in residency at BYU.

For students accepted into the major after August 1, 2014, grades below C in any required coursework in a teaching major or teaching minor will not be accepted. Teacher candidates must maintain a total GPA of 3.0 or higher throughout the program and to qualify for student teaching. For details on admission and retention requirements for teaching majors and teaching minors, see Educator Preparation Program (EPP) Requirements in the undergraduate catalog.

Students must request to be added to the pre-teaching major initially. Upon completing some basic requirements, they will be eligible to apply for the teaching major.

Students must complete SFL 276R prior to applying for the teaching major.

For more information view


Family Life Minor

Program Requirements

This minor is intended for non-School of Family Life majors only.

The School of Family Life requires a minimum of nine hours to be taken in residence at BYU and from the School of Family Life for this degree program. These hours may also go toward BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation.

For more information view the Course Catalog here.


Gerontology Minor

Program Requirements

The Gerontology Minor requires 15 credit hours of undergraduate work. 12 of these credits must be core and elective courses from the Gerontology Minor curriculum. These courses double-count for this minor if they are also required by the student’s major or another minor. The remaining 3 credits must be either an internship experience off campus, or a mentored research project on campus. The internship or research project needs to focus on adults over 50 or issues relating to adults over 50.

For more information view the Course Catalog here.

Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE)

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) administers an internationally recognized credential - the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). BYU is one of over 130 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada that offer degree programs that have been approved as meeting the criteria for the provisional CFLE credential. After completion of required coursework, graduating students may apply for provisional certification, which designation can be used in resumes and on business cards. After requisite work experience is accumulated, provisional CFLEs can apply for full CFLE status. Check out the links below.

The CFLE Application Checklist

This checklist contains the School of Family Life courses that are required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). Students must complete all the course on the checklist in order to apply for the provisional CFLE.

https://www.ncfr.org/sites/default/files/2017-10/Brigham_Young_U_Undergrad_Checklist_2017.pdf

CFLE Certification Page

Here's a link to "all things CFLE." Learn more about family life education and find specifics about CFLE and the certification process.

https://www.ncfr.org/cfle-certification

Become Certified

Get information about requirements and benefits, provisional and full certification. and watch a video about family life education and becoming a CFLE.

https://www.ncfr.org/cfle-certification/become-certified

SFL CFLE Advisor

If you have additional questions, contact Dr. Stephen Duncan, CFLE Advisor, 2077 JFSB, 801-422-1796, sduncan@byu.edu.

Internships provide students with a capstone opportunity to integrate theory, research, and practice through actual field experience.

Who can do an internship?

Students who have junior or senior status; have completed SFL 101, SFL 160, SFL 210; completion or concurrent enrollment in at least 9 hours of SFL 300-400 level courses. You must have a minimum 2.30 cumulative grade point average and be in good honor code and academic standing at BYU.

How do I obtain an internship?

  1. Identify a potential internship site. You are responsible for securing an internship but it must be approved in advance of the experience.
    • Karen Christensen (Karen@byu.edu; 801-422-3697) in the Family and Social Services Internship office (http://fssinternships.byu.edu/) located at 945 KMBL can help identify potential internship sites that meet the requirements of the School of Family Life.
    • You will be able to search the Internship database in her office for potential internship sites.
  2. Once you have secured a potential internship please click on the following link http://fssinternships.byu.edu/Application/application.aspx to start the approval process.
  3. You will be notified via e-mail when your internship is approved by the School of Family Life. Your e-mail will provide further instructions regarding what you need to do to receive university approval. This involves filling out an additional form.
  4. Finally, you will register for SFL 399R. The number of credits you sign up for will be based on the credit hours to number of work hours ratio. See Internship Academic Requirements page to review the credit to work hour requirements.
  • Please Note: SFL 399R is an online class with coursework that you will complete in conjunction with your internship. You will be required to pay tuition for the number of credits you register for. Once you are registered and have Learning Suite access, you will be able to review the syllabus.

Why do an internship?

  • It enhances your career opportunities and performance
  • It can provide a potential job post-internship
  • It benefits your own family
  • It is a great learning experience

Can I get a grant?

Current undergraduate students who are declared majors in the School of Family Life (SFL) may apply for an internship grant. Individual grants are available each academic semester (Fall, Winter, and Spring-Summer) during the 2019-20 academic year. For more information on applying for a grant click the grant tab above.

Have an internship to offer?

Companies, non-profit organizations, and agencies that wish to have interns from the School of Family Life should contact Karen Christensen (801-422-3697 or karen_christensen@byu.edu) for more information.

School of Family Life Scholarship Application for 2020-2021


Instructions:

  • Click on the link to download a fillable PDF of the scholarship application. SFL Scholarship Application 2020-2021
  • We recommend that you write your essays using word processing software (not in the application). When your responses are exactly the way you want them, copy and paste them into the application.
  • Once your application is complete, save a copy of the pdf using the save as option before trying to print. Be sure you rename the file.
  • You MUST print your application in order to submit it.
  • Submit applications in the SFL Office in 2086 JFSB.
  • Applications need to be submitted by Friday, March 20, 2020 by 5:00 PM.

All applicants will be notified whether or not they were awarded a scholarship and the amount of that scholarship in May/June 2020 time frame.

SFL Internship Grants

Current undergraduate students who are declared majors in the School of Family Life (SFL) may apply for an internship grant. Individual grants are available each academic semester (Fall, Winter, and Spring-Summer) during 2019. These are competitive awards based on financial need, the quality of the internship, and the degree to which the internship helps support the applicant’s academic and career goals. Applicants must be in good academic and Honor Code standing with the university at the time of application to be considered for a grant. Students involved in field study experiences that are part of research in collaboration with or under the direction of a member of the faculty are not eligible for an internship grant. Students who have previously received an internship grant from the School of Family Life, or from the Fulton or Hinckley chairs may apply for an additional grant. However, these applicants are less likely to be funded. will only be considered for a reduced award and may not be funded at all.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester 2020 – October 1 by 12 Midnight
Winter Semester 2021 – March 1 by Midnight
Spring/Summer 2021 – June 1 by 12 Midnight

Grant Criteria

1. You must be a declared SFL major. SFL minors will not be considered.

2. You must have been accepted for an internship before a grant can be awarded. However, you can apply for the grant while waiting for confirmation you have received the position from the internship provider.

3. The SFL internship coordinator must endorse the internship (see internship coordinator evaluation paragraph below), certifying that it will qualify for internship credit from your major department. Applications without this endorsement will not be considered.

4. You must register for internship credit from the SFL during the period of the internship.

5. You must be in good Honor Code and academic standing at the time you apply for the grant and during the internship.

6. You must complete the required report (see below) after completing the internship.

Internship Coordinator Evaluation

You must meet with the SFL internship coordinator before completing the online internship application. The internship coordinator will evaluate the quality of the internship and how the internship will contribute to your career and academic goals.Grant applications without the internship coordinator evaluation/endorsement will not be considered.

Applying for the Grant

This is a competitive application with limited funds; not everyone who applies will receive an award. Thus, it is very important for you to make a case in your application for how your internship and financial need fit the criteria stated in the first paragraph above. All fields in the online form must be completed. Incomplete, missing or inaccurate information may cause your application to be rejected. Poorly written statements will also keep your application from serious consideration. Be certain to proofread your application, and make sure you have obtained approval from the SFL intern coordinator about the internship and the grant before submitting the application. Otherwise, your application will not be considered.

To submit a grant application for a Fall 2020 internship click here:
https://ibyu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bJJUf5zuXUGREQ5

To submit a grant application for a Winter 2021 internship click here:
https://ibyu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a5brz0jqVMtuYAJ

To submit a grant application for a Spring/Summer 2021 internship click here:
https://ibyu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cV1op29BU2prk2N

Receiving an Internship Grant

Approximately a month after the application deadline you will receive an email from the SFL Office notifying you whether or not you have received an award. If you receive one, the funds will be credited to your University account during the semester in which you begin the internship. You must complete the internship designated on your application and be enrolled for internship course credit during the period of the internship.

If your plans change or you do not receive the internship, immediately contact the main SFL office at sfl@byu.edu