Southeastern Family & Consumer Sciences program approved by national agency
Contact: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Family and Consumer Sciences program has been recognized by a national agency as an approved program to offer students the opportunity to become certified family life educators.
Southeastern’s program was approved by the National Council on Family Relations, which provides the only national certification program for family life educators, after a review of Southeastern’s curriculum, faculty and resources, said Holly Kihm, assistant professor and program coordinator. The program is offered through the Department of Counseling and Human Development in the College of Education and Human Development.
The approval means that students completing Southeastern’s program have met the academic requirements necessary to apply for certification as a family life educator.
“Certified family life educators work to help individuals and families function optimally through prevention, education and intervention programs,” Kihm said. “You’ll find them working in a variety of settings such as community centers, social service agencies, health care facilities and schools.”
She said students in Southeastern’s program complete an internship with various area non-profit organizations, hospitals and nursing school systems and other social service agencies.