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Graduate Certificate in Family Life Coaching


This certificate prepares future, and strengthens current, professionals working within community-based youth and/or family organizations to work with parents, professionals and families in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their potential. Required courses are designed to strengthen the student’s understanding and application of critical aspects of family life coaching, including helping clients increase decision making skills, interpersonal effectiveness, and confidence. The tenets of coaching include awareness, purpose and passion, work/life balance, values, vision, intentions, accountability and asking powerful questions. Students will learn about the profession of life coaching as well as tools for implementing the tenets of coaching in family life and youth development settings. Please note that the certificate offers a foundation for coaching skill development but it is not an ICF Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) at this time.

Dr. Nichole L. Huff,
Director of Family Life and Youth Development Graduate Certificate Program
Phone: 919-515-9155
Delivery Method: Web-based/Online
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Career prospects
(What can I do with this program of study?)

Graduate certificate programs are an alternative to a full master’s degree. Our certificate programs are designed to prepare professionals to better serve in their roles as family life and parent educators and youth professionals.

(What will I learn?)

The certificate requires 12 credit hours:

  • FYD 535 Family Health and Well-being  (3 credits)
  • FYD 545 Family Communication and Coaching (3 credits)
  • FYD 559 Administration and Supervision of Youth and Family Programs  (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits; see list at departmental website)
Estimated Total Credit Hours Required: 12

Admissions requirements
(Is this the program for me? How do I apply?)

Applicants must meet one (1) of the three (3) following requirements to apply to a FYD graduate certificate program:

  • Be a graduate of an accredited four-year college or university, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 at the time of graduation,

  • Be a degree student in good standing in a NC State University graduate program, or
  • Have a master’s degree.

Plan of study
(How much time will it take?)

Four courses (12 credit hours) must be completed.

  • All certificate requirements must be completed within four calendar years, beginning with the date the student commences the first course toward the certificate.
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on all certificate course work.
  • The minimum grade to receive certificate credit is "C."
  • Students may take up to nine (9) credit hours of coursework as a Non-Degree Studies (NDS)/Post-Baccalaureate Studies (PBS) student before being accepted to the certificate program.
  • Transfer credit from other programs is not allowed.
  • Students must submit a Family and Youth Development Graduate Certificate Exit Form when all program requirements have been completed.

Registration information
(When can I start?)

Go to the Graduate School Admissions Web site to apply for admission to the graduate certificate program. Or, to register for courses as a non-degree student, click on "Apply & Enroll."

There is a $25 application fee to apply to the graduate certificate program. There are no deadlines for submitting applications for admittance to FYD graduate certificate programs; you can submit your application anytime.

Estimated Tuition and Fees
(How much will it cost?)

Tuition Level: Graduate (View more information about tuition)
Fees: Graduate ASG, Graduate Ed/Tech
Resident: $4,740.00
Non-resident: $9,228.00

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