Working with Military Families


This exciting certificate program pairs the courses and practical experience that prepare you to pursue a career working with military personnel and their families.



Program Description

Important complexities surround the dynamics of military families. Military personnel, veterans and their families face unique issues and challenges such as navigating military culture and dealing with multiple deployments, war, combat, trauma and death. Students interested in careers focusing on these families have a need to understand normative family processes, stress and coping, and military culture and leadership.

Students enrolled in this program take a unique combination of academic coursework and military leadership training. Students who complete the certificate program are conversant with human development, marital and familial relationships, and family dynamics in the context of military culture.


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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No





Program Requirements

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The certificate requires 18 credit hours. At least 12 credit hours must be completed at the upper-division level and a grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or higher is required in all courses.

Required Courses -- 15 credit hours

CDE 232: Human Development (SB) (3)

FAS 101: Personal Growth in Human Relationships (SB) (3)

FAS 331: Marriage and Family Relationships (SB) (3)

FAS 410: Military Family Systems in a Democracy (3)

MIS 301: Training Management and the Warfighting Functions (L) or AES 301: Air Force Leadership Studies I (L) (3-4)

Internship Requirement -- 3 credit hours

FAS 484: Internship (3)

Students are required to complete a capstone internship project that includes a fieldwork experience, a written integrative paper, and an oral presentation.

Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed to complete the requirements of this certificate.







Program Contact Information

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