Family Theory and Research
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The family theory and research certificate prepares students for entry-level work in the human services industry, as well as employment requiring problem-solving and basic research skills. This certificate helps students obtain a theoretical understanding of family dynamics and to develop basic research skills.

This certificate is offered by BYU-Idaho, with support and resources from BYU-Pathway Worldwide.

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Potential Employment
When seeking employment within the field of family studies and human services these search terms may be helpful.

  • Social and human service assistant
  • Juvenile services
  • Childcare worker/teacher
  • Psychiatric technician
  • Case aide

Or, search for jobs requiring the skills obtained, such as problem solving, professional writing, and basic statistical analysis.

The family theory and research certificate emphasizes the development of employable skills, such as professional writing, problem-solving, synthesizing research, and basic data analysis. These skills can help students obtain employment in a variety of interpersonal settings, such as human and family services. The family theory and research certificate will also provide students with a broad understanding of family theory and dynamics.

BYU-Pathway has found that certain combinations of certificates lead to better job opportunities. Most degrees have a recommended plan of certificates that will help students increase their income and improve their employment possibilities.

Essential Knowledge and Skills


  • Create a theory-based plan for solving family problems.
  • Synthesize relevant research findings pertaining to marriage and family.
  • Perform basic statistical analysis.
  • Demonstrate theoretical knowledge concerning family dynamics.
Program Requirements
This certificate builds into the Marriage & Family Studies degree.
This is an advanced certificate. Prior to working on this certificate, you must complete the Family Relations and Family Services certificates.
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For questions about this program, contact BYU-Pathway Support