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Undergraduate Certificate in Family Home Visiting

Undergraduate Certificate in Family Home Visiting

The Family Home Visiting Certification (reference number 1701) is a unique certificate program at WKU! Few universities across the country offer this amazing educational opportunity. The Family Home Visiting Certificate prepares students to provide in-home services to families who are engaged in a variety of programs designed to strengthen the family, or assist a child with a specific need.  Select examples of home visits includes working with families:

  • At risk for child abuse and neglect
  • Who need additional parenting skills
  • Whose children are involved in First Steps
  • Who are adopting a child
  • Whose children attend Head Start

Home visiting occurs in a variety of fields such as:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Education (Elementary, Middle, and High School)
  • Nursing
  • Social Work
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Gerontology 

Current WKU Students

New Students

Minimum requirements for acceptance into an undergraduate certificate program are:

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Application and Fee: Students seeking a certificate program must submit an online application with Undergraduate Admissions.  The completed form must be submitted along with a one-time application fee of $45.00 (non-refundable).
  • Transcript Record: Graduates/Transfers of accredited institutions other than WKU must submit an official transcript from that institution.

Admission Process for New Students

Starting your certificate program can be completed by following the steps below. Please note: These steps should be completed ONLY by those who wish to earn the certificate as a stand-alone credential. If you plan to earn an associate degree or bachelor's, please follow the application process for that degree and submit the certificate program form to your advisor

  • Apply for admission 
  • Submit Required Materials:
    • Beginning Freshmen: An  official  high school transcript (no faxed transcripts accepted)  and  ACT or SAT scores. Students over the age of 21 may substitute the ACCUPLACER for ACT/SAT.
    • Transfer Students: Send your official transcripts from each college attended to Undergraduate Admissions. You may request electronic transcripts through the National Student Clearinghouse. This speeds up the admissions process considerably. If your school is not listed with the Clearinghouse, please contact them directly to see if they have another process in place for electronic submissions or request that an official copy be sent by mail. Transfer students with fewer than 24 semester hours of college credit earned, must also submit high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores.

To apply to WKU and earn this certificate:

Complete the WKU Domestic and International Undergraduate Application

Under Planned Course of Study Section, if you are not enrolling in any other program, choose:

  1. Category of Study >>> Certificate
  2. Planned Course of Study >>> Family Home Visiting
  3. Primary Location >>> Web (online)

Admission Application Deadlines

Kentucky and Out-of-State Residents

  • Fall Semester: August 1
  • Spring Semester: January 1
  • Summer Term: May 1

International Students

  • Fall Semester: April 1
  • Spring Semester: September 1
  • Summer Term: March 1

The following courses are required. Students must earn a grade of “C” or above in all required courses for this certificate:

  • FACS 395 Child and Family Stress (offered online Spring, Summer, and through On-Demand)
  • FACS 494 Parenting Strategies (offered face to face in Fall, online Winter, Spring, Summer and through On-Demand)
  • FACS 497 Family Home Visiting (offered face to face in Fall, online Winter, Spring, Summer and through On-Demand)
  • Plus, 3 hours of electives chosen in consultation with departmental advisor.
    • The elective is chosen after a discussion between Dr. Darbi Haynes-Lawrence (Family Home Visiting Certificate advisor) and the student.  Some electives within Family & Consumer Sciences include, but are not limited to:

      • FACS 311 Family Relations
      • FACS 312 Professional Ethics in Family Life (Spring, online)
      • FACS 391 Risk & Resilience (online; Fall only)
      • FACS 393 Play and Child Development (online; Fall only)
      • FACS 422 Adolescent Development (Spring, online)
      • FACS 495 Family & Relationship Violence (Face to face Fall; online Spring)
      • FACS 496 Challenging Behaviors (online; Fall only)

Department Contact

Program Advisor: Dr. Darbi Haynes-Lawrence
 (270) 745-4352
Email: darbi.haynes-lawrence@wku.edu
Visit: Family Home Visiting Website

WKU Online

Phone: (270) 745-5173
Email: learn.online@wku.edu
Toll-Free: 888-4WKUWEB / 888-495-8932


For more information about the cost of the program, average time to complete the program, and other important information, please visit this website.

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 Last Modified 4/18/18