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)
- Social Work
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
Current WKU 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:
- Category of Study >>> Certificate
- Planned Course of Study >>> Family Home Visiting
- 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
- 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.