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Undergraduate Certificate in Family Home Visiting

Undergraduate Certificate in Family Home Visiting

The Family Home Visiting Certification 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

The minimum requirements for acceptance are as follows:

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Application and Fee
  • Official copy of Transcript(s) if applicable

To apply to WKU and earn this certificate as a standalone credential:

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 Certificate
  3. Primary Location >>> Web (online)

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

Helpful Tips to Complete the Admission Application

The Family Home Visiting certificate requires 12 semester hours. Students must earn a grade of “C” or above in all required courses for this certificate.

Below is a list of program requirements and the semester in which the courses may be available via web through WKU Online, which refers to semester-based online courses or self-paced through On Demand.

Required Courses (9 hours)

FACS 395

Child and Family Stress (spring and summer)

FACS 494

Parenting Strategies (winter, spring, and summer)

FACS 497

Family Home Visiting (winter, spring, and summer)

The 3 hours elective is chosen after a discussion between Dr. Darbi Haynes-Lawrence, Family Home Visiting Certificate advisor, and the student.  

Electives within Family and Consumer Sciences include, but are not limited to:

FACS 311

Family Relations (fall, spring, and summer)

FACS 312

Professional Ethics for Family Life (spring)

FACS 391

Risk and Resilience (fall)

FACS 393

Role of Play in Child Development (fall and summer)

FACS 422

Adolescent Psychology (spring)

FACS 495

Family and Relationship Violence (fall, spring, and summer)

FACS 496

Addressing Challenging Behavior in Young Children (fall)


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 9/4/20