Free Online Marriage and Family Courses from Top Universities

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Utah State University, Johns Hopkins University and Brigham Young University are just some of the universities that offer free online marriage and family courses covering a broad range of topics including dating advice, genealogical research and parenting techniques. These programs are available as audio and video lectures, in addition to outlines, text-based courses and take-home exams.
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Free Marriage and Family Courses

Free marriage and family courses are offered from a few universities with even more options for course topics. Areas covered include marriage, parenting, family planning, children's rights, and intellectual development.

Utah State University

Marriage and family relationships will be discussed via one of the free online courses offered at Utah State University. Topics will cover finances, sexual relationships, and communication. The course in positive parenting consists of audio and video clips on things like principles of behavior, proactive responding, and building self-esteem.

Johns Hopkins University

The family planning course at Johns Hopkins will discuss subjects like fertility, abortion, contraceptive services, health programs, and population policy. Lecture materials include PDF files.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT offers a course on the American family. Required books for the course include The Way We Really Are: Coming to Terms with America's Changing Families and The Family Experience: A Reader in Cultural Diversity, 4th Edition. Lecture notes cover topics like the origin of the family, sexuality, parenting, marriage, and family violence. Final exam study questions are offered in PDF format.

Open University

Open University provides courses in sexuality, parenthood, and children's rights. Topics include fertility, social policy, and what role a child plays in modern society.

Tufts University

Tufts University hosts a courses in positive development intellectual development. These courses include take-home exams and required readings from texts like The scientist in the crib and Mind in society, by L. Vygotsky.

Brigham Young University

BYU offers courses on things like family history, family records, military records, and dating. Students can sign up for these classes with their email in order to begin the course.

Free Online Marriage and Family Courses At a Glance

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
Marriage and Family Relationships course from Utah State University Unspecified Text No No Yes
Family Finance course from Utah State University Unspecified Texts/external reading resources Yes No Yes
Power of Positive Parenting course from Utah State University Unspecified Texts/audio and video lectures/external reading resources No No Yes
Family Planning Policies and Programs course from Johns Hopkins University Unspecified Lecture notes/slide presentations/external reading resources Yes No Yes
Adolescent Health and Development course from Johns Hopkins University Unspecified Texts/lecture materials Yes Yes Yes
The Contemporary American Family course from MIT Undergraduate Texts/lecture notes Yes Yes Yes
Working Together for Children: Stirling course from Open University Advanced Text Yes No Yes
Sexuality, Parenthood and Population course from Open University Advanced Text Yes No Yes
Children's Rights course from Open University Intermediate Text Yes No Yes
Promoting Positive Development Among Youth course from Tufts University Unspecified Lecture text/slides/class presentations Yes Yes Yes
Intellectual Development course from Tufts University Unspecified Texts/seminar notes/projects Yes Yes Yes
Introduction to Family History Research course from Brigham Young University Unspecified Text Yes No Yes
Helping Children Love Your Family History course from Brigham Young University Unspecified Text Yes No Yes
Family Records course from Brigham Young University Unspecified Text/video Yes No Yes
Vital Records course from Brigham Young University Unspecified Text/video Yes No Yes
Military Records course from Brigham Young University Unspecified Text/outline Yes Yes Yes
Building a Functional Family course from Brigham Young University Unspecified Text/outline Yes No Yes
Dating: Romance and Reason course from Brigham Young University Unspecified Text/external reading resources Yes No Yes

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
      • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
    Master's
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Family Dynamics
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Grief and Bereavement
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Prevention
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Community Mental Health Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Walden University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PhD in Clinical Psychology - General
      • PhD in Clinical Psychology - Health Psychology
      • PhD in Clinical Psychology - Teaching Psychology
      • PhD in Clinical Psychology - Forensic Psychology
      • PhD in Clinical Psychology - Industrial & Organizational Psychology
      • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Criminal Justice
    Master's
      • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Addiction Counseling
      • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Forensic Counseling
      • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - General Program
      • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Military Families & Culture
      • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Trauma & Crisis Counseling
      • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Regent University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Marriage & Family Ministry
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Grief Counseling
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Human Services Counseling
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - International
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Research Concentration
    Master's
      • M.A. in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling
      • M.S. in General Psychology - Marriage & Family
      • M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
      • M.S. in General Psychology
      • Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling
      • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Coaching and Mentoring
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Psychology - Clinical and Counseling Psychology
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy - Therapy with Military Families
      • PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy - General
      • DMFT - Child & Adolescent Therapy
      • DMFT - Couple Therapy
      • DMFT - General Family Therapy
      • PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy - Couple Therapy
  • Online Programs Available
    5. New England College

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA in Psychology/Marriage Therapy and Family Counseling
      • BA in Psychology/Clinical Psychology
      • BA in Psychology/Addiction and Substance Abuse
      • BA in Psychology/Forensic Psychology
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master: Psychology/Applied Behavioral Analysis
      • Master: Psychology/Addictions
      • MS in Nursing
      • MS in Educational Psychology
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Psychology in Addictions
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Addictions
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Davenport University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Medical Case Management, BS
    Certificate
      • Medical Case Management Certificate, PB
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA: Psychology - Clinical/Counseling
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Post University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Human Services / Counseling

Featured Schools

The schools and programs listed below are popular educational options, and tuition varies based on program and location

Grand Canyon University

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
  • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Family Dynamics
  • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Grief and Bereavement

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Walden University

  • PhD in Clinical Psychology - General
  • PhD in Clinical Psychology - Health Psychology
  • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Addiction Counseling
  • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Forensic Counseling

What is your highest level of education completed?

Regent University

  • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Marriage & Family Ministry
  • M.A. in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology - Clinical and Counseling Psychology

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Northcentral University

  • PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy - Therapy with Military Families
  • PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy - General
  • DMFT - Child & Adolescent Therapy

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New England College

  • BA in Psychology/Marriage Therapy and Family Counseling
  • BA in Psychology/Clinical Psychology
  • BA in Psychology/Addiction and Substance Abuse

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Purdue University Global

  • Master: Psychology/Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • BS in Psychology in Addictions
  • Graduate Certificate in Addictions

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Davenport University

  • Medical Case Management, BS
  • Medical Case Management Certificate, PB

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Saint Leo University

  • BA: Psychology - Clinical/Counseling

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