Funeral Directing, Certificate of Specialization

Forest Park and Online

This program prepares the student for licensure as a funeral director and entry-level employment in a Missouri funeral establishment, as well as other states with similar licensing regulations. Funeral Directing courses are available to students who have been admitted to the Funeral Directing Program and/or have departmental approval. The Funeral Directing curriculum consists of two semesters of courses that are offered at the Forest Park campus. The Certificate focuses solely on funeral directing, with no courses in embalming. It is a nontechnical certificate, geared toward the business and public relations aspects of operating a funeral home.
Funeral directors use helping skills to assist families in coping with grief, adjusting to new situations, and making appropriate funeral arrangements. The successful funeral director possesses emotional stability, the desire to serve others, and good physical health to withstand the irregular working hours and the obvious stresses of the job. Good grooming habits are essential, as the funeral director must reflect the high standards of care the families will receive at the funeral home. Prior coursework in public speaking, accounting, and business would be helpful for students interested in this program.
This academic program is designed to meet specific state or professional needs. It is not accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. Students graduating from this program are not eligible to take the National Board Examination or any state board examination for which graduation from an ABFSE accredited program is required.
The Funeral Directing program has been approved by the Missouri State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, and it is the only such certificate program offered in this state. In addition, the program fulfills the educational requirement for licensure as a funeral director in Missouri, and graduates are eligible to sit for the state licensing examinations. This also applies to other states with similar licensing regulations.

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At the completion of the program, students are expected to:

  1. demonstrate competency as a funeral director, as defined by state and nationally accepted standards.
  2. explain how the treatment, handling, and disposition of the dead human body meets the sociological, psychological, theological, physical, and legal needs of the family and the community.
  3. apply knowledge of the state and federal laws regulating funeral service practice.
  4. practice varieties of funeralization rites and ceremonies, as seen in major religious and ethnic subcultures, fraternal, and military groups in the United States.
  5. counsel families about funerals prior to a death, during the time of the funeral, and after the funeral.
  6. adhere to high standards of ethical conduct in order to promote the dignity of funeral service.
  7. utilize research to expand knowledge in the field of funeral service.
COM 101Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)3
PSY 200General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3
ACC 100Applied Accounting3
IS 116Computer Literacy3
FSE 101History and Sociology of Funeral Service3
FSE 107Funeral Service Merchandising2
FSE 201Funeral Home Management3
FSE 106Mortuary Law and Ethics3
FSE 102Dynamics of Grief Management3
FSE 103Funeral Directing3
Total Credit Hours29
New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
FSE 101 History and Sociology of Funeral Service3Admission to AAS/FSE program and Reading Proficiency.Offered during the Fall semester only
FSE 107 Funeral Service Merchandising2Reading Proficiency.Offered during the Fall semester only
FSE 201 Funeral Home Management3Reading Proficiency.Offered during the Fall semester only
FSE 106 Mortuary Law and Ethics3Reading Proficiency.
COM 101 Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)3Reading Proficiency and concurrent enrollment in RDG 030 or ENG 070.
Credit Hours14
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
FSE 102 Dynamics of Grief Management3Reading Proficiency.Offered during the Spring semester only
FSE 103 Funeral Directing3Reading Proficiency.Offered during the Spring semester only
PSY 200 General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3Reading Proficiency.
ACC 100 Applied Accounting3Reading Proficiency.
IS 116 Computer Literacy3Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours15
Total Credit Hours29

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**Students completing a course that has been assigned a MOTR number may transfer that course to any public institution in Missouri. Those who complete CORE 42 requirements will have that verification on their transcript.

*** It is your responsibility to verify that the courses listed above will transfer to the four-year institution of your choice.  Maximize your transfer credits/classes by meeting with an academic advisor.