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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COM 101Oral Communication I3
PSY 200General Psychology3
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