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Certificate of Specialization (CS)
Two Semesters: Earn your certificate of specialization in as few as eight months.
Online and night classes: Keep your full-time job while you study.
Only at STLCC: This is the only such certificate program offered in Missouri.
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 counseling 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.
Approved by the Missouri State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors: The only program of its kind offered in the state of Missouri.
Licensure: Graduates are eligible to sit for the Missouri licensing examination as well as those of other states with similar licensing regulations.
Focus solely on funeral directing: This nontechnical certificate is geared toward the business and public relations aspects of operating a funeral home, and does not include courses in embalming.
Convenience: All classes are offered online, and evening classes are also available.
Stackable: Credits also apply toward your Funeral Service Education AAS — earn this certificate while working toward your degree.
Qualify for entry-level employment in Missouri funeral establishments, where you’ll use helping and planning skills to assist families who are coping with grief. The successful funeral director combines thoughtful compassion with sound business practice.
More than one million students have attended STLCC. It’s the largest institute of higher education in the region, and the second largest in Missouri.
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- For information on the job outlook in the funeral directing profession, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and search specific job titles. Also available: information on median pay, entry-level education, number of jobs and more.
- To learn about the top openings in specific cities across Missouri visit the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.
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Funeral Directing - 29 Credits
|COM 101||Oral Communication I||3|
|PSY 200||General Psychology||3|
|ACC 100||Applied Accounting||3|
|IS 116||Computer Literacy||3|
|FSE 101||History and Sociology of Funeral Service||3|
|FSE 107||Funeral Service Merchandising||2|
|FSE 201||Funeral Home Management||3|
|FSE 106||Mortuary Law and Ethics||3|
|FSE 102||Dynamics of Grief Management||3|
|FSE 103||Funeral Directing||3|
|Total Credit Hours||29|
Please Note: This academic program is designed to meet specific state or professional needs. It is not accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (3432 Ashland Avenue, Suite U, St. Joseph, MO 64506, Office: 816-233-3747, www.abfse.org). Students graduating from this program are not eligible to take the National Board Examination or any state board examination for which graduation from an American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) accredited program is required.
Interested candidates might also consider STLCC’s Funeral Service Education program which offers an AAS degree and has been granted candidacy status by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE).
We invite you to meet with an STLCC advisor for one-on-one help in planning your pathway to this rewarding career. Click Here
Funeral Service Education
An Advisory Board of funeral directors, embalmers, members of the Missouri State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, and officers of the Missouri Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association works with St. Louis Community College at Forest Park to ensure that the curriculum keeps pace with the employment requirements of the field.
The Funeral Directing program is offered at our Forest Park campus. However, for added convenience, students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses, our five education centers, and online.