The 48 and 60 hour Professional Counseling and Marriage and Family Counseling degrees are designed to lead to professional licensure as outlined by individual state boards of counseling. Before enrolling in a licensure program at Liberty University, students should consult the rules and regulations regarding Professional Counseling and/or Marriage and Family Therapy for their particular state. More specifically, students should be aware of the following before enrolling in one of Liberty University’s counseling programs:
*To obtain your state’s web address, view State Licensure Boards
Enrollment in one of the M.A. licensure programs does not guarantee a degree from Liberty or qualification for professional licensure. Students are responsible for meeting all academic and professional requirements for graduation. Further information regarding these academic and professional requirements is outlined in the M.A. handbook. Students enrolled in a M.A. counseling licensure program are responsible for knowing the material outlined in the M.A. handbook. Further, it is the sole responsibility of the student, not the program, to obtain information regarding prerequisites for licensure as outlined by their particular state board of counseling or marriage and family therapy.
The information provided below is subject to change without notice. Liberty University is not responsible for knowing when changes occur. Additionally, there might be other states with unique licensure requirements.
The Center for Counseling and Family Studies has received specific communication from the California Board of Behavioral Sciences which requires that Liberty online students who enroll in the 60-Hour MA in Professional Counseling program on or after August 1, 2012 or who enrolled in the program before August 1, 2012 but do not graduate before December 31, 2018 take COUN 610, COUN 630, and COUC 712 in order to meet the CBBS content requirements. These courses are only offered in the intensive format.
The Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies will be applying to seek approval for the M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy program.
Illinois requires several courses to be done in a residential format. Thus, our standard online degree format does not meet the residency requirements for this state.
The Center for Counseling and Family Studies has received specific communication from the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensure Board indicating that Liberty’s COUN 605 covers the Board’s “Contextual Dimensions” requirements.
Kansas requires several courses to be done in a residential format. Thus, our standard online degree format does not meet the residency requirements within this state.
Louisiana is a problem state for the MA in Marriage and Family Therapy program only. Louisiana will not accept Liberty’s MA LMFT degree program track to seek LMFT licensure because Liberty’s program is not accredited by COAMFTE or CACREP, nor is the university seeking these accreditations for MFT at this time.
Mississippi is a problem state for the MA in Marriage and Family Therapy only. Mississippi will not accept Liberty’s MAFT degree because Liberty’s program is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Therapy Education, nor is the university currently seeking this accreditation. Mississippi’s regulations do not indicate that this policy will prevent a student in Liberty’s MA in Professional Counseling from receiving licensure, but students must verify this information with the state.
Missouri does not accept online degrees/programs for licensure.
Students are required a minimum of one academic year of full-time academic graduate study in mental health counseling in residence of the institute granting the degree.
The Center for Counseling and Family Studies has received specific communication from the New York State Education Department, Division of Professional Education, and wants to make you aware of the following stipulations needed to fulfill the requirements of the NY Education Department.
The Center for Counseling and Family Studies has received specific communication from the Counselor, Social Work, & Marriage and Family Therapists Board indicating that COUC 800 meets the requirement for “Evaluation of Mental & Emotional Disorders.”
The Rhode Island Department of Health in its rules and regulations for licensing mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists has specific requirements for practicum and internship which are beyond Liberty’s requirements. Please contact the Practicum/Internship Department for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.