Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

School of Behavioral Sciences

Administration

Ronald Hawkins, B.A., M.Div., Ed.S., D.Min., Ed.D.
Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Founding Dean, School of Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Counseling and Practical Theology

Steve E. Warren, B.S., M.A., Ph.D.
Dean, School of Behavioral Sciences
Associate Professor of Counseling

Jeffery D. Boatner, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies
Associate Professor of Counseling

David Hirschman, B.S., M.A.R., M.Div., D.Min.
Associate Dean, Department of Community Care and Counseling
Associate Professor of Religion

Marlene Corsini, B.S., M.A., Ed.D.
Associate Dean, Psychology & Social Work
Assistant Professor of Psychology


PROGRAM DIRECTORS
A listing of program directors can be viewed at http://www.liberty.edu/programdirectors.


FACULTY
All faculty are listed at the end of this catalog in the Faculty Roster.  There are separate rosters for Full-Time and Part-Time faculty.  The entire roster can also be viewed online at https://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?action=faculty&PID=19959&CatID=28 where faculty can be searched for by Department.


PURPOSE
The School of Behavioral Sciences exists to promote an integrated understanding of science, practice, and faith. Programs prepare future graduates dedicated to impacting the fields of Psychology, Counseling, and Social Work within the context of a commitment to scientific competence and the demonstration of best practices supported by a Christian Worldview.


Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies

Jeffery D. Boatner, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies
Associate Professor of Counseling


PURPOSE
The Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies aims to promote the education and training of future graduates for service and practice in diverse behavioral and mental health professions. The Graduate Counseling Program is committed to training professionals for the practice of counseling who demonstrate scientific competence, clinical excellence and best practices undergirded by a Christian worldview.  Graduates will be trained for career opportunities in mental health agencies, hospital programs, higher educational institutions, government, business and industrial settings, and both faith-based counseling centers and public and private practice facilities. Doctoral studies will prepare students to seek leadership careers as counselor educators, administrators, supervisors, advanced clinical practitioners, and researchers.

ACCREDITATION
The M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program (Residential) and the Marriage and Family Counseling program (Residential)  are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP).


LICENSURE PROGRAMS


Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

PURPOSE
The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a 60-hour graduate level residential program designed to meet the Virginia requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC).  The faculty provide quality professional training of clinical mental health counselors from a faith based perspective. Our mission is to produce ethically and spiritually aware mental health counselors who possess the knowledge, values, skills, and personal disposition to promote the mental health and holistic wellness of clients across diverse populations. Our mission is achieved, in significant measure, through offering rigorous academic programs, dynamic interaction with mentors, faculty, and carefully structured practica and internships.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate appropriate knowledge in all core curricular areas of counseling in preparation for taking licensure and certification exams, and in procuring employment in the mental health field.
  2. Demonstrate appropriate research and report writing skills including the use of APA format and computer technology.
  3. Incorporate ethical and legal standards in the counseling arena.
  4. Integrate biblical principles and secular theories in a responsibly eclectic manner.
  5. Assess, diagnose and treat clients with a broad array of presenting problems and mental disorders using multiple counseling skills in established best practices.
  6. The student will be able to evaluate diverse individual, group and family populations in order to effectively determine a treatment for client(s).

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION PROCEDURES
In addition to the General Admission Procedures outlined in this Catalog, Master’s applicants to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program must have:

  1. An earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.);
  2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale).
  3. Successfully completed a minimum of six semester hours of coursework in psychology or a closely related field of study (e.g., sociology, human services) and three hours of statistics.
  4. Students with an undergraduate GPA less than 3.25 must submit one of the following tests with a recommended score:
  • GRE: Verbal 150, Quantitative 150, Analytical Writing 3.5 (Former GRE: 1000 Total)
  • MAT: Total score 375, GRE Analytical Writing 3.5
  1. Students who are using master’s-level coursework to meet the 3.00 GPA requirement for admission into the program are not required to submit GRE or MAT test scores.
  2. Two Letters of Recommendation from professional sources (i.e., not family/friends). All should be obtained from individuals qualified to address the applicant’s ability to complete graduate level work, disposition and ability to become a counselor, maturity, motivation, and ethics.
  3. In a 1000-1200 word typed and double-spaced document, the applicants must address their past and current helping experiences, their future goals in the field of Professional Counseling, and their personal qualities that will enable them to be effective counselors.  They also need to address how their interests and goals match the mission of Liberty University and the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  The Department’s mission statement is published in the program handbook, which is available at the following link:  http://www.liberty.edu/academics/arts-sciences/counseling/index.cfm?PID=5975.

Applicants must submit each of the items listed in the General Admissions Procedures to the Office of Graduate Admissions before being considered for acceptance to the program.

Applicants who have not successfully completed six hours of psychology or related studies and three hours of statistics for the Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling may be admitted with the provision that they must complete the undergraduate coursework within the first two semesters of study.

The applicant’s personal and professional disposition, integrity, and general fitness to practice counseling may be considered in the admission process. The Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies grants special admissions only under exceptional circumstances.

NOTIFICATION OF ADMISSION
Admission decisions normally are made within a few days following the receipt of all of the student’s documentation and faculty review of the application packet. Official notification of admission, and of any conditions attached to that admission, is sent by letter to the applicant by the Office of Graduate Admissions. Correspondence or notification from other sources does not constitute official notice of admission. The term for which the applicant is admitted is stated in the official admission letter from the Office of Graduate Admissions.

TRANSFER OF CREDIT
Students may transfer up to 30 hours of coursework into the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. For a transferred course to replace a Liberty University course, the following requirements must be met:

  1. The school at which the course was taken must be appropriately accredited.
  2. The course credit must be at least three semester hours or five quarter hours.
  3. The student must have earned a grade of B- or better in the course.
  4. The course must overlap one of Liberty’s courses by at least 80%.

Courses related to counseling that meet all but the last criterion may be transferred in as elective courses. Course work must have been completed within the previous 10 years. Transfer credits will not be accepted for the following courses: COUN 500, 501, 505, 506, 512, 667, 698 and 699. Credit will not be awarded for life experience or continuing education workshops.

LICENSURE
Liberty University’s Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies 60-hour Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is designed to provide academic course work in all areas required by the Virginia Board of Counseling for licensure as a LPC in Virginia. Students interested in seeking licensure in another state after graduation are required to contact the licensing boards of those states to obtain copies of their licensing laws and regulations.  These will help students ensure they take all courses necessary for licensure in those states.

EVALUATION AND RETENTION
Students are responsible for meeting the academic and professional standards of Liberty University and the counseling profession. The following requirements apply to all students:

  1. Students are expected to use the American Counseling Association “Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice,” this Catalog, the Graduate Student Honor Code, and the Liberty Way as guides for their behavior throughout their program. Students will undergo periodic evaluation by the Counseling faculty for suitability as students and prospective counselors.
  2. Students must remain in good academic standing, are required to maintain high ethical standards, and must demonstrate evidence of functional competency in fulfilling the professional roles required by the discipline.
  3. Students must pass a comprehensive examination that requires the ability to analyze, synthesize, and integrate the core curricular content within the counseling discipline.

Consult specific program sections of this catalog for additional requirements.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
The M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program (60 Hour) consists of a minimum of  60 hours of counseling courses that provide students with a thorough curricular experience in the areas of integration of faith and spirituality into practice; individual and group counseling theories and skills; clinical practice; ethical, professional, and legal issues in counseling; social and cultural factors in counseling; human development across the lifespan; career counseling and development theories and interventions; appraisal and assessment issues in counseling; and the application of research methodology and statistics to understand mental health issues.  This degree prepares individuals for licensure and national certification and careers in mental health agencies, hospital programs, private practices, faith based counseling centers, and other public and private facilities.

Detailed information, policies, and procedures regarding the various programs offered are provided in the Student Handbook. Students should familiarize themselves with the Student Handbook before they begin their studies and before they register for classes every semester.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION
Students enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program must take a comprehensive examination.

The examination should be taken after the student has completed at least 39 hours of graduate coursework, including all of the COUN  500-level core coursework and COUN  667. The study guide for the comprehensive exam is available online at the departmental website. Students will be given three attempts to successfully complete the exam. Students who have failed the CPCE© twice are required to complete a CPCE© Third Attempt Plan (CTAP) form and prepare for an additional minimum of one semester before registering for their final attempt. If after three attempts, a student has not been able to pass the comprehensive examination, the student will not qualify for a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. At that point, students may choose to apply to the Human Services Counseling program for possible conferral of the MA in Human Services Counseling degree.

This examination is offered periodically throughout the year. To register for the Comprehensive Exam, please contact the Comprehensive Exam Coordinator at least 30 days prior to the exam date. (See the Counseling Comprehensive Examination website for scheduling information). 

ADMINISTRATIVE DISMISSAL
Students will be eligible for Administrative Dismissal from the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling if any of the following are true:

  1. It will be mathematically impossible for them to raise their cumulative Graduate GPA to 3.00 with their remaining required courses.
  2. They do not have a cumulative Graduate GPA of at least 3.00 at Gate 2 (Completion of Early Core) or Gate 3 (Practicum).
  3. They have two (2) grades of C+/C/C- applying to their degree and they have applied the repeat policy for the maximum allowed six (6) hours, and they earn two (2) or more additional grades of C+ or lower. 
  4. They earn two (2) grades of D+ or lower. 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
To graduate, students in the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 60 hours.
  2. Pass the Comprehensive Exam.
  3. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  4. Complete their required curriculum with a cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  5. No more than two grades of C (includes grades of C+ & C-) may be applied to the degrees.
  6. No grades of D (includes grades of D+ & D-) may be applied to the degrees.
  7. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  8. Liberty course work that is more than seven (7) years old must be repeated.
  9. The degrees must be completed within seven (7) years.
  10. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)


Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling (M.A.)

PURPOSE
The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling is a 60-hour graduate level residential program designed to meet the Virginia requirements for licensure as a marriage and family therapist (LMFT). The faculty provide quality professional training of marriage and family counselors from a faith based perspective. Our mission is to produce ethically and spiritually aware marriage and family counselors who possess the knowledge, values, skills, and personal disposition to promote the mental health and holistic wellness of individuals and families across diverse populations. Our mission is achieved, in significant measure, through offering rigorous academic programs, dynamic interaction with mentors, faculty, and carefully structured practica and internships.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate appropriate knowledge in all core curricular areas of counseling in preparation for taking licensure and certification exams, and in procuring employment in the mental health field.
  2. Demonstrate appropriate research and report writing skills including the use of APA format and computer technology.
  3. Incorporate ethical and legal standards in the counseling arena.
  4. Integrate biblical principles and secular theories in a responsibly eclectic manner.
  5. Assess, diagnose and treat clients with a broad array of presenting problems and mental disorders using multiple counseling skills in established best practices.
  6. Evaluate diverse individual, group and family populations in order to effectively determine a treatment for client(s).
  7. Evaluate child, adolescent, and marriage and family clients in order to effectively determine a treatment

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION PROCEDURES
In addition to the General Admission Procedures outlined in this Catalog, Master’s applicants to the Marriage and Family Counseling program must have:

  1. An earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.);
  2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale).
  3. Successfully completed a minimum of six semester hours of coursework in psychology or a closely related field of study (e.g., sociology, human services) and three hours of statistics.
  4. Students with an undergraduate GPA less than 3.25 must submit one of the following tests with a recommended score:
  • GRE: Verbal 150, Quantitative 150, Analytical Writing 3.5 (Former GRE: 1000 Total)
  • MAT: Total score 375, GRE Analytical Writing 3.5
  1. Students who are using master’s-level coursework to meet the 3.00 GPA requirement for admission into the program are not required to submit GRE or MAT test scores.
  2. Two Letters of Recommendation from professional sources (i.e., not family/friends). All should be obtained from individuals qualified to address the applicant’s ability to complete graduate level work, disposition and ability to become a counselor, maturity, motivation, and ethics.
  3. In a 1000-1200 word typed and double-spaced document, the applicants must address their past and current helping experiences, their future goals in the field of Professional Counseling, and their personal qualities that will enable them to be effective counselors.  They also need to address how their interests and goals match the mission of Liberty University and the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The Department’s mission statement is published in the program handbook, which is available at the following link:  http://www.liberty.edu/academics/arts-sciences/counseling/index.cfm?PID=5975.

Applicants must submit each of the items listed in the General Admissions Procedures to the Office of Graduate Admissions before being considered for acceptance to the program.

Applicants who have not successfully completed six hours of psychology or related studies and three hours of statistics for the Master’s in Marriage and Family Counseling may be admitted with the provision that they must complete the undergraduate coursework within the first two semesters of study.

The applicant’s personal and professional disposition, integrity, and general fitness to practice counseling may be considered in the admission process.The Center for Counseling and Family Studies grants special admissions only under exceptional circumstances.

NOTIFICATION OF ADMISSION
Admission decisions normally are made within a few days following the receipt of all of the student’s documentation and faculty review of the application packet. Official notification of admission, and of any conditions attached to that admission, is sent by letter to the applicant by the Office of Graduate Admissions. Correspondence or notification from other sources does not constitute official notice of admission. The term for which the applicant is admitted is stated in the official admission letter from the Office of Graduate Admissions.

TRANSFER OF CREDIT
Students may transfer up to 30 hours of coursework into the Marriage and Family Counseling program. For a transferred course to replace a Liberty University course, the following requirements must be met:

  1. The school at which the course was taken must be appropriately accredited.
  2. The course credit must be at least three semester hours or five quarter hours.
  3. The student must have earned a grade of B- or better in the course.
  4. The course must overlap one of Liberty’s courses by at least 80%.

Courses related to counseling that meet all but the last criterion may be transferred in as elective courses. Course work must have been completed within the previous 10 years. Transfer credits will not be accepted for the following courses: COUN 500, 501, 505, 506, 512, 667, 698 and 699. Credit will not be awarded for life experience or continuing education workshops. 

LICENSURE
Liberty University’s Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies 60-hour Marriage and Family Counseling program is designed to provide academic course work in all areas required by the Virginia Board of Counseling for licensure as a LMFT in Virginia. Students interested in seeking licensure in another state after graduation are required to contact the licensing boards of those states to obtain copies of their licensing laws and regulations. These will help students ensure they take all courses necessary for licensure in those states.

EVALUATION AND RETENTION
Students are responsible for meeting the academic and professional standards of Liberty University and the counseling profession. The following requirements apply to all students:

  1. Students are expected to use the American Counseling Association “Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice,” this Catalog, the Graduate Student Honor Code, and the Liberty Way as guides for their behavior throughout their program. Students will undergo periodic evaluation by the Counseling faculty for suitability as students and prospective counselors.
  2. Students must remain in good academic standing, are required to maintain high ethical standards, and must demonstrate evidence of functional competency in fulfilling the professional roles required by the discipline.
  3. Students must pass a comprehensive examination that requires the ability to analyze, synthesize, and integrate the core curricular content within the counseling discipline.

Consult specific program sections of this catalog for additional requirements.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
The M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling program (60 Hour) consists of a minimum of 60 hours of counseling courses that provide students with a thorough curricular experience in the areas of integration of faith and spirituality into practice; individual and group counseling theories and skills; clinical practice; ethical, professional, and legal issues in counseling; social and cultural factors in counseling; human development across the lifespan; career counseling and development theories and interventions; appraisal and assessment issues in counseling; and the application of research methodology and statistics to understand mental health issues. Students take an additional 12 hours of specialized coursework in marriage and family counselors. This degree prepares individuals for licensure and national certification and careers in family and mental health agencies, hospital programs, private practices, faith based counseling centers, and other public and private facilities.

Detailed information, policies, and procedures regarding the various programs offered are provided in the Student Handbook. Students should familiarize themselves with the Student Handbook before they begin their studies and before they register for classes every semester.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION
Students enrolled in the Marriage and Family Counseling program must take a comprehensive examination. The examination should be taken after the student has completed at least 39 hours of graduate coursework, including all of the COUN 500-level core coursework and COUN 667. The study guide for the comprehensive exam is available online at the departmental website. Students will be given three attempts to successfully complete the exam. Students who have failed the CPCE© twice are required to complete a CPCE© Third Attempt Plan (CTAP) form and prepare for an additional minimum of one semester before registering for their final attempt. If after three attempts, a student has not been able to pass the comprehensive examination, the student will not qualify for a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling. At that point, students may choose to apply to the Human Services Counseling program for possible conferral of the MA in Human Services Counseling degree.

This examination is offered periodically throughout the year. To register for the Comprehensive Exam, please contact the Comprehensive Exam Coordinator at least 30 days prior to the exam date. (See the Counseling Comprehensive Examination website for scheduling information).

ADMINISTRATIVE DISMISSAL
Students will be eligible for Administrative Dismissal from the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling if any of the following are true:

  1. It will be mathematically impossible for them to raise their cumulative Graduate GPA to 3.00 with their remaining required courses.
  2. They do not have a cumulative Graduate GPA of at least 3.00 at Gate 2 (Completion of Early Core) or Gate 3 (Practicum).
  3. They have two (2) grades of C+/C/C- applying to their degree and they have applied the repeat policy for the maximum allowed six (6) hours, and they earn two (2) or more additional grades of C+ or lower.
  4. They earn two (2) grades of D+ or lower.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
To graduate, students in the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling program must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 60 hours.
  2. Pass the Comprehensive Exam.
  3. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  4. Complete their required curriculum with a cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  5. No more than two grades of C (includes grades of C+ & C-) may be applied to the degrees.
  6. No grades of D (includes grades of D+ & D-) may be applied to the degrees.
  7. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  8. Liberty course work that is more than seven (7) years old must be repeated.
  9. The degree must be completed within seven (7) years.
  10. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Counseling (M.A.)


Master of Arts in Professional Counseling (M.A.)

FORMAT
This program is delivered online (with some required intensive courses on campus).

Students wishing to pursue professional counseling licensure should contact the appropriate state licensing board for more information about specific licensure rules and regulations. The Professional Counseling and/or Marriage and Family Counseling licensure program(s) at Liberty University/Liberty University Online may not fulfill licensure requirements for the states of Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, and New Hampshire. Students should verify their states’ requirements before beginning a program of study.

Additional information on states that have unique state board requirements can be found at: http://www.nbcc.org/Directory

PURPOSE
The Master of Arts in Professional Counseling is a 60-hour graduate level residential program designed to meet the Virginia requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC). The faculty provide quality professional training of clinical mental health counselors from a faith based perspective. Our mission is to produce ethically and spiritually aware mental health counselors who possess the knowledge, values, skills, and personal disposition to promote the mental health and holistic wellness of clients across diverse populations. Our mission is achieved, in significant measure, through offering rigorous academic programs, dynamic interaction with mentors, faculty, and carefully structured practica and internships.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate appropriate knowledge in all core curricular areas of counseling in preparation for taking licensure and certification exams, and in procuring employment in the mental health field.
  2. Demonstrate appropriate research and report writing skills including the use of APA format and computer technology.
  3. Incorporate ethical and legal standards in the counseling arena.
  4. Integrate biblical principles and secular theories in a responsibly eclectic manner.
  5. Assess, diagnose and treat clients with a broad array of presenting problems and mental disorders using multiple counseling skills in established best practices.
  6. Evaluate diverse individual, group and family populations in order to effectively determine a treatment for client(s).

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION PROCEDURES
In addition to the General Admission Procedures outlined in this Catalog, Master’s applicants to the Professional Counseling program must have:

  1. An earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.);
  2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale).
  3. Successfully completed a minimum of six semester hours of coursework in psychology or a closely related field of study (e.g., sociology, human services) and three hours of statistics.
  4. Students with an undergraduate GPA less than 3.25 must submit one of the following tests with a minimum score:
    • GRE: Verbal 150, Quantitative 150, Analytical Writing 3.5 (Former GRE: 1000 Total)
    • MAT: Total score 375, GRE Analytical Writing 3.5
  5. Students who are using master’s-level coursework to meet the 3.00 GPA requirement for admission into the program are not required to submit GRE or MAT test scores.
  6. Two Letters of Recommendation from professional sources (i.e., not family/friends). All should be obtained from individuals qualified to address the applicant’s ability to complete graduate level work, disposition and ability to become a counselor, maturity, motivation, and ethics.
  7. In a 1000-1200 word typed and double-spaced document, the applicants must address their past and current helping experiences, their future goals in the field of Professional Counseling, and their personal qualities that will enable them to be effective counselors.  They also need to address how their interests and goals match the mission of Liberty University and the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  The Department’s mission statement is published in the program handbook, which is available at the following link:  http://www.liberty.edu/academics/arts-sciences/counseling/index.cfm?PID=5975.

Applicants must submit each of the items listed in the General Admissions Procedures to the Office of Graduate Admissions before being considered for acceptance to the program.

Applicants who have not successfully completed six hours of psychology or related studies and three hours of statistics for the Master’s in Professional Counseling may be admitted with the provision that they must complete the undergraduate coursework within the first two semesters of study.

The applicant’s personal and professional disposition, integrity, and general fitness to practice counseling may be considered in the admission process. The Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies grants special admissions only under exceptional circumstances.

NOTIFICATION OF ADMISSION
Admission decisions normally are made within a few days following the receipt of all of the student’s documentation and faculty review of the application packet. Official notification of admission, and of any conditions attached to that admission, is sent by letter to the applicant by the Office of Graduate Admissions. Correspondence or notification from other sources does not constitute official notice of admission. The term for which the applicant is admitted is stated in the official admission letter from the Office of Graduate Admissions.

TRANSFER OF CREDIT
Students may transfer up to 30 hours of coursework into the Professional Counseling program. For a transferred course to replace a Liberty University course, the following requirements must be met:

  1. The school at which the course was taken must be appropriately accredited.
  2. The course credit must be at least three semester hours or five quarter hours.
  3. The student must have earned a grade of B- or better in the course.
  4. The course must overlap one of Liberty’s courses by at least 80%.

Courses related to counseling that meet all but the last criterion may be transferred in as elective courses. Course work must have been completed within the previous 10 years. Transfer credits will not be accepted for the following courses: CMHC 500, 501, 505, 506, 512, 667, 698 and 699. Credit will not be awarded for life experience or continuing education workshops. 

LICENSURE
Liberty University’s Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies 60-hour Professional Counseling program is designed to provide academic course work in all areas required by the Virginia Board of Counseling for licensure as a LPC in Virginia. Students interested in seeking licensure in another state after graduation are required to contact the licensing boards of those states to obtain copies of their licensing laws and regulations. These will help students ensure they take all courses necessary for licensure in those states.

EVALUATION AND RETENTION
Students are responsible for meeting the academic and professional standards of Liberty University and the counseling profession. The following requirements apply to all students:

  1. Students are expected to use the American Counseling Association “Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice,” this Catalog, the Graduate Student Honor Code, and the Liberty Way as guides for their behavior throughout their program. Students will undergo periodic evaluation by the Counseling faculty for suitability as students and prospective counselors.
  2. Students must remain in good academic standing, are required to maintain high ethical standards, and must demonstrate evidence of functional competency in fulfilling the professional roles required by the discipline.
  3. Students must pass a comprehensive examination that requires the ability to analyze, synthesize, and integrate the core curricular content within the counseling discipline.

Consult specific program sections of this catalog for additional requirements.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
The M.A. in Professional Counseling program (60 Hour) consists of a minimum of 60 hours of counseling courses that provide students with a thorough curricular experience in the areas of integration of faith and spirituality into practice; individual and group counseling theories and skills; clinical practice; ethical, professional, and legal issues in counseling; social and cultural factors in counseling; human development across the lifespan; career counseling and development theories and interventions; appraisal and assessment issues in counseling; and the application of research methodology and statistics to understand mental health issues. This degree prepares individuals for licensure and national certification and careers in mental health agencies, hospital programs, private practices, faith based counseling centers, and other public and private facilities.

Detailed information, policies, and procedures regarding the various programs offered are provided in the Student Handbook. Students should familiarize themselves with the Student Handbook before they begin their studies and before they register for classes every semester.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION
Students enrolled in the Professional Counseling program must take a comprehensive examination. The examination should be taken after the student has completed at least 39 hours of graduate coursework, including all of the COUC 500-level core coursework and COUC 667. The study guide for the comprehensive exam is available online at the departmental website. Students will be given three attempts to successfully complete the exam. Students who have failed the CPCE© twice are required to complete a CPCE© Third Attempt Plan (CTAP) form and prepare for an additional minimum of one semester before registering for their final attempt. If after three attempts, a student has not been able to pass the comprehensive examination, the student will not qualify for a master’s degree in Professional Counseling. At that point, students may choose to apply to the Human Services Counseling program for possible conferral of the MA in Human Services Counseling degree.

This examination is offered periodically throughout the year. To register for the Comprehensive Exam, please contact the Comprehensive Exam Coordinator at least 30 days prior to the exam date. (See the Counseling Comprehensive Examination website for scheduling information).

ADMINISTRATIVE DISMISSAL
Students will be eligible for Administrative Dismissal from the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling if any of the following are true:

  1. It will be mathematically impossible for them to raise their cumulative Graduate GPA to 3.00 with their remaining required courses.
  2. They do not have a cumulative Graduate GPA of at least 3.00 at Gate 2 (Completion of Early Core) or Gate 3 (Practicum).
  3. They have two (2) grades of C+/C/C- applying to their degree and they have applied the repeat policy for the maximum allowed six (6) hours, and they earn two (2) or more additional grades of C+ or lower. 
  4. They earn two (2) grades of D+ or lower.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
To graduate, students in the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling program must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 60 hours.
  2. Pass the Comprehensive Exam.
  3. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  4. Complete their required curriculum with a cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  5. No more than two grades of C (includes grades of C+ & C-) may be applied to the degree.
  6. No grades of D (includes grades of D+ & D-) may be applied to the degree.
  7. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  8. Liberty course work that is more than seven (7) years old must be repeated.
  9. The degrees must be completed within seven (7) years.
  10. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Online Only
Master of Arts in Professional Counseling (M.A.) - 60-hour


Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (M.A.)

FORMAT
This program is delivered online (with some required intensive courses on campus).

Students wishing to pursue professional counseling licensure should contact the appropriate state licensing board for more information about specific licensure rules and regulations. The Marriage and Family Therapy licensure program at Liberty University/Liberty University Online may not fulfill licensure requirements for the states of Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, and New Hampshire. Students should verify their state’s requirements before beginning a program of study.

The states of California, Mississippi, and Louisiana do not accept the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy degree earned through Liberty University Online for licensure purposes. Additional information on states that have unique state board requirements can be found at: http://www.nbcc.org/Directory.


PURPOSE
The Marriage and Family Therapy degree is designed to lead to professional licensure as outlined by most state boards of counseling and marriage and family therapy. The 60-hour M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling is designed to meet the Virginia Board of Therapy requirements for licensure as a LMFT. The faculty provide quality professional training from a faith-based perspective. The purpose of the program is to produce ethically and spiritually aware marriage and family therapists who possess the knowledge, values, skills, and personal disposition to promote the mental health and holistic wellness of individuals and families across diverse populations. This purpose is achieved, in significant measure, through offering rigorous academic programs, dynamic online interaction with faculty, and carefully structured practica and internships.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate appropriate knowledge in all core curricular areas of counseling in preparation for taking licensure or certification exams and in procuring employment in the mental health field.
  2. Demonstrate appropriate research and report writing skills including the use of APA format and computer technology.
  3. Incorporate ethical and legal standards in the counseling arena.
  4. Integrate biblical principles and Counseling theories in a responsibly eclectic manner.
  5. Assess, diagnose and treat clients with a broad array of presenting problems and mental disorders using multiple counseling skills in established best practices.
  6. Evaluate diverse individual, group and family populations in order to effectively determine a treatment for client(s).
  7. Evaluate child, adolescent, and marriage and family clients in order to effectively determine a treatment.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION PROCEDURES
In addition to the General Admission Procedures outlined in this Catalog, Master’s applicants to the Marriage and Family Therapy program must have:

  1. An earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.);
  2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale). Applicants with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.70 to 2.99 may be considered for admission on Academic Caution.  Students admitted on Academic Caution must take and pass GRST 500 Introduction to Graduate Writing in their first semester.
  3. Successfully completed a minimum of six semester hours of coursework in psychology or a closely related field of study (e.g., sociology, human services) and three hours of statistics.
  4. Submit two names to contact for recommendations. All should be obtained from individuals qualified to address the applicant’s ability to complete graduate level work, disposition and ability to become a counselor, maturity, motivation, and ethics.
  5. In a 1000-1200 word typed and double-spaced document, the applicants must address their past and current helping experiences, their future goals in the field of Professional Counseling, and their personal qualities that will enable them to be effective counselors.  They also need to address how their interests and goals match the mission of Liberty University and the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  The Department’s mission statement is published in the program handbook, which is available at the following link:  http://www.liberty.edu/academics/arts-sciences/counseling/index.cfm?PID=5975.
  6. Letter of intent describing what you hope to gain from graduate study, your professional goals, and how your interests and goals match the goals and mission of the department. The university and departmental mission statements are available online.

Applicants must submit each of the items listed in the General Admissions Procedures to the Office of Graduate Admissions before being considered for acceptance to the program.

Applicants who have not successfully completed six hours of psychology or related studies and three hours of statistics for the Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy may be admitted with the provision that they must complete the undergraduate coursework within the first two semesters of study.

The applicant’s personal and professional disposition, integrity, and general fitness to practice counseling may be considered in the admission process. In addition, limited resources may indicate a need for limited enrollments, requiring The Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies to restrict admissions and to grants special admissions only under exceptional circumstances.

NOTIFICATION OF ADMISSION
Admission decisions normally are made within a few days following the receipt of all of the student’s documentation. Official notification of admission, and of any conditions attached to that admission, is sent by letter to the applicant by the Office of Graduate Admissions. Correspondence or notification from other sources does not constitute official notice of admission. The term for which the applicant is admitted is stated in the official admission letter from the Office of Graduate Admissions.

TRANSFER OF CREDIT
Students may transfer up to 30 hours of coursework into the 60-hour Marriage and Family Therapy program. For a transferred course to replace a Liberty University course, the following requirements must be met:

  1. The school at which the course was taken must be appropriately accredited.
  2. The course credit must be at least three semester hours or five quarter hours.
  3. The student must have earned a grade of B- or better in the course.
  4. The course must overlap one of Liberty’s courses by at least 80%.

Course work must have been completed within the previous 10 years. Transfer credits will not be accepted for the following courses: COUN 500, 501, 505, 506, 512, 602, 667, 698, and 699. Credit will not be awarded for life experience or continuing education workshops.

Students in the 60-hour Marriage and Family Therapy program are required to take COUN 505, 512, 602, and 667 in residence (on campus).

Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.  Liberty University course work that is more than seven (7) years old must be repeated.

LICENSURE
Liberty University’s Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies provides academic course work in all areas required by the Virginia Board of Marriage and Family Therapists for licensure. The 60-hour M.A. degree program has been designed to meet licensure requirements established by the Virginia Board of Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapists for licensure as a Family Therapist (LMFT) in Virginia. Students interested in licensure in states other than Virginia are required to contact the licensing boards of those states to obtain copies of their licensing laws and regulations. These will help students ensure they take all courses necessary for licensure in those states.

EVALUATION AND RETENTION
Students are responsible for meeting the academic and professional standards of Liberty University and the counseling profession. The following requirements apply to all students:

  1. Students are expected to use the American Counseling Association “Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice,” the American Association of Christian Counselors “Code of Ethics,” this Catalog, the Graduate Student Honor Code, and the Liberty Way as guides for their behavior throughout their program. Each of these documents is available for reading and downloading from the respective organizational web sites. Students will undergo periodic evaluation by the Counseling faculty for suitability as students and prospective counselors.
  2. Students must remain in good academic standing, are required to maintain high ethical standards, and must demonstrate evidence of functional competency in fulfilling the professional roles required by the discipline.
  3. Students must pass a comprehensive examination that requires an ability to deal with more than individual course content. Satisfactory completion of comprehensive examination requires analysis, synthesis, and integration of the content within the counseling discipline.

Consult specific program sections of this catalog for additional requirements.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
The M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy program consists of a minimum of 60 hours of counseling courses that provide students with a thorough background in the areas of integration of faith and practice; individual and group counseling theories and skills; clinical practice; ethical, professional, and legal issues in counseling; social and cultural factors in counseling; human development across the lifespan; work, leisure, and career development theories and interventions; appraisal and assessment issues in counseling; and the application of research methodology and statistics to understand mental health issues. Marriage and Family Therapy students take an additional 12 hours of specialized coursework in marriage and family therapy: COUN 602, Marriage and Family Counseling II, COUN 603, Pre-Marital and Marital Counseling; COUN 610, Human Sexuality; and COUN 620, Counseling Children, Adolescents and Their Families. Students’ internship experiences must consist of work with couples, families, and individuals from a systems perspective, with the majority of the direct service clock hours occurring with couples and family units. These courses and internship experiences prepare those seeking licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT), national certification, for careers in mental health agencies, hospital programs, private practices, ministry-related counseling centers, and other public and private facilities.

Detailed information, policies, and procedures regarding the various programs offered are provided in the Student Handbook. Students should familiarize themselves with the Student Handbook before they begin their studies and before they register for classes every semester.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION
Students enrolled in the Marriage and Family Therapy program must take a comprehensive examination. The examination should be taken after the student has completed at least 39 hours of graduate coursework, including all of the 500-level core coursework and COUN 667. Students will be given three attempts to successfully complete the exam. Students who have failed the CPCE© twice are required to complete a CPCE© Third Attempt Plan (CTAP) form and prepare an additional minimum of one semester before registering for their final attempt. If after three attempts, a student has not been able to pass the comprehensive examination, the student will not qualify for a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. At that point, students may choose to apply to the Human Services Counseling program for possible conferral of the MA in Human Services Counseling degree.

This examination is offered periodically throughout the year. (See the Study Guide for the Counseling Comprehensive Examination for scheduling). The study guide is available online on the Comprehensive Exam website at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=24247. To register for the Comprehensive Exam, please contact the Comprehensive Exam Coordinator 30 days prior to the exam date (See the Counseling Comprehensive Examination website for specific scheduling information)

ADMINISTRATIVE DISMISSAL
Students will be eligible for Administrative Dismissal from the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy if any of the following are true:

  1. It will be mathematically impossible for them to raise their cumulative Graduate GPA to 3.00 with their remaining required courses.
  2. They do not have a cumulative Graduate GPA of at least 3.00 at Gate 2 (Completion of Early Core) or Gate 3 (Practicum).
  3. They have two (2) grades of C+/C/C- applying to their degree and they have applied the repeat policy for the maximum allowed six (6) hours, and they earn two (2) or more additional grades of C+ or lower. 
  4. They earn two (2) grades of D+ or lower.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
To graduate, students in the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 60 hours.
  2. Pass the Comprehensive Exam.
  3. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  4. Have completed their required curriculum with a cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  5. No more than two grades of C (includes grades of C+ & C-) may be applied to the degrees.
  6. No grades of D (includes grades of D+ & D-) may be applied to the degrees.
  7. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  8. Liberty course work that is more than seven (7) years old must be repeated.
  9. The degrees must be completed within seven (7) years.
  10. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Online Only
Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy (M.A.)


Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling (M.A.)

FORMAT
This program is delivered online (with some required intensive courses on campus).

PURPOSE
With 12 additional hours of coursework, Liberty University’s M.A. in Addiction Counseling degree (48-hour degree program) meets the current academic education and degree requirements established by the Virginia Board of Counseling for licensure as a Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Professional (LSATP) and exceeds those set for certification as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC). The faculty provide quality professional training from a faith-based perspective. The purpose of the programs is to produce ethically and spiritually aware addiction counselors who possess the knowledge, values, skills, and personal disposition to promote the mental health and holistic wellness of individuals and families across diverse populations. This purpose is achieved, in significant measure, through offering rigorous academic programs, dynamic online interaction with faculty, and carefully structured internships.  Students interested in licensure or certification in addiction counseling in states other than Virginia are required to contact the licensing boards of those states to obtain copies of their licensure laws and regulations. These will help students ensure they take all courses necessary for licensure or certification in addiction counseling in those states. The M.A. in Addiction Counseling does not lead to licensure as a licensed professional counselor or licensed marriage and family therapist.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate appropriate knowledge in all core curricular areas of addiction counseling in preparation for taking licensure or certification exams and in procuring employment in the addiction counseling field.
  2. Demonstrate appropriate research and report writing skills including the use of APA format and computer technology.
  3. Incorporate ethical and legal standards in the addiction counseling arena.
  4. Integrate biblical principles and counseling theories in a responsibly eclectic manner.
  5. Assess, diagnose and treat clients with a broad array of presenting addiction problems and co-occurring mental disorders using multiple addiction counseling skills in established best practices.
  6. Evaluate diverse individual, group and family populations in order to effectively determine a treatment of addiction for client(s).

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION PROCEDURES
In addition to the General Admission Procedures outlined in this Catalog, Master’s applicants to the Addiction Counseling program must have:

  1. Apply online or download graduate application and submit via mail.
  2. $50.00 Deferred application fee (Assessed during financial check in)
  3. Fax / scan unofficial college transcripts. *Please Note* Unofficial transcripts can be used for acceptance purposes!
  4. Mail official college transcripts (sealed, unopened copy)
  5. Regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA for admission in good standing.
  6. Undergraduate prerequisites (can be taken after admission)
    • 6 credit hours in Psychology
    • 3 credit hours in Statistics (can be MATH 201)
  7. TOEFL scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper-based test; 250 computer-based test; 80 internet-based test)

Applicants must submit each of the items listed in the General Admissions Procedures to the Office of Graduate Admissions before being considered for acceptance to the program.

Applicants who have not successfully completed six hours of psychology or related studies and three hours of statistics for the Master’s in Addiction Counseling may be admitted with the provision that they must complete the undergraduate coursework within the first two semesters of study.

The applicant’s personal and professional disposition, integrity, and general fitness to practice counseling may be considered in the admission process. In addition, limited resources may indicate a need for limited enrollments, requiring the Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies to restrict admissions and to grant special admissions only under exceptional circumstances

TRANSFER OF CREDIT
Students may transfer up to 24 hours of coursework into the 48-hour Addictions Counseling program. For a transferred course to replace a Liberty University course, the following requirements must be met:

  1. The school at which the course was taken must be appropriately accredited.
  2. The course credit must be at least three semester hours or five quarter hours.
  3. The student must have earned a grade of B- or better in the course.
  4. The course must overlap one of Liberty’s courses by at least 80%.

Courses related to counseling that meet all but the last criterion may be transferred in as elective courses. Course work must have been completed within the previous 10 years. Transfer credits will not be accepted for the following courses: CMHC 500, 501, 505, 506, 512, 598, 667, and 699. Credit will not be awarded for life experience or continuing education workshops. 

Students in the 48-hour Addictions Counseling program are required to take MAAC 505, 512, and 667 in residence (on campus).

Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.  Liberty University course work that is more than seven (7) years old must be repeated.

LICENSURE
The 48-hour M.A. degree program has been designed to meet academic course work in all areas established by the Virginia Board of Counseling for licensure as a Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Provider (LSATP) in Virginia. Students interested in licensure and/or certification in states other than Virginia are required to contact the licensing boards of those states to obtain copies of their licensing laws and regulations. These will help students ensure they take all courses necessary for licensure or certification in those states.

EVALUATION AND RETENTION
Students are responsible for meeting the academic and professional standards of Liberty University and the counseling profession. The following requirements apply to all students:

  1. Students are expected to use the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) “Code of Ethics,” this Catalog, the Graduate Student Honor Code, and the Liberty Way as guides for their behavior throughout their program. Each of these documents is available for reading and downloading from the respective organizational web sites. Students will undergo periodic evaluation by the Counseling faculty for suitability as students and prospective counselors.
  2. Students must remain in good academic standing, are required to maintain high ethical standards, and must demonstrate evidence of functional competency in fulfilling the professional roles required by the discipline.
  3. Consult specific program sections of this catalog for additional requirements.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
The M.A. in Addiction Counseling program consists of a minimum of hours of coursework that provide students with a thorough background in all areas of addiction counselling, including the integration of faith and practice; individual and group counseling theories and skills; clinical practice; ethical, professional, and legal issues in addiction counseling; social and cultural factors in addiction counseling; appraisal and assessment issues in addiction counseling; and the application of research methodology and statistics to understand mental health issues. Addiction Counseling students take an additional 12 hours of specialized coursework in addiction counseling. Students’ internship experiences must consist of addiction-related work with individuals, couples, or families. These courses and internship experiences prepare those seeking licensure as LSATP in Virginia and/or certification for careers as addiction professionals in mental health agencies, hospital programs, private practices, ministry-related counseling centers, and other public and private facilities.

Detailed information, policies, and procedures regarding the various programs offered are provided in the Student Handbook. Students should familiarize themselves with the Student Handbook before they begin their studies and before they register for classes every semester.

ADMINISTRATIVE DISMISSAL
Students will be eligible for Administrative Dismissal from the Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling if any of the following are true:

  1. It will be mathematically impossible for them to raise their cumulative Graduate GPA to 3.00 with their remaining required courses.
  2. They do not have a cumulative Graduate GPA of at least 3.00 at Gate 2 (Completion of Early Core) or Gate 3 (Practicum).
  3. They have two (2) grades of C+/C/C- applying to their degree and they have applied the repeat policy for the maximum allowed six (6) hours, and they earn two (2) or more additional grades of C+ or lower. 
  4. They earn two (2) grades of D+ or lower.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
To graduate, students in the Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling program must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 48 hours.
  2. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. Have completed their required curriculum with a cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  4. No more than two grades of C (includes grades of C+ & C-) may be applied to the degrees.
  5. No grades of D (includes grades of D+ & D-) may be applied to the degrees.
  6. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  7. Liberty course work that is more than seven (7) years old must be repeated.
  8. The degrees must be completed within seven (7) years.
  9. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Online Only
Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling (M.A.)


Master of Education in School Counseling (M.Ed.)

FORMAT
This program is delivered online (with some required in Residence).

PURPOSE
The M.Ed. in School Counseling program prepares a culturally diverse, global student body to be competent, responsible, and ethical professional school counselors. Our graduates are prepared to meet the holistic needs of diverse students, attending to their cognitive, emotional, spiritual, behavioral, and physical development with a balanced approach that promotes universal and optimal academic achievement and student health and well-being. Program graduates are prepared to seek certification/licensure as school counselors in in public, private, and Christian elementary, middle, and high school settings. The program also provides preparation for individuals desiring to further their education, pursuing higher level graduate degrees in counseling and related fields.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
A graduate of the Master of Education in School Counseling program:

  1. Knows Christian values, moral dimensions, and ethical implications synthesized with academic knowledge
    • Demonstrates a broad base of professional and general knowledge.
    • Conceptualizes a broad spectrum of educational precepts, generalizations, practices, dispositions, points of view, and resources.
  1. Implements skills as a gift from God, because teaching/ leadership is a calling from God
    • Integrates skills in speaking, writing, reading, and listening for effective classroom communication, peer leadership, and professional involvement.
    • Designs and selects a variety of instructional strategies based on the developmental levels and individual needs of the learner.
    • Applies knowledge of content areas and curriculum goals to design and supervise appropriate instruction.
    • Manages classroom climate and procedures to motivate students and maximize learning.
    • Integrates a variety of assessment strategies to improve student learning.
    • Integrates appropriate technology and resources to support instruction and to facilitate professional development opportunities.
    • Demonstrates competence as a consumer of research findings and other information technology resources.
    • Demonstrates skill in critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, and interpersonal skills.
  1. Believes and practices personal integrity, social responsibility, sensitivity to the needs of others, and the betterment of humanity consistent with our mission to prepare competent professionals with a biblical worldview for Christian, public, and private schools
    • Models personal integrity and sensitivity to human needs.
    • Enhances the success of all diverse learners, providing for special needs and diverse backgrounds.
    • Demonstrates behaviors of a reflective practitioner and seeks opportunities for collaboration and professional development.
    • Exerts confident leadership as well as accepts responsibility in the broad field of education.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the General Admission Procedures outlined in this Catalog, applicants to the M.Ed. in School Counseling program must have:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.)
  2. GPA of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale (cautionary admission is an option if the student has at least a 2.50). Students admitted on Academic Caution must take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing in their first semester.
  3. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test).

TRANSFER OF CREDIT
Students may transfer up to 24 hours of coursework into the 48-hour School Counseling program, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty. To be eligible for transfer, course work must have a grade of B- or better, and must have been completed within the previous 10 years.

EVALUATION AND RETENTION
Students are responsible for meeting the academic and professional standards of Liberty University and the counseling profession. The following requirements apply to all students:

  1. Students are expected to use the American Counseling Association “Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice,” the “American School Counselor Association Code of Ethics” this Catalog, the Graduate Student Honor Code, and the Liberty Way as guides for their behavior throughout their program. Students will undergo periodic evaluation by the counseling faculty for suitability as students and prospective counselors.
  2. Students must remain in good academic standing, are required to maintain high ethical standards, and must demonstrate evidence of functional competency in fulfilling the professional roles required by the discipline.
  3. Consult specific program sections of this catalog for additional requirements.

ADMINISTRATIVE DISMISSAL
Students will be eligible for Administrative Dismissal from the Master of Education in School Counseling if any of the following are true:

  1. It will be mathematically impossible for them to raise their cumulative Graduate GPA to 3.00 with their remaining required courses.
  2. They do not have a cumulative Graduate GPA of at least 3.00 at Gate 2, Gate 3, and/or Gate 4. They have two (2) grades of C+/C/C- applying to their degree and they have applied the repeat policy for the maximum allowed six (6) hours, and they earn two (2) or more additional grades of C+ or lower. 
  3. They earn two (2) grades of D+ or lower.

LICENSURE
This program is approved through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is a state-approved program for advanced licensure (reciprocity with other states) or endorsements.

The student must have:

  1. Virginia requires completion of two years of successful full-time teaching or two years of successful experience in guidance and counseling. (Work experience form required.); and
  2. Virginia requires successful completion of Liberty’s M.Ed. in School Counseling which includes an internship in preK-6 and grades 7-12.
  3. Virginia requires certification or documented training in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and             the use of automated external defibrillators (AED); hands-on practice.
  4. Virginia requires completion of the Child Abuse Recognition and Intervention Training.
  5. Virginia requires completion of the Dyslexia training module available on the VDOE website.
  6. Virginia requires a social security number.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Complete a minimum of 48 hours
  2. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. Maintain a 3.00 GPA
  4. No more than two C’s permitted (includes grades of C+ & C-).
  5. No grade of D or below may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-)
  6. More than two C grades of C+/C/C- (or lower) will result in dismissal from the program or a requirement to switch to the Master of Education (MEd) in Teaching and Learning/Student Services Program, which is a non-licensure program.
  7. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  8. Four courses required in Residence
  9. Degree must be completed within 7 years
  10. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  11. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Online Only
Master of Education in School Counseling (M.Ed.)


Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D.)

FORMAT
This program is delivered in 16-week courses which includes one week intensive courses on campus with pre- and post-class online course work.

PURPOSE
Liberty University’s mission to develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact the world is achieved, in significant measure, through offering rigorous academic programs. The mission of the Doctoral Program in Counselor Education and Supervision is to train highly competent counselor educators, supervisors, clinical practitioners, researchers, scholars, and leader-advocates. Faculty in the Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies are committed to collaborative inquiry wherein doctoral students are supported through mentoring in leadership competencies and roles in the counseling field. To facilitate these outcomes, students engage in learning experiences that support them in developing:

  1. Collaborative relationships with faculty and other professionals in the field of counseling
  2. Leadership skills in counselor education, supervision, advanced clinical practice, research and scholarship, and counseling leadership/advocacy
  3. Expertise in an area or areas of professional identity and functioning
  4. Knowledge and skills in developing and disseminating research and scholarship that makes a significant impact on the field and the lives of others
  5. Competency and comfort in participating in professional counseling organizations (i.e., American Counseling Association and its Divisions)

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. The student will be able to apply supervision theory and skills to clinical supervision.
  2. The student will be able to demonstrate course design, delivery, and evaluation methods appropriate to counselor education learning outcomes.
  3. The student will be able to critically analyze and evaluate scholarly research, develop and implement research designs, and produce scholarly reports that disseminate findings to the profession of counseling.
  4. The student will be able to critically analyze, evaluate, and synthesize a broad range of counseling theories, with an advanced understanding of psychopathology, to inform case conceptualization and deliver and evaluate evidence-based interventions across diverse populations and settings.
  5. The student will be able to provide leadership and advocacy within the profession and on behalf of its clientele.
  6. The student will be able to integrate faith and spirituality into counselor education and supervision in an ethical manner.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION PROCEDURES
In addition to the General Admission Procedures outlined in this catalog, doctoral applicants to the Counseling program must have:

  1. Official college transcripts (sealed, unopened copies of Undergrad AND Grad degrees).
  2. A regionally or nationally accredited master’s degree that reveals evidence of fulfilling CACREP entry level standards (our current pre-requisite courses) with a minimum of 3.25 GPA. Applicants who have a regionally accredited masters in a related field (i.e., counseling, psychology, human services) are welcome to apply but, if admitted, will be required to complete all M.A. level pre-requisite courses listed on the Degree Completion Plan before taking any Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision courses.
  3. A cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 or above (on a 4.00 scale) in all previous graduate course work.
  4. GRE or MAT scores - The following minimum scores are recommended: GRE: Total verbal and quantitative score of 900, as well as a 4.0 or better on the analytical writing section (for tests taken before August 2011) or a total verbal and quantitative score of 300, as well as a 4.0 or better on the analytical writing section (for tests taken after August 2011). MAT: Total score of 400 or better (for tests taken in or after October 2004) or a total score of 50 or better (for tests taken before October 2004).
  5. Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and earn a score of 80 on the Internet-based exam for graduate program admission, or 80 on the Internet-based exam for admission. An official TOEFL score report must be submitted to the University before an admission decision can be made. TOEFL Services; The Educational Testing Service; P.O. Box 6151; Princeton, NJ 08541; or online at http://www.toefl.org.
  6. Two recommendations from professionals familiar with applicant’s work and character.
  7. A 300-word Letter of Intent specifying the applicant’s purpose and goals for entering the Ph.D. Program.
  8. Professional vita, indicating counseling licensure, or, a minimum of at least one year of clinical experience in the counseling field.
  9. An APA formatted research paper of 3-5 pages length (not including title page, abstract, and references) on a topic related to clinical mental health counseling.
  10. A Graduate Status Record (available online).
  11. Selected applicants may be required to participate in a Personal Interview with Core Ph.D. Faculty.
  12. Counseling Practicum and Counseling Internship:  Applicants are required to have a 100-hour (40 direct) supervised practicum and 600-hour (240 direct) supervised internship at the master’s level OR equivalent.  All exceptions must be approved by the Director of Clinical Training.  Applicants who have already obtained LPC licensure in their state may be exempt from this policy.

The above are minimum academic requirements for admission to the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program. The applicant’s character, integrity, and general fitness to practice a particular profession will also be considered in the admission process.

TRANSFER OF CREDIT
Students may transfer up to 15 semester hours of Ph.D. coursework. For a transferred course to replace a Liberty University Ph.D. course, the following requirements must be met:

  1. The school at which the course was taken must be appropriately accredited.
  2. The course credit must be at least three semester hours or five quarter hours.
  3. The student must have earned a grade of B- or better in the course.
  4. The course must overlap one of Liberty’s courses by at least 80%.
  5. Transfer credits must have been completed as post-master’s course work (700-900 level) within the previous seven (7) years to be accepted.
  6. Courses with a recorded grade of C+ or below will not be accepted.
  7. Correspondence studies or life experiences will not be accepted for transfer credit.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
The Ph.D. requires completion of a minimum of 66 hours of post-master’s Ph.D. level coursework including Qualifying Examination, post Qualifying Examination, core courses and electives, Practicum, Internship, Candidacy Examination, and Dissertation related coursework and research.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Complete a minimum of 66 hours.
  2. A minimum of 51 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  3. A maximum of 15 hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.
  4. 3.0 GPA
  5. No grades lower than a “B” may be applied to the degree. Any coursework taken toward fulfilling the requirements of the Doctor of Philosophy degree or required by the student’s advisor or committee with a recorded grade below B (includes grades of B+ & B-) will not count toward the degree and may result in dismissal from the program.
  6. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  7. Successful completion of the Qualifying Exam and the Candidacy Exam.
  8. Degree must be completed within 7 years.
  9. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Online Only
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision (Ph.D.)

DEGREE COMPLETION PLANS (DCP) AND COURSE DOCUMENTS
The Degree Completion Plans for the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program is available online at http://www.liberty.edu/dcps, and the Ph.D. documents and other important information are available online at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=673.

CERTIFICATE OF ADVANCED GRADUATE STUDIES
Students will be awarded a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies if they choose not to complete their dissertation. Students awarded a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Counseling must have: (a) been admitted to the Ph.D. program; (b) completed all required coursework, practicum and internship and (c) earned a GPA of 3.00 or better. The awarding of a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies will result in an appropriate notation on the student’s academic record.


Department of Community Care and Counseling

David Hirschman, B.S., M.A.R., M.Div., D.Min.
Associate Dean, Department of Community Care and Counseling
Associate Professor of Religion

PURPOSE
The Department of Community Care and Counseling exists to promote the education and training of future graduates for service and practice in community, agency, and ministry settings. The department is committed to training individuals to be thoroughly competent professionals in the practice of agency and pastoral counseling who demonstrate counseling excellence and best practices undergirded by a Christian worldview. Graduates will be trained for career opportunities in mental health agencies and ministry settings. Doctoral studies will prepare students to seek leadership positions as counselor educators, administrators, supervisors, pastoral counselors, and researchers.

James C. Dobson Center for Child Development, Marriage, & Family Studies
Liberty University has partnered with world-renowned psychologist, author, radio show host, and family expert Dr. James C. Dobson to create Liberty University’s James C. Dobson Center for Child Development, Marriage, & Family Studies.  The goal of the center is to equip men and women with the knowledge to positively impact the family, and society, for Christ.  Whether you are a pastor, counselor, caregiver, teacher, stay-at-home-mom, businessperson, or in any other field, these courses will strengthen your faith and grow your knowledge in the area of the family and family advocacy.  Video lectures integrated into the courses are taught by Dr. Dobson, as well as other distinguished, Christian psychologists and family therapists. The center is offering the following programs:

  • Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling: Dobson Center Family Advocacy, Public Policy, and the Future>
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling: Dobson Center Parent and Child/Adolescent
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling: Dobson Center Marriage and Family Studies.

For more information, please visit: http://www.liberty.edu/online/index.cfm?PID=33578.


PROGRAMS

Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling (M.A.)

FORMAT
This program is delivered both in residential and online.

PURPOSE
The Department of Community Care and Counseling’s (DCCC) Masters of Arts in Human Services Counseling provides students with an academic program designed to educate students in the study of human behavior and application of helping skills. Students will master coursework and review the literature in the field considered essential to the master’s level professional preparation of human service counseling workers who seek to offer services in areas such as leadership, families, addictions and recovery, etc., that are consistent with a Biblical worldview. Though students are encouraged to evaluate their own specific needs and to take advantage of available resources for personal and professional development, the learning outcomes are applicable to all students as they seek a degree relevant to the vast field of human services. The degree does not lead directly to state licensure as a professional counselor, so students will need to examine what their state of residence requires.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate appropriate knowledge in all core curricular areas of human services in preparation for certification and employment.
  2. Conduct research and generate reports appropriate to the discipline.
  3. Integrate Biblical principles with professional human service’s methods in a variety of contexts.
  4. Identify and incorporate ethical and legal standards in the human services arena.
  5. Evaluate basic mental health issues within the scope of competence for human services and appropriately refer clients.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION PROCEDURES
In addition to the General Admission Procedures outlined in this Catalog, applicants to the non-licensure Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling must have:

  1. An earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.);
  2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale).
  3. Applicants for the non-licensure 30-hour M.A. in Human Services Counseling are not required to complete prerequisite work.

Applicants must submit each of the items listed in the General Admissions Procedures to the Office of Graduate Admissions before being considered for acceptance to the program.

TRANSFER OF CREDIT
Students may transfer up to 15 semester hours of coursework into the non-licensure 30-hour Human Services Counseling program. For a transferred course to replace a Liberty University course, the following requirements must be met:

  1. The school at which the course was taken must be appropriately accredited.
  2. The course credit must be at least three semester hours or five quarter hours.
  3. The student must have earned a grade of B or better in the course.
  4. The course must overlap one of Liberty’s courses by at least 80%.

Courses related to psychology and counseling that meet all but the last criterion may be transferred in as elective courses. Course work must have been completed within the previous 10 years. Transfer credits from outside Liberty University will not be accepted for the following courses: HSCO 501 and HSCO 506. Credit will not be awarded for life experience or continuing education workshops.

Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits. Liberty University course work that is more than seven (7) years old must be repeated.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
The Department of Community Care and Counseling (DCCC) offers two master’s-level degree programs. The non-licensure M.A. in Human Services Counseling is designed for professionals from all walks of life dedicated not only to career advancement, but impacting tomorrow’s world and the well-being of others in the spirit of Christian services. While there are some courses that can be done residentially, the program was designed to be done completely online, so all courses are in that format for the students’ convenience. The degree is grounded in a core of courses developed through the Department of Community Care and Counseling (DCCC). The core is reflective of the University’s mission statement and designed to provide the values, knowledge, and skills needed for effective work in the vast field of human services. This degree consists of 18 hours of human services counseling courses and a 12-hour online cognate from such graduate level academic disciplines as Marriage and Family; Crisis Response and Trauma; Addictions and Recovery; Military Resilience and varied human services fields.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
To graduate, students in the non-licensure M.A. in Human Services Counseling programs must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 30 hours.
  2. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. Have completed their required curriculum with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better
  4. No grades of D (includes grades of D+ & D-) may be applied to the Human Services Counseling degree.
  5. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  6. Liberty course work that is more than seven (7) years old must be repeated.
  7. The degree must be completed within five (5) years.
  8. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Residential and Online
Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling (M.A.) - Addictions & Recovery
Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling (M.A.) - Business
Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling (M.A.) - Christian Ministries
Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling (M.A.) - Criminal Justice
Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling (M.A.) - Crisis Response & Trauma
Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling (M.A.) - Executive Leadership
Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling (M.A.) - Dobson Center Family Advocacy, Public Policy & the Future
Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling (M.A.) - Health & Wellness
Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling (M.A.) - Life Coaching
Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling (M.A.) - Dobson Center Marriage & Family Studies
Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling (M.A.) - Military Resilience

The non-licensure Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling program is available with a Cognate in Children, Families, and the Law.  This cognate is open only to currently enrolled Liberty University School of Law J.D. students or Liberty University School of Law Alumni.  For more information on this cognate please see the Liberty University School of Law section of this Catalog.


DEGREE COMPLETION PLANS (DCP)
The Degree Completion Plans for programs offered by the Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies are available online at http://www.liberty.edu/dcps.


Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (M.A.)

PURPOSE
The Department of Community Care and Counseling’s (DCCC) Masters of Arts in Pastoral Counseling provides students with an academic program designed to equip students with a biblical worldview of human behavior and application of helping skills. Students will master coursework and review the literature in the field considered essential to the master’s level preparation of ministry-based workers who seek to offer services in areas such as addictions and recovery, pastoral counselor, marriage and family, leadership, life coaching, etc., that are consistent with a biblical worldview. Students are encouraged to evaluate their own specific needs and to take advantage of available resources for personal and professional development as they seek a degree relevant to the field of pastoral counseling which is a non-licensed profession in the majority of the United States.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast theoretically informed pastoral counseling strategies.
  2. Articulate an understanding of pastoral counseling that rests on solid theological/psychological/spiritual principles.
  3. Integrate critical thinking skills in the practice of Christian scholarship.
  4. Demonstrate an awareness of the role and importance of pastoral counseling within the discipline of Counseling.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission procedures, applicants to the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling must meet the following requirements:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent (in any field) from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S., Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.). Applicants who hold a prior degree from an unaccredited institution may be considered for admission on Academic Caution. Students admitted on Academic Caution are required to take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing their first semester.
  2. First-time applicants are asked to submit a written recommendation from a pastor.
  3. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.0 (on a 4.00 scale).

TRANSFER OF CREDIT
Students may transfer up to 18 hours of coursework into the Pastoral Counseling program. For a transferred course to replace a Liberty University course, the following requirements must be met:

  1. The school at which the course was taken must be appropriately accredited.
  2. The course credit must be at least three semester hours or five quarter hours.
  3. The student must have earned a grade of C- or better in the course.
  4. The course must overlap one of Liberty’s courses by at least 80%.

Courses related to counseling that meet all but the last criterion may be transferred in as elective courses. Course work must have been completed within the previous 10 years. Transfer credits will not be accepted for the following courses: PACO 500, 501, 509, 617, 699. Credit will not be awarded for life experience or continuing education workshops.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the other regulations governing graduation, students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 36 hours.
  2. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. 2.50 GPA
  4. No grade of D may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ and D-)
  5. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  6. Liberty University course work that is more than 7 years old may not be applied towards this degree. Students are required to repeat the course is it has exceeded the age limit.
  7. Degree must be completed within 5 years.
  8. All Resident students are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  9. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  10. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Residential and Online
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (M.A.) - Addictions & Recovery
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (M.A.) - Community Chaplaincy
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (M.A.) - Crisis Response & Trauma
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (M.A.) - Discipleship & Church Ministry
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (M.A.) - Leadership
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (M.A.) - Life Coaching
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (M.A.) - Marriage & Family
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (M.A.) - Marriage & Family Studies
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (M.A.) - Military Resilience
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (M.A.) - Dobson Center Parenting & Child/Adolescent
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (M.A.) - Pastoral Counseling
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (M.A.) - Theology


Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (Ed.D.)

FORMAT
This program is delivered online (with some required intensive courses on campus).

PURPOSE
The purpose of the EdD in Community Care and Counseling is to prepare counselors via the integration of a biblical worldview, relevant research and focused application to serve as educators, administrators, researchers, supervisors, and consultants who demonstrate the highest level of competence and scholarship. Programmatic emphasis on ethical, evidence-based, and biblically grounded practice offers an innovative approach to understanding today's increasingly complex and diverse society.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
A graduate of the Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (Ed.D.) program will be able to:

  1. Synthesize a wide array of theories and relevant research from a biblical worldview.
  2. Assess and incorporate ethical, legal and professional standards in the helping professions.
  3. Compare and contrast current research involving individuals with a broad array of presenting problems in the areas of community, pastoral, and marriage and family counseling.
  4. Formulate theoretical interventions in all core curricular areas of counseling utilizing a biblical worldview and a research-based awareness of industry best practices.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
The Ed.D. program requires completion of a minimum of 57 hours of post-master’s Ed.D. doctoral level coursework including program orientation, core courses, Qualifying Examination, cognate courses, Practicum, Internship, Candidacy Examination, and Dissertation coursework, research, and defense.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION PROCEDURES
In addition to the general admission requirements, specific admission procedures for the Ed.D. are listed below. Submit the following items to the Office of Graduate Admissions prior to registering for any graduate courses. Where noted, forms are available online at: http://www.liberty.edu/apply.

  1. Academic Records. Applicants must submit an official transcript indicating successful completion of a master’s degree program from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Transcripts should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions from all schools previously attended.
  2. A master’s degree in counseling, human services, or a related area is required before enrolling in doctoral-level coursework.
  3. Applicants with a non-counseling master’s degree will be required to complete either COUN 515 or EDUC 518 before taking any Ed.D. coursework.
  4. Applicants lacking a graduate-level statistics course will be required to complete COUN 515 or EDUC 518, or its equivalent.
  5. Ed.D. applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above in their Master’s degree for entrance to the Ed.D.
  6. Professional Vita. Include degrees earned, educational experience, and career goals.
  7. TOEFL scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper-based test, 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test).”
  8. Applicants must submit a 1000-to-1500-word Statement of Purpose answering the following questions:
    1. How has your previous education and/or work experience prepared you for doctoral studies at Liberty University?
    2. What is your goal with regard to pursuing doctoral education at Liberty University?
    3. Please describe the character and values you possess that will help you succeed in your desired field.
  9. Contact information for two recommendations may be requested as an additional requirement on a case-by-case basis.
  10. ADMISSIONS COMMITTEE: Once all of the admissions materials are received, the Graduate Admissions Office will send the student’s file to the Admissions Committee to review. Admission to the program requires the approval of the Ed.D. Admissions Committee, who may also request additional actions prior to admittance, if deemed necessary (e.g., an admissions interviews; additional writing sample, etc.)
  11. NOTIFICATION OF ADMISSION: Official notification of admission, and of any conditions attached to that admission, is made in a letter sent to the applicant by the Ed.D. Admission Committee. Correspondence or notification from other sources does not constitute official notice of admission.

TRANSFER OF CREDIT
All graduate transfer credits are subject to the approval of the Department of Community Care and Counseling Graduate Admissions Committee for the Ed.D. Such courses must carry a grade of at least a B- and be comparable to Liberty University graduate courses. Transfer credit will only be considered from institutions or schools accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. With approval, up to 15 semester hours may be transferred into the Ed.D. program. It is the responsibility of each applicant to supply official transcripts along with a written request to have credit applied to the degree program. Transfer credits must have been completed within the precious seven (7) years.  Credit for life experience and for correspondence courses will not be awarded at the graduate level.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to other regulations governing graduation, as stated in the Liberty University catalog, Ed.D. students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 57 semester hours beyond the master’s degree for Ed.D. (Including dissertation).
  2. A minimum of 42 semester hours of coursework must be taken through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  3. A maximum of 15 hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.
  4. Maintain a 3.00 GPA to remain in the program, with no grade lower than a B-. Students earning a letter grade lower than a B- may be administratively dismissed from the program. While all course grades are averaged into students’ Grade Point Average (GPA), course credit toward degree completion is not granted for a grade of C, D, or F. Any student who earns a grade of D or F in any course will not be permitted to retake the course and will be academically dismissed from the EdD Community Care and Counseling Program.  If a student earns a grade of C in any course in the EdD program, he or she will be allowed to retake two such courses, and placed on Academic and Registration Hold. This policy includes, but is not limited to, integrative core courses, elective courses, or any other required course as determined by faculty. Prerequisite courses taken after admittance into the program will simply require a grade of C or better for completion. The student may petition the Admissions Committee for permission to retake the course by sending them a professionally written letter that:
    1. States the grade received;
    2. Explains why the C was earned;
    3. Expresses understanding of and commitment to the level of scholarship required in the EdD program;
    4. Expresses understanding that his/her EdD program will remain on Hold until he/she repeats the course and earns a grade of B or better; and
    5. Communicates understanding that any subsequent C earned in the EdD program will result in dismissal from the EdD Program).
      The letter of petition should be attached to an email addressed to eddcounadmin@liberty.edu with the subject line stating: Petition for Course Repeat for the EdD Director and the Admissions Committee.  It is the student’s responsibility to initiate sending this letter. Failure to submit the letter within 30 days of receiving the grade will result in an Academic Dismissal from the EdD program. If a student is granted permission to retake the course, any subsequent grade of C earned in the EdD program, beyond the first 2, will result in Academic Dismissal from the Ed.D. Community Care and Counseling program.
  5. All contracts made between the Community Care and Counseling Ed.D. Graduate Committee and the student upon acceptance into the degree program must be satisfied before the degree will be awarded.
    Ed.D. candidates must pass a comprehensive examination upon completion of the course requirements for the program of study. The student is allowed a total of 2 attempts to pass the exam.
  6. Degree must be completed within 7 years.
  7. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAM
A comprehensive examination must be successfully completed prior to submission of the dissertation proposal. Students may have no more than two attempts at passing the comprehensive exam.

DISSERTATION
Before beginning their dissertation research, the doctoral dissertation committee must approve the research proposal. The dissertation is expected to exhibit scholarship, reflect master of technique, and make a distinctive contribution to the field of knowledge in which the candidate has specialized. A faculty committee of at least three (3) members, comprising a chair and at least two (2) other approved members is responsible for the general supervision of the doctoral dissertation. A defense of the dissertation is required for final approval.

Once students enter the dissertation phase of their degree, they must maintain continuous enrollment (Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters) until they complete all degree requirements. If they do not, they will break enrollment, and they will be required to apply for readmission if/when they wish to resume the pursuit of their degree. They will have to complete their degree under the Degree Completion Plan (DCP) in effect at the time of their readmission.

TIME LIMITS FOR DEGREE COMPLETION
The time limit for completing the degree from the date of admission to the program is seven years for the Ed.D. Only in unusual circumstance may the student be granted an extension. Granting of an extension of time will usually result in additional requirements. Any student who does not complete coursework within the permissible time limit, for any reason including discontinues enrollment, must reapply for admission. A student may reapply only once, and will be subject to the current standards and curriculum. The Ed.D. Graduate Committee in the Department of Community Care and Counseling will determine if any previous courses are sufficiently time sensitive and must be repeated. Beginning with the date of readmission, the student’s time limit for degree completion is determined by the number of hours remaining.

SCHEDULING RESIDENTIAL COURSES
All Ed.D. in Community Care and Counseling courses are offered online. The three foundational and six core courses are “intensive optional.”



Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Online Only
Doctor of Education in Community Care & Counseling (Ed.D.) - Marriage & Family Counseling
Doctor of Education in Community Care & Counseling (Ed.D.) - Pastoral Care & Counseling
Doctor of Education in Community Care & Counseling (Ed.D.) - Traumatology


Department of Psychology

Master of Arts in Applied Psychology (M.A.)

FORMAT
This program is delivered online.

PURPOSE
The Master of Arts in Applied Psychology is to provide students foundational training in the study of psychology with the goal of glorifying God by understanding and optimizing human functioning.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Analyze literature within the discipline of psychological science, including major concepts, theories, methodologies, and empirical findings.
  2. Critique and conduct social scientific research.
  3. Apply psychological research to practical problems of behavior and mental processes.
  4. Evaluate psychological research in the context of biblical thought.

Developmental Concentration
The student will be able to use empirical research to evaluate developmental issues across the lifespan.

Industrial Organization Concentration
The student will be able to apply knowledge of psychology to understand human thinking and behavior in organizations.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION PROCEDURES
In addition to the General Admission Procedures outlined in this Catalog, applicants to the Master of Arts in Applied Psychology must have:

  1. An earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.);
  2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 (on a 4.00 scale).
  3. Official transcripts must be provided before admission. Mail official college transcripts (sealed, unopened copy).

TRANSFER OF CREDIT
Students may transfer up to 18 hours of coursework into the Applied Psychology program. For a transferred course to replace a Liberty University course, the following requirements must be met:

  1. The school at which the course was taken must be appropriately accredited.
  2. The course credit must be at least three semester hours or five quarter hours.
  3. The student must have earned a grade of B- or better in the course.
  4. The course must overlap one of Liberty’s courses by at least 80%.

        Courses related to psychology and counseling that meet all but the last criterion may be transferred in as elective courses. Course work must have been completed within the previous 10 years. Transfer credits will not be accepted for the following courses: PSYC 520.

Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits. Liberty University course work that is more than five (5) years old must be repeated.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
To graduate, students in the M.A. in Applied Psychology program must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 36 credit hours.
  2. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. Have completed their required curriculum with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
  4. No grades lower than a C may be applied to the degree.
  5. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  6. Liberty course work that is more than five (5) years old must be repeated. Students are required to repeat the course if it has exceeded the age limit.
  7. The degree must be completed within five (5) years.
  8. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student’s anticipated graduation date.

Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Online Only
Master of Arts in Applied Psychology (M.A.) - Developmental Psychology
Master of Arts in Applied Psychology (M.A.) - Industrial Organizational Psychology


Master of Science in Psychology (M.S.)

FORMAT
This program is delivered both in residence and online.

PURPOSE
The Master of Science in Psychology is designed to give students the knowledge and skills necessary to use the principles and research of human behavior to solve real world problems. The study of psychology is consistent with and complementary to Liberty University's philosophy of education, where God, the infinite source of all truth, has shown us that truth through Scripture, nature, history and above all, in Christ. This notion provides for the discovery of truth about human behavior through the use of the scientific method. Additionally, pursuit of an MS in Psychology aligns students with the University's Mission Statement of encouraging a commitment to the Christian life and all of its virtues, sensitivity to the needs of others, social responsibility and the active communication of the Christian faith that leads others to faith in Jesus Christ as their own personal Savior.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Analyze literature within the discipline of psychological science, including major concepts, theories, methodologies, and empirical findings.
  2. Critique and conduct social scientific research.
  3. Apply psychological research to practical problems of behavior and mental processes.
  4. Evaluate psychological research in the context of biblical thought.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION PROCEDURES
In addition to the General Admission Procedures outlined in this Catalog, applicants to the Master of Science in Psychology must have:

  1. An earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.);
  2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale).
  3. Official transcripts must be provided before admission. Mail official college transcripts (sealed, unopened copy).
  4. Recommendations: Submit contact information for two recommendations. The recommendations should come from former college professors; however, recommendations from supervisors are acceptable from students who have been out of school for a substantial amount of time.
  5. Graduate Record Examination (GRE):  The applicant must have minimum scores of 151 on the Verbal portion, 152 on the Quantitative portion, and 3.5 on the analytic writing portion.

Applicants meeting ALL of the following requirements may be admitted on Academic Caution:

  • An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75 to 2.99 (on a 4.00 scale).
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE), with a GRE Verbal score of 149 to 150 and a GRE Quantitative score of 150 to 151.

Students admitted on Academic caution must take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing their first semester.

PREREQUISITES REQUIREMENTS
Students must complete 12 credit hours in undergraduate psychology which must include general psychology, statistics, research methods, and one additional psychology course. These courses must be completed prior to enrollment in any graduate PSYC course.

TRANSFER OF CREDIT
Students may transfer up to18 hours of coursework into the Psychology program. For a transferred course to replace a Liberty University course, the following requirements must be met:

  1. The school at which the course was taken must be appropriately accredited.
  2. The course credit must be at least three semester hours or five quarter hours.
  3. The student must have earned a grade of B- or better in the course.
  4. The course must overlap one of Liberty’s courses by at least 80%.

Courses related to psychology and counseling that meet all but the last criterion may be transferred in as elective courses. Course work must have been completed within the previous 10 years. Transfer credits will not be accepted for the following courses: PSYC 520 and PSYC 690.

Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits. Liberty University course work that is more than five (5) years old must be repeated.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
To graduate, students in the M.S. in Psychology program must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 36 hours.
  2. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. Have completed their required curriculum with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
  4. No grades lower than a B- may be applied to the degree.
  5. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  6. Liberty course work that is more than five (5) years old must be repeated. Students are required to repeat the course if it has exceeded the age limit.
  7. The degree must be completed within five (5) years.
  8. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Master of Science in Psychology (M.S.) - Developmental Psychology
Master of Science in Psychology (M.S.) - Industrial/Organizational Psychology


School of Behavioral Sciences - Graduate Certificates

The School of Behavioral Sciences offers graduate certificates in several areas of study through Liberty University Online.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS   
Please refer to the Admissions Requirements Matrix for Certificates in the Graduate Admissions section of this Catalog.

CERTIFICATE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

  1. A minimum of 9 total hours (the Graduate Certificate in Military Resilience requires 18 hours).
  2. All courses must be completed through Liberty University.
  3. 2.0 GPA
  4. No grade of D (includes grades of D+ & D-) may be applied to the certificate.
  5. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  6. Certificate must be completed within 3 years.
  7. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
    Note: Students who want to apply certificate courses to a graduate or seminary degree program will have to abide by the GPA and grade requirements of that degree program.

Graduate Certificate in Military Resilience

PURPOSE
The Certification in Military Resilience is designed to train and assist those who wish to work with the active military family or veterans or those who already work in this area. The course work addresses unique issues that military families and individuals face. This certification will enhance various degrees, such as M.R.E., M.Div., or even an undergraduate degree such as psychology. This certification will not lead to licensure.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the impacts of military and civilian culture on families.
  2. Create ethical and legal treatment plans consistent with a sound theoretical orientation.

Delivery Format: Online Only
Military Resilience


Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counseling

Delivery Format: Online Only
Pastoral Counseling


CERTIFICATE COMPLETION PLANS
Certificate Completion Plans (CCP) can be accessed online at http://www.liberty.edu/academics/registrar/index.cfm?PID=2981.



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