The 48 and 60 hour Professional Counseling and Marriage and Family Counseling degrees are designed to lead to professional licensure as outlined by individual state boards of counseling. Before enrolling in a licensure program at Liberty University, students should consult the rules and regulations regarding Professional Counseling and/or Marriage and Family Therapy for their particular state. More specifically, students should be aware of the following before enrolling in one of Liberty University’s counseling programs:
*To obtain your state’s web address, view State Licensure Boards
Enrollment in one of the M.A. licensure programs does not guarantee a degree from Liberty or qualification for professional licensure. Students are responsible for meeting all academic and professional requirements for graduation. Further information regarding these academic and professional requirements is outlined in this handbook. Students enrolled in a M.A. counseling licensure program are responsible for knowing the material outlined in this handbook. Further, it is the sole responsibility of the student, not the program, to obtain information regarding prerequisites for licensure as outlined by their particular state board of counseling or marriage and family therapy.
At this time the Center of Counseling and Family Studies is seeking acceptance from the AR board of licensure.
Liberty’s 48- and 60-hour MA in Professional Counseling programs may meet the statutory regulations of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences for students from California who began the counseling program prior to 8/1/2012. For these students, the California Board of Behavioral Sciences requires certain courses in addition to the courses that are outlined in Liberty’s 48- and 60-hour MA in Professional Counseling programs. Students must review the statutes and regulations of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences for clarification on the requirements for LPCC licensure in California.
At this time, the Center of Counseling and Family Studies is seeking acceptance from the California Board of Behavioral Sciences for Liberty’s 48- and 60-hour MA in Professional Counseling programs for students who have begun their counseling program on or after 8/1/2012.
Illinois requires several courses to be done in a residential format. Thus, our standard online degree format does not meet the residency requirements for this state.
Kansas requires several courses to be done in a residential format. Thus, our standard online degree format does not meet the residency requirements within this state.
Louisiana is a problem state for the MA in Marriage and Family Therapy program only. Louisiana will not accept Liberty’s MA LMFT degree program track to seek LMFT licensure because Liberty’s program is not accredited by COAMFTE or CACREP, nor is the university seeking these accreditations for MFT at this time.
Mississippi is a problem state for the MA in Marriage and Family Therapy only. Mississippi will not accept Liberty’s MAFT degree because Liberty’s program is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Therapy Education, nor is the university currently seeking this accreditation. Mississippi’s regulations do not indicate that this policy will prevent a student in Liberty’s MA in Professional Counseling from receiving licensure, but students must verify this information with the state.
Missouri does not accept online degrees/programs for licensure.
Students are required a minimum of one academic year of full-time academic graduate study in mental health counseling in residence of the institute granting the degree.
The Rhode Island Department of Health in its rules and regulations for licensing mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists has specific requirements for practicum and internship which are beyond Liberty’s requirements. Please contact the Practicum/Internship Department for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.