States with Unique Board Requirements

Licensure Information

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:

  • State regulations regarding licensure opportunities if an applicant has a previous felony conviction.
  • State regulations regarding the type and number of academic courses and practicum/internship hours.
  • The state accreditation requirements for educational institutions.
  • The state regulations and requirements for online graduate education programs.

*To obtain your state’s web address, view State Licensure Boards

Disclosure Statement

Enrollment in one of the M.A. licensure programs does not guarantee a degree from Liberty or qualification for professional licensure. Students are responsible for meeting all academic and professional requirements for graduation. Further information regarding these academic and professional requirements is outlined in the M.A. handbook.  Students enrolled in a M.A. counseling licensure program are responsible for knowing the material outlined in the M.A. handbook. Further, it is the sole responsibility of the student, not the program, to obtain information regarding prerequisites for licensure as outlined by their particular state board of counseling or marriage and family therapy.

The information provided below is subject to change without notice. Liberty University is not responsible for knowing when changes occur. Additionally, there might be other states with unique licensure requirements.


State Boards with Unique Licensure Requirements

California

The Center for Counseling and Family Studies has received specific communication from the California Board of Behavioral Sciences which requires that Liberty online students who enroll in the 60-Hour MA in Professional Counseling program on or after August 1, 2012 or who enrolled in the program before August 1, 2012 but do not graduate before December 31, 2018 take COUN 610, COUN 630, and COUC 712 in order to meet the CBBS content requirements. These courses are only offered in the intensive format.

The Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies will be applying to seek approval for the M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy program.

Illinois

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.

Indiana

The Center for Counseling and Family Studies has received specific communication from the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensure Board indicating that Liberty’s COUN 605 covers the Board’s “Contextual Dimensions” requirements.

Kansas

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

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

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

Missouri does not accept online degrees/programs for licensure.

New Hampshire

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.

New York

The Center for Counseling and Family Studies has received specific communication from the New York State Education Department, Division of Professional Education, and wants to make you aware of the following stipulations needed to fulfill the requirements of the NY Education Department.

  • For students in the M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy program, site supervisors “must be licensed and registered in New York State to practice Marriage and Family Therapy, medicine, as a physician assistant, psychology, licensed clinical social work, or as a registered professional nurse or nurse practitioner and competent in the practice of Marriage and Family Therapy, or must have the equivalent qualifications as determined by the Department for experience completed in another jurisdiction.” (http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/mhp/mftlic.htm#exp).
  • For students in the M.A. in Professional Counseling program, site supervisors “must be licensed and registered in New York State to practice Mental Health Counseling, medicine, as a physician assistant, psychology, licensed clinical social work, or as a registered professional nurse or nurse practitioner and competent in the practice of Mental Health Counseling, or must have the equivalent qualifications as determined by the Department for experience completed in another jurisdiction.” (http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/mhp/mhclic.htm#exp).
  • The site supervisor must be employed by the site. Off-site supervision is not allowed for interns in NYS.
  • Private Practice is not allowed by NYS as a site for practicum and internship.
  • As stated in the program handbooks, if you do not obtain the required 600 hours in the first semester of internship, you will be required to complete an additional semester beyond what is listed in the sample Degree Completion Plan (DCP) schedules. Consequently, this could result in your education program exceeding the typical length of 60 credits.
  • For students in the M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, be aware that NYS requires a minimum requirement of 300 direct client contact hours. In order to qualify for licensure in NY, you must meet your NYS requirements which are beyond the 240 hours required by Liberty’s M.A. in MFT program.
  • The 600 hours required for internship for the Mental Health Counseling program and the 300 client contact hours required for the Marriage and Family Therapy program are part of the degree program in a placement made by the school under a NYS-licensed and registered supervisor.

 

Ohio

The Center for Counseling and Family Studies has received specific communication from the Counselor, Social Work, & Marriage and Family Therapists Board indicating that COUC 800 meets the requirement for “Evaluation of Mental & Emotional Disorders.”

Rhode Island

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 practicum@liberty.edu.