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States with Unique Board Requirements

Licensure Information

The 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 University 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 an 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.


CACREP Requirements

The following states require or will require a CACREP Accredited Degree to pursue state licensure. *For specific licensure requirements and timelines refer to your state licensure board.

Arkansas

As of July 1, 2017, graduation from a CACREP accredited program is currently required for licensure.

Kentucky

Kentucky's board has confirmed CACREP is a requirement for licensure moving forward after January 2020.

North Carolina

North Carolina's board has confirmed CACREP is a requirement for licensure moving forward after January 2022.

Ohio

While Ohio's board has confirmed that those who received an in-state degree and apply for licensure after January 1, 2018, will need to have completed a CACREP accredited degree, applicants who received an online or out-of-state degree, such as Liberty University's Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, are not required to have earned a CACREP accredited degree, but will be required to complete a counselor course worksheet to confirm that all of the necessary academic areas have been covered. See below for additional educational requirements.

Utah

As of July 1, 2017, graduation from a CACREP accredited program is currently required for licensure.


State Boards with Unique Licensure Requirements

California

The Department of Counselor Education 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 M.A. in Professional Counseling program on or after Aug. 1, 2012 or who enrolled in the program before Aug. 1, 2012, but do not graduate before Dec. 31, 2018, take COUN 610, COUN 630, and a course in Psychopharmacology (not currently offered at Liberty University) in order to meet the CBBS content requirements. 

The MA: Marriage and Family Therapy degree is not approved by the state of California.

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 Department of Counselor Education 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 M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program only. Louisiana will not accept Liberty’s M.A. 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.

Michigan

Students seeking LPC licensure in Michigan are required to complete a counseling consulting course. Liberty does not require or offer a counseling consulting course for any of our degree programs. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that they meet the consulting requirement for licensure in Michigan. After further research, the Practicum and Internship Office has found that COUN 605 has been accepted by the board to satisfy the consulting requirement.  However, keep in mind that should students choose to utilize this course (if they previously completed it) or choose to enroll and complete COUN 605, the Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies cannot guarantee the board will accept it. Changes may have been made to what the board is specifically looking for with regard to this requirement, but the department does want to make students aware that it may be an option. 

Mississippi

Mississippi is a problem state for the M.A. 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 M.A. in Professional Counseling from receiving licensure, but students must verify this information with the state.

Missouri

Missouri only accepts CACREP-accredited online degrees for licensure.

New Hampshire

Students are required to have a minimum of one academic year of full-time academic graduate study in mental health counseling in residence of the institution granting the degree.

New York

The Department of Counselor Education 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. Liberty University is approved to place Mental Health Counseling (MHC) and Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) interns in NYS through September 1, 2018. After that date, only CACREP accredited MHC programs and COAMFTE accredited MFT programs may place interns in NYS.

  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • 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 Marriage and Family Therapy program.
  • The 600 hours required for an 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 an NYS-licensed and registered supervisor.
  • Liberty University will ensure that the setting and activities are consistent with New York State regulations and laws associated with these professions and the internship supervisor will hold appropriate New York State licensure.

Ohio

The Department of Counselor Education 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.” COUC 800 is now offered to master’s students as EDCO 800. See above for CACREP requirements.

Oklahoma 

The Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies has received specific communication from the Oklahoma State Board of Behavioral Health stating that the Board does not accept COUN 500 and COUN 506.

COUN 598 is now COUN 698 and COUN 503 is now COUN 515. The Oklahoma Board accepts these courses.

Students will need to take 2 additional courses to meet the Oklahoma State Board of Behavioral Health licensure requirements.

Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Department of Health in its rules and regulations for licensed mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists has specific requirements for practicum and internship which are beyond Liberty’s requirements. Contact the Practicum/Internship Department for more information at practicum@liberty.edu.

Wisconsin

The Masters of Arts in Addiction Counseling (MAAC) is not a pre-certified program for substance abuse counselors in Wisconsin.

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