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State Requirements

Licensure Information

The 48-hour Addictions Counseling, 60-hour Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree (formerly Professional Counseling) and Marriage and Family Counseling (residential)/Marriage and Family Therapy (online) degrees are designed to lead to professional licensure or certification 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, which differ between licensure types (LPC vs. LMFT)
  • 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. Please reference our States with Unique Requirements page for further information.


Requirements by State

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Illinois

Montana

Educational Requirements: A 60 semester hour (or 90 quarter hour) counseling-in-nature graduate degree from an accredited institution which includes specific coursework and a 6 semester hour advanced counseling practicum.

Or Applicants may apply for licensure with a minimum of 45 semester hours (67.5 quarter hours) master’s degree in counseling which includes specific coursework and a 6-semester hour advanced counseling practicum. Applicants must complete the remaining hours within 5 years of the original application approval date. Applicants are not eligible for full licensure nor are they eligible to test until the hours are completed.

Experiential Requirements: 3,000 hours of supervised counseling experience, 1,500 hours of which must be post-degree. 1,000 of the 1,500 hours must be direct client contact (250 can be group). Must have 1 hour of supervision for every 20 hours. Supervision must be under a licensed professional counselor or licensed allied mental health professional who has had 20 clock hours of supervision training and the agreement has been approved by the board.

Exam Required: NCE

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

Educational Requirements: Minimum of 60 graduate semester hours which includes a master’s degree in counseling from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (45 of the 60 graduate semester hours must be distributed in 8 of the 9 defined course content areas). As of April 20, 2006, an acceptable graduate degree means that the word “counseling” or the word “counselor” appears in the title of the graduate degree awarded and that the institution offering the degree states in the catalog or in another format acceptable to the committee that the purpose of the graduate degree is to prepare students for the professional practice of counseling.

Experiential Requirements: New Jersey offers LCMHC and LPC. See requirements below.

  • LCMHC – Already holds an LPC Certification from the Academy of Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselors or any successor thereto; passage of a comprehensive qualifying examination prepared by the Academy; evidence satisfactory to the committee that the clinical mental health counselor has satisfied the continuing education requirements of the committee; and, evidence satisfactory to the committee that certification of the clinical mental health counselor has been renewed by the Academy 2 years/3,000 of postgraduate’s degree supervised field experience, 100 hours of face-to-face supervision.
  • LPC – 3 years of full-time supervised counseling experience in a professional counseling setting, 1 year of which may be obtained prior to the granting of the master’s degree. 1 year/1,500 hours of experience may be eliminated by substituting 30 graduate semester hours beyond the master’s degree. In no case may an applicant have less than 1 year of postmaster’s supervised work experience.

Exam Required: NCE

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Iowa

Kansas

Indiana

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Educational Requirements: Minimum of 60 graduate semester hours in counseling or a related field from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. This includes a minimum 48-semester credit master’s degree in mental health counseling or a related field, including a practicum (100 hours), an internship (600 hours), and coursework in each of the 10 content areas as defined by the board. OR hold a current Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) credential issued by NBCC.

Experiential Requirements: 2 years/3,360 hours of full-time postgraduate’s supervised clinical experience in mental health counseling after obtaining 60 graduate semester hours. To include 960 hours of direct client contact (250 hours may be group client contact) and 130 hours of supervision (75 hours must be individual supervision and 25 hours must be under an LMHC). These hours do not include the pre-master’s practicum and internship supervision requirements.

Exam Required: NCMHC

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher in counseling, counseling psychology, clinical psychology, or school psychology from a regionally accredited college/university, with at least 48 semester hours reflecting the CACREP or CORE curriculum and a practicum, internship, or field experience consisting of 6 semester hours in the practice of counseling.

Experiential Requirements: 2 years/3,000 hours of postmaster’s continuous counseling experience (full or part-time), to be completed within 60 months. 1,200 hours must be direct client contact. 30 hours of postgraduate’s study may be substituted for 1,500 of the 3,000 hours. If obtained a doctorate or specialist’s degree: 1 year/1,500 hours of counseling experience (full or part-time), to be completed within 36 months. 600 hours must be direct client contact. For both degree paths: 15 hours of supervised counseling experience per week is required, with 1 hour a week of face-to-face supervision. If electronic supervision is continuously interactive, it can count towards required hours. Supervision must be under an LPC or licensed psychologist or psychiatrist approved and registered with the board.

Exam Required: NCE

Ohio

Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher in mental health counseling from a “CACREP equivalent” program, or the content equivalent, with at least 60 semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours). For applicants who entered program of study prior to July 1, 2010: 45 semester hours (or
60 quarter hours) are required. Degree must be from a nationally accredited college or university. OR hold a current Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) credential issued by NBCC (meets educational and experience requirements). For applicants who did not graduate from CACREP accredited mental health counseling program as of July 1, 2012, they will need to submit to an education review.

Experiential Requirements: 2 years/3,000 hours of full-time supervised postgraduate work experience in mental health counseling, including 1,500 hours of direct client contact and 200 hours of clinical supervision concurrent with the work experience. At least 100 of the 200 hours of clinical supervision must be individual supervision. For applicants who entered program of study prior to July 1, 2010: 2 years of full-time supervised postgraduate work experience in mental health counseling, including 200 hours of clinical supervision concurrent with 1,000 hours of mental health counseling conducted in person with individuals, couples, and families. At least 100 of the 200 hours of clinical supervision must be individual supervision or hold a current Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) credential issued by NBCC (meets experience requirements).

Exam Required: NCE, NCMHCE, or CRCE

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher with an emphasis in mental health counseling from a CACREP accredited program, “or equivalent program” from an accredited institution that includes specific coursework and a supervised practicum (100 hours) and internship (600 hours). 48 semester hours required for LPC licensure; 60 semester hours or completion of all required coursework for LPC-MH licensure.

Experiential Requirements: South Dakota offers LPC-MH and LPC. See requirements below.

LPC-MH – Must already possess the 1st level LPC credential; and 2 years/2,000 hours of postmaster’s direct client contact in a clinical setting and 100 hours of direct supervision, at least 50 hours of which shall be face-to-face. 1,000 hours of postgraduate’s direct client contact hours and 50 hours of face-to-face supervision earned under the LPC credential may be counted toward these requirements if LPC-MH supervision conditions were met.

LPC – 2,000 hours of postgraduate’s counseling experience, with 800 hours of direct client contact and 100 hours of direct supervision, at least 50 hours of which shall be face-to-face.

Exam Required:

  • LPC-MH – NCMHCE
  • LPC – NCE

Tennessee

Texas

Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher in professional counseling or related field from an accredited college/university consisting of 48 graduate semester hours. Completion of specific coursework and a 300 clock hour supervised practicum with at least 100 hours of direct client contact. Counseling related field: a mental health discipline utilizing human development, psychotherapeutic, and mental health principles including, but not limited to, psychology, psychiatry, social work, marriage, and family therapy, and guidance and counseling. Non-counseling related fields include, but are not limited to, sociology, education, administration, dance therapy and theology. *60 semester hours will be required beginning in 2017.

Experiential Requirements: 3,000 hours of postgraduate’s supervised experience, including 1,500 hours of direct client contact. Supervision must be under a board approved LPC.

Exam Required: NCE and Texas Jurisprudence Exam.

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

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Puerto Rico

Educational Requirements: Master’s degree or higher in counseling from an institution accredited by the Council of Higher Education of Puerto Rico—45 credit hours required. Specific coursework required in 8 out of 10 areas.

Experiential Requirements: Completion of a minimum of 500 hours postgraduate’s practice supervised by a Certified Mentor. Upon approval of the exam required, the board shall issue a provisional license.

Exam Required: NCE

Washington D.C.