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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.

The information provided below is subject to change without notice. For this reason you should contact the state board from which you are seeking licensure for the most current and complete information. 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

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Iowa

Kansas

Indiana

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Idaho

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

More Opportunities

Puerto Rico

Washington D.C.

State Boards with Unique Licensure Requirements

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 Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensure Board stipulates a “Contextual Dimensions” requirement.  Liberty does not offer a contextual dimensions course for any of our degree programs. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they meet the contextual dimensions requirement for licensure in Indiana.

Kansas
Louisiana
Michigan
Missouri

Marriage & Family Therapy: No online programs will be accepted for licensure.

New Hampshire
New York
Ohio
Oklahoma
Rhode Island
Wisconsin