Master of Science in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling

The Walden University Master of Science in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling (“MCFC”) program is designed to prepare graduates to practice as a licensed professional counselor (“LPC”) or licensed mental health counselor (“LMHC”) in many states. However, each state board responsible for the regulation of mental health counseling has its own requirements for licensure including appropriate accreditation of academic programs.

Walden MCFC graduates may apply for licensure as a professional counselor, such as the LPC or LMHC, in many states. However, each state issues its own credential for an individual to be permitted to practice as a licensed professional counselor or mental health counselor in that state. While Walden can provide general information relating to the state-by-state educational requirements for mental health or professional counseling licensure or certification, it remains the student’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all current requirements relating to field education experiences, licensing or certification, authorization or endorsement for the state in which she or he resides.

Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of its coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure, certification, authorization, endorsement, or other state credential. Licensure eligibility determinations are ultimately determined by the state board that issues the credential to practice.

Prospective students enrolling in licensure-leading programs are advised that relocation to another state may impact the student’s ability to complete field experiences and/or to obtain professional licensure, certification or other credential in the state to which they relocate. Prospective students are advised to carefully review, evaluate and understand the current requirements of the applicable licensure board in the state in which they intend to relocate.

Please refer to the chart below for state professional licensure eligibility status for Walden’s MS in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling program. Please remember that licensure eligibility determinations are ultimately determined by the appropriate state board that issues the credential to practice, and prospective students should visit their state board’s website for the most updated and accurate information.

State Academic Program Meets Licensure Requirements?
Alabama Yes
Alaska Yes
Arizona Yes
Arkansas Yes, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements*
California Yes, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements*
Colorado Yes
Connecticut Yes
Delaware Yes, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements*
District of Columbia Yes, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements*
Florida Yes, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements*
Georgia Yes, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements*
Hawaii Yes, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements*
Idaho Yes
Illinois Yes
Indiana Yes
Iowa Yes, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements*
Kansas Yes
Kentucky Yes, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements*
Louisiana Yes, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements*
Maine Yes
Maryland Yes, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements*
Massachusetts Yes, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements*
Michigan Yes
Minnesota Yes, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements*
Mississippi Yes, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements*
Missouri Program not offered in this state
Montana Yes
Nebraska Yes
Nevada Yes, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements*
New Hampshire No
New Jersey Yes
New Mexico Yes, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements*
New York Program not offered in this state
North Carolina Yes, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements*
North Dakota Program not offered in this state
Ohio Program not offered in this state
Oklahoma Yes, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements*
Oregon Yes, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements*
Pennsylvania Yes
Puerto Rico Program not offered in this state
Rhode Island Yes
South Carolina Yes, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements*
South Dakota Yes
Tennessee Yes, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements*
Texas Yes, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements*
Utah Yes, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements*
Vermont Yes, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements*
Virginia Yes, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements*
Washington Yes
West Virginia Yes
Wisconsin Yes, provided students complete additional coursework or other requirements*
Wyoming Yes

*“Additional coursework or other requirements” can include courses and/or additional face-to-face instructional hours required by the applicable state as part of professional licensure requirements, which are not included within the standard program of study. Students may add these additional courses or instructional hours to their Walden program of study at an additional cost. Costs for the additional courses may vary, depending on the requirements and may be covered by student financial aid. Students should always check with their state board to verify course and face-to-face instructional hour requirements.

October 11, 2018

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