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The Master of Arts in Counseling meets the requirements of various state licensure boards, enabling graduates to sit for licensure exams and, upon passing, to practice a in a variety of settings with a temporary license until licensure requirements are fully met.
It is imperative that students understand that the degree program meets academic requirements for licensure, but additional requirements are necessary to satisfy state board expectations.
The Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) track requires 48 credit hours of coursework designed to meet the academic requirements necessary for LPC licensure in the state of Texas, and includes 6 credit hours of practicum experience.
To become licensed in Texas as an LPC, graduates must pass the National Counselor Examination (NCE), pass the jurisprudence examination, and complete 3,000 hours of counseling in a post-graduate internship under the supervision of a Board-approved supervisor. (The post-graduate internship is in addition to the practicum experience that is a required part of LeTourneau's program.)
The Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) track requires 45 credit hours designed to meet LMFT licensure requirements in the state of Texas, and includes 9 credit hours of practicum experience.
To become licensed in Texas as an LMFT, graduates must pass the national licensure examination administered by the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB) or the State of California marriage and family therapy licensure examination, the jurisprudence examination, and complete two years of work in marriage and family therapy services that includes at least 3,000 hours of practice acceptable to the Board (at least 1,500 hours of direct clinical services, 750 of which must include services to couples or families).
Students may choose to complete academic requirements for both the LPC and LMFT licenses. This dual licensure track requires a total of 60 credit hours, including 9 credit hours of practicum experience and 6 credit hours of approved electives.
Students may increase marketability, career options, and clientele with this option. The dual licensure track also meets the 60-semester hour criteria required by many other states, making it a viable option for students seeking licensure outside of Texas.
Many states have a 60-hour coursework requirement for LPC licensure, and reciprocity does not exist between states.
Students not seeking dual licensure also have the option to complete elective courses and add distinctive elements to their declared program.