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Introduction 

The Family Counseling, M.A., offered through the Department of Counselor Education, fulfills the educational requirements for the two levels of licensure as a professional counselor in the State of Illinois, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and two levels of licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Illinois, Associate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (ALMFT) and the Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).

Graduates of this program also meet the educational requirements for Clinical Membership in the the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. The Family Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through the year 2024. In addition, the program’s graduate students are eligible to sit for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) during their last year of study. A passing score on the NCE is one of the requirements for the LPC or LCPC. Graduates from the Family Counseling Program are eligible to sit for the AMFTRB National Marriage and Family Therapist Exam.

Credit hours required: 60 

ADMISSION INFORMATION

The program admits students for the fall and spring semesters.

Program Benefits 

The Department of Counselor Education is housed within the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education. The College offers flexible day, evening and weekend classes. The Department offers flexible evening classes.

Students in Counselor Education receive personalized attention from skilled professors in small class sizes, and gain valuable connections in the counseling field at local, national and international levels.

Northeastern offers an affordable tuition and convenient urban locations accessible by car or public transportation.

Career Options 

The Family Counseling program prepares students for employment in such settings including, but not limited to:

  • marriage and family counseling clinics
  • crisis centers
  • youth agencies
  • court services
  • community counseling services
  • chemical dependency programs
  • hospitals

​​For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information 

Take a closer look at the Master of Arts in Family Counseling and the courses offered toward the degree.

Family Counseling, M.A.

Department and Contact Information 

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Counselor Education at (773) 442-5550 or counsedu@neiu.edu.

Counselor Education

About Northeastern 

Northeastern Illinois University is home to students from all corners of the world and is one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation. Our small class sizes, flexible schedules and dedicated faculty can help you succeed in your studies.

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