The Certificate in Couple and Family Counseling, offered through the Department of Counselor Education, offers a 6 course program leading to the Certificate in Couple and Family Counseling (CFC). Students who complete the CFC program are eligible to accrue hours of supervised clinical experience and complete the National Marriage and Family Therapy Exam as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the State of Illinois.

Credit hours required: 18


The program admits students for fall, spring, and summer semesters.

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Program Benefits

The Department of Counselor Education is housed within the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education. 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 Graduate Certificate in Couple and 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 Graduate Certificate in Couple and Family Counseling and the courses offered toward the program.

Couple and Family Counseling, Graduate Certificate

Department and Contact Information

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

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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