2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (December 2014) 
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2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (December 2014) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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M.S. in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling

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The M.S. in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program at Walden University is designed to provide students with all the educational competencies and skill development as entry-level professional counselors who specialize in preventing and remediating conflicts or crises in and fostering the development of individuals, marriages, couples, and families and to provide students with the advantage of quality distance education and training. With an emphasis on systems theory and evidence-based practice, the program trains individuals to work in a culturally and contextually appropriate way in a variety of settings, including community agencies, county and state agencies, hospitals, and private practice, and to provide consultation to businesses and agencies.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Engage in ethical and legal practices as a marriage, couple, and family (MCF) counselor.
  2. Work successfully with couples and families from multicultural and diverse backgrounds.
  3. Promote diversity and advocacy as related to the work of a marriage, couple, and family counselor.
  4. Employ various assessment techniques to appropriately intervene in meeting the needs of diverse clientele.
  5. Evaluate evidence-based research to inform practice in meeting the needs of couples and families from multicultural and diverse backgrounds.
  6. Apply preventive, developmental, and wellness strategies to strengthen couples and family systems.

Students will also be able to:

  1. Develop a professional orientation and identity as a counselor.
  2. Effectively address the social and cultural diversity issues that impact the counseling process.
  3. Synthesize theories of human growth and development to develop culturally responsive counseling practices.
  4. Apply theories and models of career development to related life factors, which affect an individual’s lifestyle and mental health.
  5. Utilize major counseling theories to develop an empirically based, personal theoretical orientation that integrates theory and best practices.
  6. Apply theoretical and experiential principles of group work to develop targeted interventions within group contexts.
  7. Evaluate and interpret individual and group assessment in a multicultural society.
  8. Utilize research methods commonly used in the counseling profession.
  9. Demonstrate skills in applying principles of advocacy toward promoting cultural understanding and positive social change in individuals, communities, and society.
  10. Achieve personal growth and sustainability in the profession.


Degree Requirements

  • 90 total credits for General Program (100 cr. with optional 10-credit specialization)
  • Core courses (81 cr.)
  • Optional specialization courses (10 cr.)
  • Field experience (9 cr.: 100-hour practicum; 600-hour internship)
  • Professional Development Plan, program of study, licensure plan
  • 12 days of academic residency (two 6-day residencies)


The M.S. in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling consists of core coursework, a practicum, an internship, and two 6-day residencies. Core courses must be taken in the order presented. Additional courses may be taken at the end of the program of study to provide breadth and depth of learning. 

Note on Licensure

Professional Accreditation
The M.S. in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP accreditation attests to the quality and relevancy of Walden’s program—a program that helps provide students with the skills and credibility to maximize their impact on the profession. In addition, earning a degree that is CACREP-accredited helps to streamline the licensing application process and provides students with an advantage when applying to doctoral programs.The program was developed to be in line with CACREP national standards for preparing professional counselors with expertise in working with couples and families.


Walden University’s M.S. in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), which is a requirement for licensure in some states. The M.S. in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program is designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for licensing exams and to meet the academic licensure requirements of many state counseling boards. Because no graduate program can guarantee licensure upon graduation, we encourage students to consult the appropriate agency to determine specific requirements. Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure or endorsement. For more information about licensure, students should visit the National Board for Certified Counselors at http://www.nbcc.org/stateboardmap and contact the appropriate licensing body. International students are encouraged to identify and contact their appropriate licensing body.


Program Data

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