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Licensure Support

Adler University works to provide resources to our students and alumni in support of the licensure process. Below are some basic guidelines on application and licensure in the state of Illinois. Please review this information thoroughly. If you require more detailed, step-by-step instructions, please submit an email to with the subject line: “LPC/LCPC Licensure Application Process guidelines” and request the instructions.

Counselor Licensure in Illinois

Art Therapists

The registered art therapist (ATR) and board certified art therapist (ATR-BCO) are the recognized standards for the field of art therapy.  To obtain more information about ATR and ATR-BC, please contact the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB).


The curriculum and supervised training of the MCFT program are intended to help graduates meet the educational requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Illinois. Licensure requirements can vary significantly from state to state in their expectations of practicum hours and coursework. Students are strongly encouraged to review the licensing requirements in any state in which they would anticipate practicing. MCFT students complete a practicum as part of their degree requirement including 100 hours of supervision with an AAMFT Approved Supervisor or Supervisor Candidate. This 100 hours of supervision can also be used towards LMFT licensure requirements in the state of Illinois. Additionally, the Master’s Qualifying Exam for degree completion is intended to prepare students for the licensure exam.

Doctoral students in Couple and Family Therapy (DCFT) must be licensed or eligible for licensure as a LMFT in the state of Illinois. Applicants without this can be admitted as a doctoral student but must first complete the requisite coursework for eligibility – this will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the Department Chair. Students not meeting this requirement will take the requisite CFT courses in the first year of their doctoral program. Client contact (practicum and internship) and supervision, done post the eligible master’s degree, to fulfill the doctoral requirements can be counted as hours towards licensure should it meet all the state and program requirements.

Information regarding licensure as an LMFT in the state of Illinois can be found at the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations website for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Information regarding the licensing exam can be found at the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards National Exam.


Education requirements (link below) for the LPC include: M.A. in Counseling, Psychology or related field (minimum 48 semester hours with at least one three credit hour course in 13 different areas, or a doctoral degree). Additionally, 700 hours of M.A. practicum/intern experience is required. Post-masters experience is not required. You must pass the NCE exam for licensure.

Application Process

Complete LPC application packet and mail to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations. Your terminal degree is posted on your official transcript.

Packet applications include:

  • Four-page application form
  • Certification of Education (please obtain form from the state’s professional regulations website and submit to the Office of the Registrar,, for completion)
  • Academic Criteria form
  • Conviction Criminal Act (CCA) form
  • Official (sealed) transcripts
  • Course descriptions (from online catalog)
  • NCE scores (if you took it at the Adler University, request your scores from NBCC)
  • Application fee ($150)


Education requirements for the LCPC include: M.A. in Counseling, Psychology or related field (minimum 48 semester hours with at least one three credit hour course in 13 different areas, or a doctoral degree. Additionally, 700 hours of MA practicum/intern experience and two years of supervised post-MA experience are required. You must pass the NCMHCE exam for this license.

Educational requirements

LPC and LCPC licensure in Illinois requires a minimum of three credit hours in these areas:

Human Growth and Development
Counseling Theory
Counseling Techniques
Group Dynamics, Processing and Counseling
Appraisal of Individuals
Research and Evaluation
Professional, Legal and Ethical Responsibilities
Social and Cultural Foundations
Lifestyle and Career Development
Practicum/Internship (700 clock hours)
Psychopathology and Maladaptive Behavior
Substance Abuse
Family Dynamics

Counselor licensure in other states

Licensure laws and rules vary across states and may change at any time. Each state has its own educational and post-graduate experience requirements, and may require different exams. 

For information on LPC, LCPC, LPCC, LMHC, LPCMH, LCMHC, and LPC-MH for any state or province, please visit the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).