A 12 credit hour program including a supervised clinical experience providing counseling to couples/families.

The College of Education Graduate Certificate in Couple, Marriage, and Family Counseling provides an academic program to help mental health professionals and counseling students increase their understanding of theory, practice, and research in the couple, marriage, and family counseling area. The coursework and clinical experiences required for the certificate offer mental health professionals and counseling students a means to apply knowledge of couple, marriage, and family counseling to practice. The certificate helps ensure that there are mental health professionals trained to provide couple, marriage, and family counseling in areas where they plan to practice.

The Graduate Certificate in Couple, Marriage, and Family Counseling is a 12 credit hour program. To earn a certificate, one must a) successfully complete required coursework and b) complete a supervised clinical experience providing counseling to couples/families.

Requirements for admission to the CMFC certificate program are current good standing (non-probation) in an UMSL graduate mental health practitioner training program (such as counseling, social work, or psychology), OR all of the following criteria must be met:

  1. Undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better;
  2. Enrollment in a graduate mental health practitioner training program, or completion of a mental health practitioner master’s degree;
  3. Two letters of recommendation with at least one from a current or former college-level instructor (or someone with a graduate degree who can attest to the applicant’s capacity to complete graduate-level work);
  4. Two-page personal statement explaining the applicant's personal and professional goals.

Plan of Study

Non-Missouri Residents: Prospective students are responsible for reviewing the NC-SARA state authorizations page to see if this program is offered in their state throughout their program and to review the licensure or certification requirements for the state in which they reside.