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Master of Education in Counseling & Development - Marriage Couple & Family Counseling Online

Learn how to diagnose mental and emotional disorders and resolve marriage and family conflicts related to divorce, mediation, child rearing, family violence and more.

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Program Overview

Take a look at the online marriage, couple and family counseling M.Ed.

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30 months
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Degree Credit Hours Required
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The online M.Ed. in Counseling & Development – Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling is designed to prepare you for the evolving method of evidence-based counseling practice.

In this online education counseling program, you will gain an understanding of the cross-cultural competencies and skills required to understanding family structures, life-cycle dynamics, intergenerational influences and healthy family functioning. You will also study legal issues, ethical principles, professional standards of conduct and the guiding principles of mental health in the area of counseling.

Specializing in marriage, couple and family counseling, this Master of Education is taught by the same award-winning faculty who teach on campus and will prepare you for certification. This online program also meets the educational coursework for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Texas and includes one residency†, one 15-week practicum and one 15-week internship.

Lamar University’s M.Ed. in Administration, M.Ed. in Counseling and Development – Prof. School Counseling, and Program Certificate in Principal Education are accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP).

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Discover more about our reasonable tuition

The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing Master of Education in Counseling & Development - Marriage Couple & Family Counseling. Our tuition is affordable, and can be paid by the course.

$19,469 Total program cost. Price includes distance learning fee.

Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice due to action by the Board of Regents or the Texas State Legislature.

Total program cost depends upon transfer hours and program advisement relevant to program requirements. For more information, contact a Lamar University enrollment specialist .

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Important dates you need to know for our online program

Our Master of Education in Counseling & Development - Marriage Couple & Family Counseling online program features multiple start dates to accommodate your busy schedule. Find the start date that works best for you and apply before the application deadline associated with it.

Upcoming Start Dates:

Apply by:10/24/22
Start Class:11/14/22

5 week courses Program Start Date Application Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day Department Required Deadline
Fall 2 10/03/2022 09/12/2022 09/26/2022 11/06/2022 09/17/2022
Fall 3 11/14/2022 10/24/2022 11/07/2022 12/18/2022 10/29/2022
Spring I 01/17/2023 12/27/2022 01/09/2023 02/19/2023 01/06/2023
Spring II 02/27/2023 02/06/2023 02/21/2023 04/02/2023 02/17/2023
Spring III 04/10/2023 03/20/2023 04/03/2023 05/14/2023 03/31/2023

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Gain insight into the online Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling M.Ed. curriculum

The Master of Education in Counseling & Development - Marriage Couple & Family Counseling online program has specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

Online Application

Submit your application and one-time $25 application fee online.

Minimum 3.0 Undergraduate GPA

Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 in the institutional bachelor's will not be admitted.

University Admission Requirements

  • Online Application & Fee: University requirements will be assessed by the online application through There is a one-time application fee of $25.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended*
  • Conferred degree GPAs will be used for admission purposes. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 in the conferred bachelor’s degree will be denied admission. Applicants with a conferred master’s degree with a 3.0 GPA and above will be accepted.
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

Waivers of any experience or certification requirements will be initiated by Lamar University Admissions staff as necessary in instances where they may not apply, such as applications from states that do not require certification for licensure.

The Department of Counseling Admission Requirements

In addition to University admission requirements, the Department of Counseling requires the following for admission to the program.Instructions for the department application and reference will be e-mailed to you after your ApplyTexas application is processed. Instructions for submitting additional documents will be e-mailed separately if accepted to the program.

  • Department Application with essay responses
  • Professional reference

View information regarding licensure outside the state of Texas.

Send all required documents to:

Lamar University Online Admissions
PO Box 10017
Beaumont, TX 77710


Submit electronically to [email protected]

*All applicants must submit official, sealed transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution.

We reserve the right to review individual applicant qualifications for admission. Final determinations for admission are based upon a number of criteria. We reserve the right to refuse student entrance or terminate a student after admission to a program if, in the judgment of the faculty, the student demonstrates unacceptable professional fitness to practice in their particular field of study with children, youth, and/or adults.

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Advance your knowledge in these online marriage, couple and family counseling M.Ed. courses

Courses in the M.Ed. in Counseling & Development – Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling online are designed to meet the educational requirements set forth by the state of Texas for counseling programs in Texas. View information regarding licensure outside the state of Texas.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on the foundations of professional counseling. The course includes an exploration of the history, philosophy, trends, and practice of counseling; the roles and functions of the counseling profession to include the ethics, laws, and guiding principles for mental health counselors, marriage, couple and family counselors, and school counselors across practice settings; methods and models of clinical supervision; professional organizations, preparation standards, and credentials; and other related professional issues.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Theories of individual counseling with an emphasis on techniques and applications. Level 1 course required prior to CNDV 5310 & 5312.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Theories of individual counseling with an emphasis on techniques and applications. Level 1 course required prior to CNDV 5310 & 5312.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An introduction of facilitation skills and theory. In depth analysis and demonstration of various facilitation techniques for use with counseling clients.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of normal human development and the stages of physical, intellectual, social and emotional growth from prenatal origins through old age.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An analysis of group counseling theories, processes and techniques; pre-practicum course.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Studies in human diversity and cultural issues. Identifies the implications for counseling and learning and strategies for cross cultural effectiveness in various settings.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An overview of the profession with an emphasis on legal issues, ethical principles and professional standards of conduct in the area of counseling.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A focus on theories of vocational choice, vocational assessment, sources of occupational and educational information and the career decision process. Prerequisites: CNDV 5301 or permission of instructor.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of various symptom categories in psychopathology. The course will include an analysis of the diagnostic categories as well as the research concerning etiology and treatment. Prerequisites: Approval of instructor or 12 semester hours of CNDV coursework.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Provides an understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation to include basic statistical concepts; standardized and nonstandardized testing; strategies for selecting, administering and interpreting assessment; and evaluation instruments in educational and counseling settings.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course introduces students to counseling research and provides them with a foundation in the design of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method approaches to research and program evaluation in counseling. An emphasis is placed on evaluating research and applying research outcomes to practice. Students are exposed to legal and ethical issues associated with human subjects' protection.
Duration: 12 or 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A basic course in understanding how human beings form interpersonal relationships, sexuality development, including evaluation and treatment of sexual disorders. This course explores the relationship between mental health and human sexuality, and the role of mental health professionals in sex counseling. Students examine the role of personal values, attitudes, and beliefs about sexuality and sexual behavior for increased self- awareness when working with sexuality related issues.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Designed to advance the professional competence of participants. For each seminar, a description of the particular area of study will be indicated. May be repeated for credit when nature of seminar differs sufficiently from one previously taken. Prerequisites: CNDV 5311 or approval of instructor.
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Practicum is a field experience course with a focus on the practice of clinical mental health counseling with real clients within an approved setting. Students are required to earn a minimum of 150 clock hours of supervised counseling experience, including 40 hours of direct service to clients and 110 hours of indirect service. Prerequisites: CNDV 5302, CNDV 5310, CNDV 5311 with a minimum grade of “B”.
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to offer students practical experience in the field of counseling specific to the school setting. Through reading, assignments, supervision and counseling experience, students will have an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the role of the school counselor and diverse learners in the pre-k through 20 learning environment. Prerequisites: CNDV 5390 or CNDV 5393 with a minimum grade of C.
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An intensive exploration of the dynamics of interpersonal relationships, including family and social issues. A critical analysis of various techniques and approaches will be established. Development of personal counseling skills will be of major concern. Prerequisites: CNDV 5322, CNDV 5311. Course is available in 5 or 15 weeks depending on the program.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides counselors and other human service workers with an overview and etiology of the addictive process. Students will develop conceptual knowledge, practical skills, and assessment strategies including the use of wraparound assessment and intervention services within a behavioral health setting. Pre-requisites: Admission to the Lamar Counseling Program.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course prepares mental health professionals in the basic diagnostic systems, research and explanations of psychopathology and basic working knowledge for integrating psychopharmacology for effective coordinating of services in an integrated health mode.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course builds upon the introductory course Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling (CDNV 5381), with a focus on the assessment, skills, and intervention aspects of therapy with couples and families. This course focuses on practical applications with a diverse client population, self-awareness and the influences of the counselor on the therapeutic system, and the use of specific treatment skills and interventions in marriage, couple and family work.

*Price includes distance learning fee.

The Residency courses require additional fees that are not covered in tuition. Please visit the following link for more information: Residency

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