|(a) An applicant for the licensure examination must
have completed or be enrolled in a council-approved marriage and family
therapy graduate internship.
(b) An applicant for LMFT Associate or LMFT must have
a master's or doctorate degree in marriage and family therapy or a
master's or doctorate degree in a related mental health field with
course work and training determined by the council to be substantially
equivalent to a graduate degree in marriage and family therapy from
a regionally accredited institution of higher education or an institution
of higher education approved by the council with (the earliest class
reported on one of an applicant's official transcripts denotes the
start of a program):
(1) at least 45 semester hours for an applicant who
started a program before August 1, 2017; or
(2) at least 60 semester hours for an applicant who
started a program on or after August 1, 2017.
(c) A degree or course work in a related mental health
field must have been a planned course of study designed to train a
person to provide direct services to assist individuals, families
or couples in a therapeutic relationship in the resolution of cognitive,
affective, behavioral or relational dysfunctions within the context
of marriage or family systems.
(d) Examples of degrees in a related mental health
field may include counseling, psychology, social work, or family studies
with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy. Degrees in fields
other than those listed may be reviewed for eligibility toward course
equivalency in accordance with council rules, 22 Texas Administrative
Code, §882.1 (relating to Application Process).