Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Community Care and Counseling – Marriage and Family Counseling Online Degree Program

Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Community Care and Counseling – Marriage and Family Counseling Online Degree Program

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Help Build Stronger Families with the EdD in Community Care and Counseling – Marriage and Family Counseling

Liberty University’s 100% online EdD in Community Care and Counseling helps equip students with the tools and knowledge needed to provide professional counseling services in a ministry setting. The Marriage and Family Counseling area of study will equip students to address the many challenges of engaged and married couples, children with disabilities or behavioral issues, and other family-related matters. The Marriage and Family Counseling area of study provides advanced practical training by examining the best practices for various types of assessment used in marital and family counseling and providing real-world expertise from experts in the field. The EdD in Community Care and Counseling with the Marriage and Family Counseling area of study is ideal for pastors, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, and clinical social workers who want to expand their knowledge base and enhance their careers.

If you want to demonstrate your expertise through a terminal degree and doctoral dissertation research while receiving advanced, specialized training in marriage and family therapy, Liberty University’s online EdD in Community Care and Counseling – Marriage and Family Counseling program is the best path for you.


Why Liberty’s EdD in Marriage and Family Counseling?

Liberty University is dedicated to providing students in the online marriage and family counseling degree program with the ethical, evidence-based, and biblically grounded skills and knowledge needed to minister to today’s increasingly complex and diverse society. Delivered through Liberty University’s online learning environment, students in our online doctoral degrees receive a quality education with optional on-campus intensives, which provide hands-on instruction and practice.

If you wish to focus on marriage and family while attending an advanced, 100% online degree with a Christian university, the EdD in Community Care and Counseling – Marriage and Family Counseling degree will provide you with a doctoral degree focused on the rigorous and practical application of counseling theory.


What Will You Learn in the Liberty’s Online Marriage and Family Counseling Degree?

The core of the online EdD in Community Care and Counseling provides a robust research foundation with statistical and research design content, as well as careful preparation for the integrated dissertation project. Students in the online marriage and family counseling degree will receive a grounding in advanced counseling topics such as Applied Counseling Theories, Advanced Tests and Measurements, and Teaching and Learning techniques. This diverse set of skills allows students to apply advanced counseling theories and techniques to real-world human services problems.

Students who pursue the Marriage and Family Therapy area of study will focus in on specialized assessment tools and methods to help new and old married couples to develop better relationships, and to build stronger families. EdD Community Care and Counseling students will have advanced counseling skills and theories to apply to specific issues for married couples and families with relational issues, as well as be able to navigate complex current issues.

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You may also be interested in the Pastoral Care and Counseling area of study or the Traumatology area of study.

Please note: The EdD is not designed to meet any particular state’s licensing standards, so additional classes may need to be taken outside the program.  If you are interested in a state counseling license, please see the Masters in Professional Counseling, Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, or Masters in Addiction Counseling programs.


Highlights of the Marriage and Family Therapy Area of Study

  • By earning your EdD in Community Care and Counseling from a non-profit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in your field.
  • You will receive hands-on training with experienced counseling professionals through the EdD in Community Care and Counseling degree’s optional on-campus intensives.
  • You will gain a diverse set of practical ministry counseling skills that will equip you for marriage and family therapy, marital and pre-marital counseling, and address current issues that affect communities and churches in your area.
  • By completing an integrated dissertation project, you will demonstrate your expertise and ability to apply advanced counseling theories to practical problems.

What are the Benefits of the EdD in Community Care and Counseling?

  • Completing a Doctor of Education (EdD) in Marriage and Family Counseling online with Liberty University will offer you a practice-focused degree that emphasizes solving real-world problems with advanced research.
  • Liberty University’s online EdD in Community Care and Counseling does not require you to have current state licensure for clinical counseling but will advance your skills and knowledge both in a licensed clinical counseling role or an alternative counseling ministry.
  • The online EdD in Community Care and Counseling’s integrated dissertation allows you to work toward significant parts of your dissertation research while you complete your online course content, giving you a clear, step-by-step path to finishing your doctoral studies in as little as three and a half years.
  • The EdD in Community Care and Counseling – Marriage and Family Therapy degree contains content that will apply towards numerous marriage and family counseling certifications including:
    • Saving Your Marriage Before it Starts (SYMBIS)
    • Prepare and Enrich (PE)

Military Benefits

Are you a service member, veteran, military spouse, or Department of Defense employee? We are proud to support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

  • Tuition discounts - $275 for graduate students (per credit hour)
    • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as an Emergency Responder (less than $625 per course).
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.

Online EdD in Marriage and Family Counseling Degree Format

  • 100% Online with Optional Intensives
  • 57 credit hours
  • A maximum of 15 credit hours may be transferred to Liberty into the online EdD program
  • An Integrated Doctoral Dissertation will be required for all EdD in Community Care and Counseling students.
  • Students will complete a Comprehensive Exam after all core courses to ensure they are ready to complete their doctoral studies.
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.

EdD in Community Care and Counseling Information and Requirements

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Potential Career Options for the Marriage and Family Counseling Area of Study

  • Church Counselor
  • Marriage and Family Counselor
  • Outpatient Care Therapist
  • Social Worker
     

Graduates of the online EdD in Community Care and Counseling will have a fully accredited doctorate that may provide opportunities to publish academic research and pursue college-level teaching, as well as pursue an advanced counselor role. The practical skills and knowledge in Liberty University’s online Marriage and Family Therapy area of study will equip students to serve in pre-marital counseling, counseling newlyweds and older couples, and other specialized marital counseling roles. Students may also be qualified to provide counseling services for family counseling and counseling parents of children with disabilities or behavioral issues. Please note that many clinical counseling roles will require individual state licensure.