EdD Comm Care Coun. Online Degree Program
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 15 credits
Next Start Date
Jan 13, 2020
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Take Part in Changing Lives by Earning Liberty University’s Online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Community Care Counseling

Our online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Community Care and Counseling will help you refine your approach to research, educational methods, diagnosing, treatment, counseling techniques, and scholarly writing while allowing you to maintain your personal and professional life. Our online doctoral counseling degree is offered 100% online, giving you the flexibility you need to earn a degree and remain involved with your career, family, and other commitments. 

Our Ed.D. in Community Care and Counseling online degree offers specializations in traumatology, pastoral care and counseling, and marriage and family. Each area of study provides five unique courses that provide advanced training in the issues, best practices, and opportunities for improvement in areas of community care. 

Why Choose Liberty’s Online Ed.D. in Community Care and Counseling Degree?

Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), so you can trust that your program will be valuable to your future career in Christian ministry, counseling, or social work. The Department of Community Care and Counseling created this Ed.D. degree to help students get ahead of emerging trends in community care and counseling and develop fresh insight into the field of Christian ministry, counseling partnerships, and treatments. 

An online Ed.D. in Community Care and Counseling allows you to evaluate how you can make a greater difference in the lives of your community. With an emphasis on research-based instruction and preparation for a broader set of practical counseling techniques, Liberty’s online counseling degree affords you the opportunity to study online or engage in any of our nine optional on-campus intensive courses. By choosing to complete an intensive course, you can take advantage of a face-to-face learning environment that can provide you with professional networks and greatly strengthen your community care counseling degree experience.

Compare Our Doctoral Counseling Degrees

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Community Care and Counseling

  • 100% online format
  • Non-licensure
  • Terminal online education doctoral credential in community care counseling
  • Clinical master’s program preferred for admission, but students may be considered with a degree in human services or other related fields
  • Designed to add practical application and relevance to an established career
  • Opportunities to publish academic research and pursue college-level teaching
  • Learn to address many areas of counseling and Christian ministry
  • Flexibility to pursue roles in counseling and human services

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Counselor Education and Supervision

  • Online format with required on-campus intensives, as well as a practicum, internship, and dissertation
  • Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • Practice-focused with a clinical approach
  • Clinical prerequisites and professional clinical experience required for admission
  • Prepares students to use research and scholarship to build on their existing knowledge of ethical, effective counseling as well as counselor education and supervision
  • Prepares students for leadership positions in clinical settings, higher education, and counseling associations

What Will You Learn in Our Online Ed.D. in Community Care and Counseling Degree?

We want you to be equipped to face the challenges and opportunities of a career in Christian ministry or counseling. We have designed our specializations in traumatology, pastoral care and counseling, and marriage and family counseling to focus on research-based practice. As a professional in the field of counseling or Christian ministry, you understand how vital research is for success in your field.

No matter how long you have been in the helping professions or Christian ministry, the ability to research objectively can make all the difference with emerging trends and the changing counseling climate. Keeping your research up-to-date is crucial to your clients or congregations.

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Online Ed.D. in Community Care and Counseling Program Highlights

  • By earning your Ed.D. in Community Care and Counseling degree from a nonprofit university whose online programs ranked in the top five out 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.
  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs has not increased in 4 straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university.
  • Translate your passion and experience in Christian ministry, social work, marriage and family counseling, or professional counseling into greater career fulfillment and advancement while changing lives in a broader scope within your community.
  • Build your résumé with high-quality education and an in-depth look at one of the following areas: traumatology, pastoral care and counseling, or marriage and family counseling.
  • With a required dissertation, this program gives you an opportunity to research practice areas you are passionate about and put together a written work that will exemplify your contribution to the field of counseling.

Potential Career Options with an Ed.D. in Community Care and Counseling

  • Church counselor
  • Marriage and family counselor 
  • Outpatient therapist
  • Social worker
  • Trauma counselor

Military Benefits for the Ed.D. in Community Care and Counseling Program

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate students
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times

Ed.D. in Community Care and Counseling Degree Information

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Ed.D. in Community Care and Counseling Admission Requirements

A regionally or nationally accredited master’s degree* with a 3.0 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee**
  • Official college transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Proof of English proficiency

*Students without a master’s degree in counseling, human services, or a related area may be required to complete additional graduate prerequisite courses.

**There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during financial check-in. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

Marriage and Family


Use your counseling degree to examine best practices used with married couples and families.

Pastoral Care and Counseling


Pursue this online Ed.D. to enhance your current career as a pastor, LPC, licensed MFT, or clinical social worker.



Learn about community care counseling to address the needs of others during times of trauma.