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
Jun 29, 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 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 has 5 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 one of our two optional on-campus intensive courses (EDCO 735 and EDCO 745). 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. So we have designed 3 unique areas of study that focus on research-based practice to provide you with the training you need and want. You can choose from traumatology, pastoral care and counseling, or marriage and family counseling.

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. This is why we have made research a key aspect of your doctorate in community care and counseling. You will find that the information and experience you gain from this program will allow you to move forward in your profession and change lives through education.

Degree Information
Military Benefits
Admission Requirements

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

  • Liberty is ranked in the top 1% of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility by BestColleges.com — and ranked as the #2 online school in America by Niche.com. Earning your online Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition will set you apart from others in your field.
  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs has not increased in 5 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 courses
  • 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
  • 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.