EdD in Pastoral Care and Counseling Impact the Mental and Emotional Health Field


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Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Pastoral counselors play a vital role in fostering mental and emotional health. They combine biblical principles with effective counseling techniques to help people work through some of life’s greatest challenges. As trained experts in biblical guidance and counseling, they provide a valuable service to those in their congregations and communities.

Liberty’s 100% online Doctor of Education (EdD) in Community Care and Counseling – Pastoral Care and Counseling degree can help equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to provide professional counseling services in a ministry setting. Our pastoral care and counseling doctoral degree provides you with practical training that can help you counsel diverse individuals, groups, and family populations. You have a passion for reaching hurting individuals with the wisdom and love of Christ, and our EdD in pastoral counseling can provide you with the education you need to make your counseling ministry more effective.

This online EdD in counseling degree is ideal for pastors, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, and clinical social workers who want to further their education and enhance their careers. This doctorate of pastoral counseling degree provides advanced biblical counseling skills that can help prepare you for counseling ministry, allow you to expand your human services experience, and help you to effectively address current issues and crises facing your community.

Please note: This EdD degree is not designed to meet state counseling licensure requirements. If you are interested in a state counseling license, please see our Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, or Master of Education in School Counseling.

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At Liberty University, we’re dedicated to providing an online pastoral care and counseling doctorate degree program that supports your success with the ethical, evidence-based, and biblically grounded skills you need to minister in today’s increasingly complex and diverse society. Delivered through our online learning environment, this online doctoral counseling program provides a quality education taught by professors who are content experts with real-world experience in the field.

If you want to pursue a ministry-focused online doctoral degree in counseling from one of the largest Christian universities in the country, our online EdD in Community Care and Counseling program offers a path to completing a doctoral degree with practical, real-world applications.

Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Our programs have met rigorous academic standards and accreditation requirements, so you can pursue your degree with confidence. Additionally, our courses are designed to integrate ethical principles with industry knowledge — so you can become equipped to lead with integrity in your field.

The core of our online EdD in Community Care and Counseling degree provides a robust research foundation as well as careful preparation for the integrated dissertation project. Within the program, you will study applied counseling theories as well as teaching and learning techniques. This diverse set of skills can help you apply advanced counseling theories and techniques to real-world human services problems in your community and beyond.

Throughout our pastoral care and counseling EdD degree, you will study advanced biblical counseling approaches to individual, family, premarital, and marital issues as well as crisis response. Your online counseling doctoral courses will teach you a diverse set of practical skills that you can apply to your counseling ministry, allowing you to address many different modern-day problems.

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We want to help you find the doctoral degree you want – at a price you’ve earned. As a thank-you for your military service, Liberty University offers eligible current and former service members like you or your spouse multiple pathways to earn a doctoral degree for only $300/credit hour. Find out how you can take advantage of this unique opportunity as you work toward your goal of reaching the pinnacle of your profession – for less.