EdD Community Care And Counseling Pastoral Care And Counseling
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% Online with Optional Intensives
Transfer Credits
Up to 15 credit hours can be transferred to Liberty
Next Start Date
July 2, 2018

Enhance Your Counseling Ministry with an EdD in Community Care and Counseling – Pastoral Care and Counseling Degree

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 Pastoral Care and Counseling area of study provide students interested in a Ph.D. in Biblical Counseling or a Doctor of Ministry in Counseling practical ministry training in counseling. Through this program, students will be trained to evaluate diverse individuals, groups, and family populations. This online doctoral degree through Liberty’s School of Behavioral Sciences is ideal for pastors, licensed professional counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, and licensed clinical social workers who want to expand their knowledge base to enhance their careers.

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Why Liberty’s EdD in Pastoral Care and Counseling?

Liberty University is dedicated to providing students in the online pastoral care and 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 this online doctoral program will receive a quality education with optional on-campus intensives, which provide hands-on instruction and practice.

If you want to pursue a ministry-focused online doctoral degree in counseling with one of the best behavioral science schools, Liberty University’s online EdD in Community Care and Counseling will give you a path to completing a doctoral degree with practical, real-world applications. Liberty’s online pastoral counseling degree will immerse you in biblical counseling.

What Will You Learn in the Liberty’s Online Pastoral Counseling Degree?

The core of the online EdD in Community Care and Counseling provides robust research foundation with statistical and research design content, as well as careful preparation for the integrated dissertation project. Students in the online pastoral care and counseling degree will receive groundwork 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 Pastoral Care and Counseling area of study will study advanced biblical counseling techniques in Individual and Family Issues, Pre-Marital and Marital issues, and explore timely Crises and Current issues. These courses will provide a diverse set of practical skills to apply in counseling ministry, allowing students in Liberty’s pastoral counseling degree to address many different modern-day problems.

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

  • Completing a Doctor of Education (EdD) in Pastoral Care and Counseling will offer a practice-focused degree that focuses more on solving real-world problems with advanced research, as opposed to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Counseling which will emphasize theoretical 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 application.
  • 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 two years.
  • Completing the online EdD in Community Care and Counseling degree’s integrated dissertation will give you the ability to focus your research on a real-world human services issue, giving you the opportunity to put your academic work into motion to help real communities.

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Please note: The EdD is not designed to meet state counseling licensure requirements.  If you are interested in a state counseling license, please see the Master’s in Professional Counseling, Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy, or Master’s in Addiction Counseling programs.

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Program Highlights

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EdD in Community Care and Counseling Degree Information and Requirements

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Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students from all over the world. 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 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.

Potential Career Options for the Pastoral Care and Counseling Area of Study

Graduates of the online EdD in Community Care and Counseling will have a terminal doctorate credential 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 Pastoral Care and Counseling area of study will equip students to address many areas of counseling ministry and provide flexibility for many roles in counseling and human services, such as in a Christian Counseling center, non-profit counseling center, or other ministry-focused counseling organizations. Please note that many clinical counseling roles will require individual state licensure.

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

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 require 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.

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