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Ed.D. Community Care And Counseling Online Degree in Pastoral Care And Counseling
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% Online with Optional Intensives
Transfer Credits
Up to 15 credit hours of the Degree Total can be Transferred to Liberty
Next Start Date
May 13, 2019
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Enhance Your Counseling Ministry with Our Ed.D. in Community Care and Counseling – Pastoral Care and Counseling Degree

Our 100% online Ed.D. in Community Care and Counseling – Pastoral Care and Counseling degree equips you with the tools and knowledge you need to provide professional counseling services in a ministry setting. Our pastoral care and counseling doctorate degree provides you with practical training that will 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 Ed.D. in Pastoral Counseling degree will provide you with the education you need to make your counseling ministry more effective.

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Why Liberty’s Ed.D. in Pastoral Care and Counseling?

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 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 from one of the best behavioral science schools, our online EdD in Community Care and Counseling program offers a path to completing a doctoral degree with practical, real-world applications.

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What Will You Learn in Our Online EdD in Pastoral Care and Counseling Degree Program?

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. In our online pastoral care and counseling doctorate degree program, you will study applied counseling theories, advanced tests and measurements, and teaching and learning techniques. This diverse set of skills will allow you to apply advanced counseling theories and techniques to real-world human services problems in your community and beyond.

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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 Professional Counseling, Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, or Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling programs.


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EdD in Community Care and Counseling Degree Information

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Military Benefits of Our Online Doctorate in Pastoral Counseling

Please note: This program will no longer be eligible for the military discount starting Fall 2019.

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 a First Responder (less than $625 per course).
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.

Potential Careers with an EdD Degree in Pastoral Counseling 

Graduates of our online EdD in Community Care and Counseling degree program will have a terminal doctorate credential that may provide opportunities for publishing academic research, teaching at the college-level, and pursuing an advanced counselor role. The practical skills and knowledge taught in our online pastoral care and counseling doctorate degree will equip students for many roles in counseling and human services, such as Christian counseling, nonprofit counseling, or other ministry-focused counseling. Please note that many clinical counseling roles will require individual state licensure.

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

Admission Requirements for Our Online Ed.D. in Community Care and Counseling Degree Program 

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.

Our Online EdD in Pastoral Counseling Program Highlights

  • By earning your EdD in Community Care and Counseling degree from a nonprofit 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.
  • Our EdD in Community Care and Counseling degree’s optional on-campus intensives allow you to receive hands-on training from experienced counseling professionals.
  • You will gain a diverse set of practical counseling skills in our online pastoral care and counseling doctorate degree program that will equip you for marriage and family therapy, marital and premarital counseling, and addressing current social issues that affect communities and churches in your area.
  • By completing the EdD in Pastoral Counseling degree’s integrated dissertation project, you will demonstrate your expertise and ability to apply advanced counseling theories to practical problems.

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