EdD in Christian Counseling

Christian Counseling

The Doctor of Education with an emphasis in Christian Counseling is a terminal research degree that prepares scholars to develop others who are called to serve through Christian counseling. This academic experience provides those already trained in Christian counseling with additional professional skills needed to teach in the local church and higher education, problem solve using social science research techniques, and influence thinking in this field through writing that is both biblical and academically persuasive.

Our guiding foundation is that the Holy Scriptures are both necessary and comprehensive for a holistic understanding of people as spiritual, moral, relational, psychological, and biological beings (2 Timothy 3:14-17; Psalm 1). Our aim is to bring the wisdom of God’s Word, the hope and power of His Gospel, and the unique relevance of the church community into the care and cure of souls—the restoration of broken people and their marriages and families.

We believe that Christian counselors can benefit from both the social and biological sciences. We take seriously the socially embedded and embodied nature of persons and aim to understand how social and biological factors impact one’s spiritual and psychological well-being. Thus, we aim to train students in Christian counseling that is clinically informed by the social and biological sciences, interpreted through the spectacles of Scripture, and applied from a Christian perspective on personhood and relationships.




The 60 hour degree requirement consists of 45 hours of classroom instruction, 3 hours of mentorship, and 12 hours of dissertation research.


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What courses will I take?

Below is a sample of the required courses. To see a complete list, view the academic catalog.

EDD8110 Leading and Managing the Nonprofit Organization
EDD8150 Psychological Foundations for Education
EDD8182 Advanced Methods for Counseling Marital and Sexual Issues
EDD8183 Current Issues in Counseling

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What can I do with this degree?

Christian counseling is a well-established part of discipleship in the local church. Graduates of our program will be trained in advanced counseling techniques built upon accurate Biblical exposition and theological integration. In addition, graduates will be trained to teach and lead lay volunteers in local church settings and educational contexts in counseling skills and techniques.

  • Graduates will be able to articulate their philosophy of Christian counseling as opposed to a secular worldview approach.
  • Graduates will be able to describe and demonstrate the use of behavioral methods that are consistent with their Christian counseling philosophy.
  • Graduates will be able to describe the creation and development of an effective biblical counseling program in a local Baptist church.

Who will teach me?


Senior Professor of Christian Education

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Professor of Child and Family Development

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Associate Professor of Counseling

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