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.

  • Modified Residency

  • Residential

At a Glance

  • 45

    Hours of Classroom Instruction

  • 3

    Hours of Mentorship

  • 12

    Hours of dissertation research

  • 60

    credit hours

Program Courses

Southeastern did not meet my expectations for a theological classroom. It rewrote my expectations for a theological classroom. They taught me to be in love with God's word and summon people to my loves.

Ricardo Sanchez EdD alum

EdD in Context


  • Lead a Christian Counseling Organization

  • Serve as a Counseling Pastor

  • Help Develop Counseling Resources

EdD Information

Graduates will be able to apply biblical concepts and educational theory in their chosen area of ministry. Some of the classes offered in this program are:

  • EDD 8110 – Leading and Managing the Nonprofit Organization
  • EDD 8150 – Psychological Foundations for Education
  • EDD 8182 – Advanced Methods for Counseling Marital and Sexual Issues
  • EDD 8183 – Current Issues in Counseling


  • The students in our counseling program genuinely desire to be a redemptive influence in the lives of those they serve through counseling.

    Brad Hambrick

    Asst. Professor of Biblical Counseling

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