Students seeking professional licensure will need to complete additional hours of academic and practical training beyond those offered in either the M.Div. or the M.A. in Biblical Counseling degrees. Southeastern does offer several courses that are intended to be a part of the preparation for state-approved professional board licensure or certification, however, course requirements vary from state to state, so students are responsible to be aware of their state’s criterion and to take the courses that are necessary for that particular licensing or certifying board. These courses are not necessary for the degree (although they may be used to fulfill an elective requirement). We do not believe it is necessary or prudent for church-based counselors to be licensed by state-approved professional boards; these courses are designed to prepare students for missional engagement with the mental health culture. We recommend that those who desire to pursue these optional courses have completed a bachelor’s degree with a major or minor in psychology and then discuss this with a SEBTS counseling professor to evaluate the student’s vocational objectives and make sure they are consistent with our program philosophy and goals.