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Doctor of Counseling

Doctor of Counseling

 

Graduation Requirements: 48 units (3 years)

Bible and Theology: 9 units (6 units directly from Bible/Theology and 3 units as 

interdisciplinary course from Major)

Concentration in Counseling: 24 units

Electives: 9 units

Thesis: 6 units

Residency requirement: 30 units at America Evangelical University (including thesis); 18 

units transferable. 

 

Program Description 

The Doctor of Counseling is designed to build the counseling knowledge and skills 

needed for those who desire to bring healing and hope to hurting people as counselors in 

churches or faith-based organizations. This program will prepare students for an 

advanced level of pastoral counseling, hospital chaplaincy, crisis pregnancy centers, 

family case management, or other counseling positions which do not require professional 

licensure. 

 

Program Objectives: 

 

We want to help our students:

• To attain basic biblical and theological understanding of the Bible.

• To be more competent in their service to others. 

• To create a concern for the spiritual and psychological needs of others and an 

appreciation for the differences between people. 

• To acquire counseling methods which are relevant and applicable to the helping and 

healing ministry.

• To enhance counseling skills and interpersonal relationships. 

 

Program Learning Outcomes (At the end of the program, students are able to): 

1. Demonstrate biblical and psychological counseling competency dealing with the 

emotional, social, and spiritual needs within the Christian community.

2. Articulate a philosophy of counseling ministry based upon the integration of biblical, 

empirical, historical and social science research

3. Apply the most widely practiced counseling methods and principles

4. Exercise attentiveness to their personal spiritual formation and demonstrate critical and 

analytical knowledge of biblical and theological foundations for counseling. 

 

Doctor of Christian Counseling Admission Requirement

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for 

admission to the Doctor of Christian Counseling degree program: 

1. Achieved at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 (4.00 scale) in graduate 

work. 

2. Earned one of the following degrees: a) Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent 

from a fully accredited university or seminary; OR b) Master of Arts in Christian 

Counseling or its equivalent from an accredited graduate school. Students equipped with 

this background complete a 54 unit degree program (48 plus thesis). 

3. Applicants whose first language is not English may submit a TOEFL with a 575 

minimum score (paper-based) or 233 (computer-based) and a TSE with a 50 minimum 

score in place of the Graduate Record Examination or complete ESL program at AEU. 

 

Doctor of Counseling Application Procedure 

 

The following documents must be submitted to the Office of Admission by January 15 

for Spring Semester or August 15 for Fall Semester:

1. A completed Application for Admission form 

2. Application fee of $100 (non-refundable) 

3. Application essay—a personal statement (3-5 pages) addressing plans for DC study 

(see queries on application) 

4. Official transcripts from every college, university or seminary attended beyond high 

school to be sent directly to America Evangelical University. 

5. 2 recommendations sent directly to America Evangelical University 

6. Academic papers, records or other samples of scholarly work may be included. A 

personal interview may be arranged and is strongly recommended. 

 

Doctor of Counseling General Requirements 

 

Unit Requirements: The DC requires 48 units of course work, plus 6 units of a 

dissertation. A maximum of 18 units may be transferred from previous graduate course 

work in the concentration or 12 units of biblical or theological courses. 

Required Courses 

All DCC students must take required courses for DC area.

 

Doctor of Counseling Qualifying Examinations 

 

Upon successful completion of 48 units of course works, students are allowed to schedule 

qualifying exams. 

 

Doctor of Counseling Advancement to Candidacy 

 

In order to advance to candidacy there are several things that must happen. Students must 

form, in consultation with an advisor, a thesis committee consisting of three members of 

the America Evangelical University graduate faculty. Whether before or after forming the 

thesis committee, students must pass their qualifying exams to advance to candidacy. 

Students must have completed a thesis proposal that has been approved by the thesis 

committee and must submit a 350-word summary of the proposal to the administration 

office. Students must also notify the administrator who will obtain faculty signatures on 

the advancement to candidacy form, which must then be submitted to and signed by the 

Dean. Advancement to candidacy must take place at least six months prior to the date 

scheduled for the dissertation defense. 

 

Doctor of Counseling Dissertation & Oral Examination 

 

Dissertation Committee 

 

The final oral committee will consist of at least three members. The chair of the 

committee must be a member of the America Evangelical University Faculty. With the 

approval of the chair and the dean, the other two members of the committee are chosen 

from among the faculty of America Evangelical University. 

Draft of the Dissertation & Scheduling the Oral Exam: The student must submit a 

preliminary draft of the entire dissertation to each member of the student's dissertation 

committee by the beginning of the semester in which the student hopes to graduate, in 

order to allow for revisions before as well as after the final oral exam. A draft for the 

final oral must be submitted to the entire committee at least six weeks before the planned 

date of the oral examination/defense in order to allow faculty time to determine whether 

the defense may be scheduled. The defense will be scheduled only when committee 

members agree that the dissertation is free of any major problems and indicate that 

agreement as well as their commitment to attend the oral defense by signing the approval 

for final defense form. 

 

Doctor of Counseling Bible and Theology Requirements (9 units)

3 units may be taken form Major or Elective as interdisciplinary course (CC691 or 

CC661)

BT504 Old Testament Theology (3 units)

BT505 New Testament Theology (3 units)

BT527 (OT) Wisdom Literature (3 units)

ST505 Contemporary Theology (3 units)

 

Doctor of Counseling Course Requirements (24 units) : italic is interdisciplinary course)

CC609 Research Design (3 units)

CC612 Object Relations Theory and Christian Counseling (3 units)

CC641 Family Therapy and Christian Counseling (3 units) 

CC660 Introduction to Clinical Practice (3 units)

CC669 Advanced Clinical Practice (3 units)

CC685 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (3 units)

CC691 Theological Foundations, Spiritual Formation, and Christian Counseling (3 units)

CC695 Psychological and Spiritual Assessment (3 units)

 

Doctor of Counseling Course Elective (9 units or 12 units if taking interdisciplinary 

course from major to fulfill bible and theology requirements: italic is 

interdisciplinary course) 

9 units or 12 may be taken from any of the following courses listed:

CC621 Child and Adolescent Therapy (3 units) 

CC625 Gerontology and Christian Counseling (3 units) 

CC630 Christian Counseling and Human Sexuality (3 units) 

CC642 Marital Theory and Counseling (3 units)

CC661 Legal, Ethical, and Moral Issues in Christian Counseling Practice (3 units) 

CC671 Christian Counseling and Personality Disorders (3 units)

CC672 Christian Counseling and Addictions (3 units)

CC681 Communication Skills in Christian Counseling and Care (3 units) 

CC692 Using Spiritual Resources in Christian Counseling and Care (3 units) 

 

Doctor of Counseling Course Descriptions

 

Bible and Theology

 

BT504 Old Testament Theology (3 units)A theological approach of the Old Testament, 

which includes key themes from the text and ideas of influential theologians in the field.  

An in-depth study limited to a group of writers, theme, or a selection of literature from a 

particular period of Israel’s history may form a portion of the course.

BT505 New Testament Theology (3 units)A theological approach to the New 

Testament, which includes key themes from the text and key ideas from influential 

theologians in the field. An in-depth study limited to a group of writers, themes, or a 

selection of literature in the New Testament may form a portion of the course.

BT527 Wisdom Literature (3 units)A systematic study of the biblical wisdom literature 

in the Book of Job, the Proverbs, and the Ecclesiastes, together with the impact of 

wisdom literature on the New Testament.

ST505 Contemporary Theology (3 units)Against the backdrop of philosophical 

development from the time of the Enlightenment, representative figures in theology are 

studied in order to grasp current hermeneutical methodologies and the development of 

biblical criticism.

 

Counseling

CC609 Research Design (3 units)

This course provides an introduction to research design and its application to the doctor 

of Christian counseling course work. Emphasis is given to developing knowledge and 

skills in research design, and in assessing the technical adequacy of research conducted 

by others. Various types of research proposals are presented and discussed to assist 

students in developing their dissertation proposals. 

CC612 Object Relations Theory and Christian Counseling (3 units)

This course provides advanced instruction and training in object relations approaches to 

personality and psychotherapy. This seminar-style course includes a review of the British 

Middle School's distinctive contributions to personality theory, the primary object 

relations' models of personality, and contemporary clinical applications of this theory. 

Implications for the understanding of Christian experience from within the theoretical 

and clinical framework are also explored. 

CC621 Child and Adolescent Therapy (3 units) 

This course provides an understanding of the broad range of childhood and adolescent 

problems and disorders. A variety of psychotherapeutic modalities is presented, offering 

the student an opportunity to develop knowledge of basic child and adolescent therapy 

skills, assessments, and treatment strategies in terms of Christian counseling and care. 

The impact of developmental aspects, family dynamics, and the social environment is 

addressed. 

CC625 Gerontology and Christian Counseling (3 units) 

This course focuses on the specific developmental issues, psychopathology, and 

therapeutic interventions relevant to the aging in the local church. Special attention is 

given to theological and spiritual issues and ecosystemic factors, such as extended family 

dynamics and community services, as they relate to treatment. 

CC630 Christian Counseling and Human Sexuality (3 units) 

This course will examine human sexuality from the biological, psychological, social, 

moral and theological perspectives of the theories of sexual development and functioning. 

In addition, students survey literature on sexual dysfunction, develop diagnostic skills for 

assessing the nature and extent of sexual dysfunction, and learn treatment strategies in the 

local church. 

CC641 Family Therapy and Christian Counseling (3 units) 

The student examines the issues of family therapy, stressing the application of general 

principles of family theory. The focus is on the major constructs in family therapy, 

identification of family structures and communication patterns, and the formulation of 

treatment goals. Theological reflection and therapeutic interaction will be integrated as 

the student explores his/her own multigenerational family system and applies learning to 

participation in family of origin and in intentional family ministry. 

CC642 Marital Theory and Counseling (3 units)

This course reviews the current literature on dyadic relationships theological 

understanding, and psychotherapeutic approaches to couples. Several contemporary 

theoretical orientations and their clinical applications are studied in-depth. 

Demonstration, simulation, case presentations, and clinical experience are used to 

reinforce the models presented. 

CC660 Introduction to Clinical Practice (3 units)

This course introduces the student to skills in attending behavior, clinical interviewing, 

treatment planning, progress notes, clinical intervention, and professional consultation 

and referral in their care ministry. Activities include reading, observation, role playing, 

and student audio/videotaped clinical practice. 

CC661 Legal, Ethical, and Moral Issues in Christian Counseling Practice (3 units) 

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the relevant ethical, legal, moral 

issues associated with Christian counseling work with individuals and families. Students 

will review the central role of ethical decision-making to professional life and practice, 

and explore the practical application of ethical principles to a variety of moral dilemmas 

facing the Christian Counselor or caregiver. 

CC669 Advanced Clinical Practice (3 units)

This course is designed to further develop the psychotherapeutic skills of students prior to 

their entry into a Christian counseling placement. Students focus on developing 

proficiency in the core interviewing qualities, deriving goals for a clinical session, and in 

making contracts with clients for change. Students are also encouraged to address issues 

regarding the integration of their faith with the practice of counseling. 

CC671 Christian Counseling and Personality Disorders (3 units)

This course considers the developmental etiology of personality disorders, surveys 

various models of the disorders of personality, addresses the place of personality 

disorders in a systemic model of psychology, and introduces therapeutic treatment 

models for personality disordered individuals in terms of Christian counseling and care. 

CC672 Christian Counseling and Addictions (3 units)

This course explores all aspects of Christian counseling for people struggling with 

addictions. A range of addictive behaviors are studied, including substance use and eating 

disorders, gambling, sexual addictions, and relationship addictions. In addition to 

providing theological perspectives on the addictive process, this class will help 

participants develop the understanding and skills needed by a Christian counselor and 

caregiver who seek to help individuals and families affected by addiction. 

CC681 Communication Skills in Christian Counseling and Care (3 units) 

This course is designed to provide students with a biblical foundation, a theoretical 

framework and some practical applications for discovering and developing their 

individual gifts as communicators. Specifically, this course is based on the study of 

communication theology and theory, as applied to a variety of ministerial contexts. 

CC685 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (3 units)

This course focuses on an understanding of both behavioral therapy (BT) and cognitive 

behavioral therapy (CBT). While students study the theoretical framework of BT and 

CBT, they learn how to apply specific cognitive and behavioral skills in myriad settings 

including pastoral care ministry 

CC691 Theological Foundations, Spiritual Formation, and Christian Counseling (3 units)

This course examines key issues in the theological foundations of human nature and 

spiritual formation. Students are encouraged to develop a view of human nature that 

demonstrates theological consistency, reflects on frameworks of meaning in spiritual 

development, and engages clinical perspectives that are beneficial in therapeutic practice. 

CC692 Using Spiritual Resources in Christian Counseling and Care (3 units) 

This course will examine issues involved in using spiritual resources in Christian 

counseling and care. This class will help students to develop skills in evaluating the 

implicit and explicit values in their own use of spiritual resources in Christian counseling 

and care ministry. 

CC695 Psychological and Spiritual Assessment (3 units)

This course provides students with a broad under- standing of psychological and spiritual 

assessment. Emphasis is placed on developing skills in interviewing, understanding and 

interpreting assessment data and reports and gaining knowledge of referral questions.