Certificate in Christian Counseling (CCC)

If you are looking for graduate level training to equip you with counseling skills but are not sure you want our full MA in Counseling degree, then this certificate program may be just what you are looking for. Courses within the certificate program will emphasize helping/counseling skills, an understanding of a broad range of human struggles, and how we grow and change.

Who is This Counseling Certificate For?

The counseling skills and knowledge gained from our certificate program fit with a professional model but are also useful for pastors, church leaders, and lay leaders who want to improve their work within the church. Also, small group leaders, educators, and pregnancy counseling volunteers have found these courses helpful. Mental health professionals seeking distinctly Christian and faith-based counseling skills may also wish to complete the certificate.

Many certificate holders may wish to consider a future MA in Counseling degree. Our admissions counselors can walk you through the process.

What are the specific requirements?

The certificate program requires a completed undergraduate or equivalent degree, and completion of a degree application. Upon completion of the certificate, students may choose to transfer appropriately completed courses into the MA in Counseling (MAC) degree program.

What is Christian Counseling?

Simply put, Christian Counseling is counseling that seeks to impart the love, compassion, and wisdom of God to those who are struggling with life's problems. The ultimate goals include symptom relief, skill acquisition, insight, and maturation in the faith.

What is the central focus of BTS's programs in Counseling?

Wise Counsel:

Effective people-helping combines knowledge, skill and the self-awareness needed to practice what the Bible calls wisdom (Proverbs 2:2).

Biblical Anthropology:

Looks to the biblical story to best understand God's design for human life, the impact of the fall on all of creation, and God's redemptive work among his people.

Counseling Skills and Practice:

Students gain Fieldwork experience through 700 supervised hours over two years, including a practicum and a full-year internship.

Cohort Community:

Students remain together and follow a sequenced curriculum in Bible and Theology, Core Counseling, and Advanced Counseling course.

Generalist Program:

Students receive a broad and solid foundation for a wide variety of callings in God's kingdom including, but not limited to, pastoral or professional ministry.

Theology Developed for Counselors:

We successfully combine a thorough understanding of the biblical text and theology and use it specifically in a counseling context.


Certificate in Christian Counseling Curriculum

Required Courses - 9 Credits

  • MAC510 Helping Relationships (3 Credit Hours)
  • MAC500 Human Development & Change (3 Credit Hours)
  • MAC512 Psychopathology (3 Credit Hours)

Electives - 6 Credits

The remaining six (6) elective credit hours may be taken from the below courses after completing or while taking core courses:

  • MAC 525a - Ethics and Professional Orientation (2 Credit Hours)
  • MAC 602 - Counseling and Physiology (3 Credit Hours)
  • MAC 704 - Models of Counseling (3 Credit Hours)
  • MAC 715 - Addictions Series (online) (1-3 Credit Hours)
  • Summer Counseling Institute Courses (1-3 Credit Hours)

Total Required Credits - 15

The following counseling courses have prerequisites or may require approval before registration:
(These courses can only be considered after completing all core courses and may be substituted for electives)

  • Marriage and Family Therapy - Prerequisite: Helping Relationships or Pastoral Counseling, including a recommendation from the professor
  • Child & Adolescent Counseling - Prerequisite: Helping Relationships or Pastoral Counseling, including a recommendation from the professor

MAC Course Policy for Non-MAC Students

Students not in the MAC program who wish to complete core counseling classes [note: this does not limit bible and theology counseling courses) are limited to certificate level courses. You must be registered as a Certificate in Counseling concentration student to take certificate level courses.

Students wishing to transfer into the MAC program must first complete Helping Relationships (obtaining a grade of B or better). Those students who completed the pastoral counseling course must audit Helping Relationships and complete the active auditor requirements (see syllabus).

Students need to be reviewed before they are permitted to transfer into MAC fully, but can be taking courses on the list above.


Why Choose the BTS Graduate School of Counseling for Training?

BTS has classes and programs that are custom tailored to assist in preparing you for a career or ministry in the helping field. In addition to continuing education offerings, Click here to view all of the options available to you.

BTS Graduate School of Counseling's Program Goals
  • Live grace-based lives increasingly characterized by wisdom, the fruit of the Spirit, and love for God and community.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to humble, learner-oriented ministry in a world marked by cultural, theological, and philosophical diversity.
  • Grow in knowledge of the Bible and ability to humbly interpret & apply it in light of history, culture, and genre.
  • Demonstrate effective counseling skills in light of student's gifting, call, and context.
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