Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF)

“As we look more closely at life, it becomes clearer and clearer that Scripture is about counseling: diagnostic categories, causal explanations of behavior and emotion, interpretation of external sufferings and influences, definitions of workable solutions, character of the counselor, goals for the counseling process…These are all matters to which God speaks directly, specifically, and frequently. He calls us to listen attentively, to think hard and well, and to develop our practical theology of conversational ministry.”

- David Powlison, Faculty and Executive Director, CCEF


BTS partners with the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF) to provide the best counseling education through distance learning. In addition, BTS provides the opportunity for CCEF students to possibly convert their non-accredited CCEF credits to accredited credits. Any courses that have been completed with a grade B or higher within the past five years are eligible.

How can you use these credits?

Simple. BTS has classes and programs that are custom tailored to assist in preparing you for a career or ministry in the helping field. Our courses and programs train pastors, teachers, mentors, and others who plan to counsel in professional and lay counseling environments. The converted credits can be applied to the following programs at BTS:

  • Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) - This 52-hour degree is delivered in a cohort class format that meets one night a week and one Saturday a month for two years. It includes a reduced schedule in the summer (see summer counseling institute) and two fall retreats.
  • Certificate in Christian Counseling (CCC) - An excellent means of developing basic counseling competencies at the graduate level. This certificate benefits pastors, church leaders and many others interested in counseling others from a biblical perspective. Courses taken in the certificate program are eligible to be transferred into the Master of Arts in Counseling degree.
  • Certificate in Advanced Professional Counseling (CAPC) - This certificate allows students with a master's degree in counseling to acquire advanced counseling training. Many students who complete the CAPC program will pursue full licensure.
  • Master of Arts, Counseling Concentration (MA,CCC) - This 48-hour degree is delivered in a traditional class format with an emphasis in practical theology and counseling.
  • Master of Divinity degree, Counseling Concentration (MDiv, CC) - The language-based Master of Divinity consists of 90 credits in a convenient format. Due to block scheduling, full-time students are on campus a maximum of only two days per week. Courses are offered in the afternoon and evening so students may work and minister as they complete their degree.

Additional information on converting your credits are available here, and you can visit our Financial Aid page for more details on how much our programs will cost.

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.

Steps to complete CCEF Courses:

Step 1: Complete an undergraduate degree

Step 2: Register for CCEF Courses (If you have already completed the course(s) please go to step 4.

To register: Enroll through the CCEF website.

Step 3: Complete the course with a 3.0/B or higher grade.

Step 4: Convert your courses to BTS credits.

Complete and Submit to BTS the non-degree CCEF Application, Credit Conversion form, official undergraduate transcript, and CCEF Transcripts.

Convert Non-Credit CCEF Courses to Graduate Credits at BTS

Have you taken CCEF courses in the past five years? You may be able to convert CCEF credits to BTS accredited credits. Use them toward a BTS degree, a graduate certificate in counseling, or possibly at another institution (check with the institution before converting your courses). An administration fee and tuition differential applies to courses accepted for conversion.

Students may request a certificate from CCEF if they took CCEF courses and then converted them for accredited credit through BTS. CCEF charges a $25.00 fee to issue the certificate after qualifying courses have been completed. Contact CCEF for more details.

For more information This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 800.235.4021 x106. Mail form and transcripts to 200 N. Main Street, Hatfield, PA. 19440

Step 5: BTS will notify you of your transfer acceptance and bill you the tuition differential.

CCEF Frequently Asked Questions

What is the CCEF – BTS partnership all about?

CCEF and BTS have partnered to:

  • Provide the opportunity for CCEF students to possibly convert their non‐accredited CCEF credits to accredited credits through BTS.
  • Mutually promote our programs and certificates.

What is required to complete a CCEF course and then convert those non-accredited CCEF credits to accredited credits through BTS?

Students must:

  • Have earned a Bachelor’s degree before the course was completed (transcript required)
  • Have earned grade B or higher in the CCEF course
  • Submit the Credit Conversion Form to the seminary along with official undergraduate transcript. Submit their official CCEF transcript
  • BTS will notify you of your transfer acceptance and bill you the tuition differential.

Which CCEF courses can be converted?

Any course that was completed with a grade B or higher within the past five years (after 2004). See chart below for transfer options into one of BTS’s degree programs.

How much does converting a course cost?

Beginning with the 2014‐15 academic year, you will pay BTS $320 per CCEF credit you want converted to BTS accredited credits.

How long does it take?

A decision will be made within one week of receiving a student’s Credit Conversion Form and transcripts.

How can CCEF accredited credits be used at BTS?

There are several ways to use your credits:

  • Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program (pre‐licensure program)
  • Master of Arts in Ministry, counseling concentration (see program requirements below)
  • Elective courses in the Master of Divinity or Master of Arts programs

How do the CCEF converted course credits fit into existing programs at BTS?

CCEF Courses (credits) Master of Arts in Counseling
M.A. in Ministry,
Counseling Concentration
Other programs
Dynamics of Biblical Change (3) Elective Elective Elective
Counseling in the Local Church (2) Elective Elective Elective
Marriage Counseling (3) Core Elective Elective
Counseling and Physiology (2) Core ** Core ** Elective
Human Personality (3) Elective Elective Elective
Helping Relationships/Methods of Biblical Change (3) N/A Core Core
Biblical Interpretation (3) Core or Elective Elective Elective
Essential Qualities of a Biblical Counselor (2) Elective Elective Elective
Theology and Secular Psychology (3) Elective Elective Elective
Counseling Observation (2) Elective Elective Elective
Counseling Problems & Procedures (3) Core Elective Elective
* It is possible to bring up to 17 CCEF credits into the MAC program (up to 11 core credits and 6 elective credits).
** 1 more credit will be needed since BTS’s course is 3 credits)

How do the CCEF converted course credits transfer into programs at other institutions?

CCEF converted credits are accredited credits that meet the qualifications for graduate level education. These courses may be eligible for transfer to other graduate institutions. However, BTS does not guarantee that converted credits will be accepted by another institution. Every institution sets their own policies regarding the transfer of courses into their degree programs. It is the student’s responsibility to investigate transfer credit policies with the institution.

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