*This program [and concentration] do not lead to state teacher or administrator certification, licensure, or endorsement. This program [and concentration] are designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of individuals already certified, licensed or endorsed and for individuals interested in pursuing these degrees for reasons other than obtaining teacher or administrator certification, licensure, or endorsement.
The Doctor of Education (EdD) in Pastoral Community Counseling program is based on the fundamental belief that religious/spiritual communities provide a unique opportunity for human growth and development. The program is designed to prepare leaders within religious communities with an opportunity for personal and professional development, directed toward making a significant contribution to their community and to society. With this in mind, the program is designed to integrate the engagement of knowledge, the development of skills, reflective practice, and research in a manner that prepares the pastoral counselor to address individual and communal development in an ethically responsible fashion.The Pastoral Community Counseling program is committed to the concept of community. In this regard, the learners participate with one another and with faculty in a virtual community. This is designed to provide a means of support and interaction that exceeds the boundaries imposed by geographical definition, and utilizes technology for the purposes of individual, community, and societal development.
The program is designed to afford working professionals the opportunity to pursue doctoral study while maintaining active participation in their professional endeavors. The program is ideal for ministers, priests, rabbis, and lay leaders, including hospital, hospice, prison, military chaplains, nurse practitioners, or counselors who have faith or spirituality as a cornerstone of their practice.