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Care & Counseling Major

At the College of Athens, we’re passionate about helping individuals break free from emotional, relational and spiritual hurts and teaching them how to be all that they are in Christ. CoA offers a wide range of program opportunities for individuals interested in helping others find peace, joy, and freedom!

Certificate in Care & Counseling

Students who earn a Certificate in Christian Ministry with an emphasis in Care & Counseling will exit their program with a strong biblical foundation in the area of inner healing and effective hands-on mentored experience ministering to others.  The Certificate program is especially designed to equip believers for impactful ministry in their homes, churches, and places of work.

Program Completion Plan
Certificate in Christian Ministry: Care & Counseling

30 Credits
Completion Time: 2 Semesters

Christian Core Courses
CS 101 Foundations of Faith
BS 101 Old Testament Survey
BS 102 Old Testament Survey
CS 102 His Creation: Identity in Christ
CS 103 Prayer & Spiritual Direction
CS 201 The Great Commission: Evangelism
CS 202: The Great Commission: Discipleship

Major Courses
1 Care & Counseling course

Faith-in-Action Apprenticeship
FIA 201 Case Studies in Ministry
FIA 250 Apprenticeship in Action

Associate of Arts with a major in Care & Counseling

With an Associate’s Degree, those who major in Care & Counseling will have had the opportunity to earn general education credits (mathematics, science, English, psychology, etc.) while building a solid Christian worldview.  Associate’s Degree graduates often go on to attend other institutions having developed a clear understanding of who they are in Christ before they get defined by their career area. These students will gain a solid foundation related to human growth and development and experience effective tools for helping others heal from past wounds and traumas.

Program Completion Plan
Associate of Arts in Christian Ministry: Care & Counseling

60 Credits
Completion Time: 4-5 Semesters

Christian Core Courses
CS 101 Foundations of Faith
BS 101 Old Testament Survey
BS 102 Old Testament Survey
CS 102 His Creation: Identity in Christ
CS 103 Prayer & Spiritual Direction
CS 201 The Great Commission: Evangelism
CS 202: The Great Commission: Discipleship

General Education Requirements
EN 101 English 101
1 Foreign Language or 1 Biblical Language course
1 Mathematics course
1 Science course
1 Humanities course (e.g. Literature, Music, Art, Social Sciences, etc.)

Major
CC 301 Psychology & Theology
CC 304 Introduction to Care & Counseling Ministry
CC 352 God’s Design for Sexual Wholeness
2 additional Care & Counseling courses

Faith-in-Action Apprenticeship
FIA 201 Case Studies in Ministry
FIA 250 Apprenticeship in Action

Bachelor of Arts with a major in Care & Counseling

Students who earn a Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Care & Counseling will be well prepared to engage in full time pastoral ministry for personal and congregational care. These graduates will be especially skilled at helping others overcome life’s hurts and hang-ups, and in shepherding individuals’ personal spiritual formation. The Bachelor’s Degree program includes a robust internship experience working with clients from the public to help them find help and healing in Christ.

Program Completion Plan
Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry: Care & Counseling

120 Credits
Completion Time: 8-9 Semesters

Christian Core Courses (21 credits)
CS 101 Foundations of Faith
BS 101 Old Testament Survey
BS 102 Old Testament Survey
CS 102 His Creation: Identity in Christ
CS 103 Prayer & Spiritual Direction
CS 201 The Great Commission: Evangelism
CS 202: The Great Commission: Discipleship

General Education Requirements (30 credits)
EN 101 English Composition
2 Foreign Language or Biblical Languages
1 Mathematics course
1 Science course
1 Humanities course (e.g. Literature, Music, Art, Social Sciences, etc.)
4 General Education elective courses

Major (36 credits)
BS 351 Inductive Bible Study
CC 301 Psychology & Theology
CC 304 Introduction to Care & Counseling Ministry
CC 352 God’s Design for Sexual Wholeness
CS 351 Spiritual Warfare & Victory in Christ
CC 320 Biblical Foundations for Prayer Ministry
2 Biblical Studies courses
4 additional Care & Counseling courses

Electives (18 credits)
6 elective courses

Faith-in-Action Apprenticeship (15 credits)
FIA 201 Case Studies in Ministry
12 additional FIA credits

Master's Certificate in Christian Ministry with a major in Care & Counseling

The Master’s Certificate in Christian Ministry with a major in Care & Counseling is designed to help those already working in ministry be better equipped to minister to individuals struggling with personal and relational challenges.  It can also provide powerful tools to help you minister more effectively in the marketplace or on the mission field to anyone trapped in past traumas and hurts.

Program Completion Plan
Master’s Certificate in Christian Ministry: Care & Counseling

15 Credits
Completion Time: 2 Semesters

Courses
BS 603 Personal Spiritual Formation
CC 501 Psychology & Theology
2 additional Care & Counseling courses
Care & Counseling Apprenticeship

Master of Arts with a major in Care & Counseling

With a Master’s Degree, those who major in Care & Counseling will graduate with a solid biblical and psychological foundation in human growth and development and will have gained extensive experience helping others break free from past hurts and traumas. They will be well prepared to engage in full-time pastoral ministry for personal and congregational care and these students may also qualify for ordination in some denominations.

Program Completion Plan
Master of Arts in Christian Ministry: Care & Counseling

60 Credits
Completion Time: 4-5 Semesters

Christian Core Courses
BS 501 Old Testament Survey
BS 502 New Testament Survey
CS 502 His Creation: Identity in Christ
CS 503 Prayer & Spiritual Direction
CS 504 The Great Commission: Evangelism
CS 505: The Great Commission: Discipleship

Major
BS 551 Inductive Bible Study
CC 501 Psychology & Theology
CC 504 Introduction to Care & Counseling Ministry
CC 552 God’s Design for Sexual Wholeness
CC 520 Biblical Foundations for Prayer Ministry
3 additional Care & Counseling courses

Faith-in-Action Apprenticeship
FIA 501 Case Studies in Ministry
6 credits Apprenticeship in Action

Master of Divinity with a major in Care & Counseling

Master of Divinity with a major in Care & Counseling will:
-prepare students with a strong theological foundation for the pragmatic aspects of leadership in the church or other types of ministry settings;
-provide students for effective leadership across a broad range of ministry areas;
-equip students with a solid specialization in the area of Care & Counseling;
-qualify students for admission to doctorate-level studies such as a DMin or Ph.D.; and
-make students eligible for ordination in most denominations.

Program Completion Plan
Master of Divinity: Care & Counseling

90 Credits
Completion Time: 7-8 Semesters

Christian Core Courses
BS 501 Old Testament Survey
BS 502 New Testament Survey
CS 502 His Creation: Identity in Christ
CS 503 Prayer & Spiritual Direction
CS 504 The Great Commission: Evangelism
CS 505: The Great Commission: Discipleship

Program Core Courses
BS 550 Systematic Theology
BS 551 Inductive Bible Study
CS 531 Church History

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