Community Care & Counseling (Ed.D.) - Pastoral Care & Counseling

Community Care & Counseling (Ed.D.) - Pastoral Care & Counseling

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2023 through summer 2024. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

Core Courses
EDCO 705Issues and Trends in Community Counseling3
EDCO 711Advanced Group Counseling 13
EDCO 715Applied Counseling Theories3
EDCO 725Teaching and Learning3
EDCO 735Statistics 1,23
EDCO 740Diagnosis and Treatment of Addictive Behaviors3
EDCO 745Intermediate Statistics and Research 13
EDCO 747Qualitative Methods of Research3
EDCO 790Crisis & Trauma Counseling3
Total Hours27

Intensive format optional


Prerequisites are determined and assigned at admission into program

Pastoral Care & Counseling Cognate
EDCO 821Ethics & Issues in Pastoral Counseling3
EDCO 826Growth & Development of the Pastoral Counselor3
EDCO 831Individual & Family Issues in Pastoral Counseling3
EDCO 836Premarital & Marital Issues in Pastoral Counseling3
EDCO 841Crisis & Current Issues in Pastoral Counseling3
Total Hours15
Dissertation Courses
EDCO 716Dissertation Topic 11
EDCO 770Dissertation Formation 11
EDCO 900Dissertation Design 23
EDCO 988Dissertation Proposal and Research 1,3,45
EDCO 989Dissertation Completion 1,3,45
EDCO 990Dissertation Defense 1,40
Total Hours15

Course is Pass/Fail


Intensive format optional


Once the student enters the Dissertation phase, he/she must maintain continuous enrollment (Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters) until all degree requirements are completed


Ed.D. students are allowed to enroll in EDCO 988 a maximum of three times before their dissertation proposal is approved. Ed.D. students are allowed to enroll in EDCO 989 a maximum of three times. Extensions for exceptional circumstances must be approved by the Ed.D. in Community Care & Counseling committee. Any student who is not ready for enrollment in EDCO 990 after completing EDCO 989 may be required, as determined by the student's dissertation chair, to repeat EDCO 989 until deemed ready for enrollment in EDCO 990

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 57 hours
  • A maximum of 50% of a post-graduate and doctoral degree may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level
  • 3.0 GPA
  • No grades lower than a B- may be applied to the degree
  • Successful defense of Dissertation
  • Degree must be completed within 7 years
  • Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student’s anticipated graduation date

Program Offered in Online Format

Oval 1AudioBackArrowCloseShapeFill 1ArrowShapeArrowMenuMagnifying GlassShapeVideoWordmark WTC simple light Created with Sketch.