Doctor of Education in Community Care & Counseling / Pastoral Care & Counseling
Liberty University

Program Details

Liberty University’s online Doctor of Education in Community Care & Counseling – Pastoral Care and Counseling program will equip you to provide professional counseling services in a ministry setting. Through this program, you will learn to evaluate diverse individual, group, and family populations. This program is ideal for professionals — such as pastors, licensed professional counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, and licensed clinical social workers — who want to expand their knowledge base to enhance their careers.

Professional careers include:

  • Church counselor
  • Marriage and family counselor
  • Outpatient care therapist
  • Social worker


  • Official college transcripts
  • Regionally or nationally accredited master’s degree (i.e., counseling, psychology, human services) with a minimum of 3.0 GPA
  • Applicants who have a regionally accredited masters in a non-related field are welcome to apply, but if admitted will be required to complete M.A. level prerequisite courses assigned to them before taking any Doctor of Education coursework
  • MAT (Total score of 400 or better) score report or the GRE score report (Total verbal and quantitative score of 300 and a 4.0 or better on the analytic writing section)
  • Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher in their most recent master’s degree can have the GRE/MAT requirement waived
  • Statement of Purpose

School Accreditation Statement

Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. This is the regional accrediting body for southern states.