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College of Counseling

The College of Counseling (COC) has designed

the Master of Arts in Counseling program to facili-

tate the growth of Christian students into well-

qualified, healthy clinical mental health

counselors. The training model focuses on the

heart (personal and spiritual development), the

head (research and professional knowledge) and

the hands (effective interpersonal and clinical


Master of Arts in Counseling

Graduates of the COC are awarded the Master of

Arts degree in Counseling and are eligible to

apply for national certification through the

National Board for Certified Counselors as well as

South Carolina State Licensed Professional

Counselor Intern (LPC/I) certification. Within this

graduate degree program students can focus on

individual, group, marriage and family counseling.

Students are prepared to work with clients facing

a broad range of mental, emotional, relational and

spiritual challenges. As clinical mental health

counselors, graduates are biblically informed and

professionally knowledgeable in the conceptual-

ization and practice of diagnosis, treatment, refer-

ral and prevention. Graduates of this program

work in settings such as: private practice, com-

munity-based mental health centers, hospitals

and other treatment facilities, as well as in church

and missions-related ministries.

Postgraduate Certificate in

Marriage and Family Counseling

The COC also offers a Postgraduate Certificate in

Marriage and Family Counseling. A separate

application process is required to be accepted

into this program. This advanced training and

experience emphasizes a systems model.

Graduates of this certificate program are eligible

to apply for South Carolina State Licensed

Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (LMFT/I)


College of Education

The College of Education (COE) “equips Christian

educators to think, teach and lead biblically in

educational settings throughout the world.” This

mission encompasses the preparation of teachers

to enter both early childhood and elementary

classrooms with a five-year, two-degree program

including an undergraduate Bible major and grad-

uate master’s of teaching (B.A./B.S. and M.A.T.)

or a stand-alone M.A. in Teaching (M.A.T.) for

those already completing a bachelor’s degree.

Additionally at the master’s level, the COE pro-

vides training of K-12 Bible teachers (M.A. in

Bible Teaching), ESOL teachers (M.A. in Teaching

English to Speakers of Other Languages), and the

equipping of practicing teachers and administra-

tors for Christian school leadership positions

through advanced graduate studies (Master of


. [with tracks in Curriculum and

Instruction and Educational Administration] and

Education Specialist-Ed.S.). At the doctoral level

(Doctor of Education-Ed.D.) four concentrations

are available in Christian School Leadership,

Curricular and Instructional Leadership, Christian

Higher Education Leadership and Leadership in

International Theological Education. In order to

fulfill the mission of the College of Education, the

courses of study are based upon a philosophy of

education that approaches both the means and

the ends of education by thinking biblically about

the nature of students, instructional strategies

and curricular content (knowledge, skills and dis-

positions). Upon graduation, elementary and early

childhood teachers (M.A.T.) receive certification

through the Association of Christian Schools

International (ACSI) and South Carolina

Department of Education and are thus qualified

as classroom teachers within Christian and public

schools both in the United States and in interna-

tional schools around the world. Bible teachers

(M.A. in Bible Teaching) and ESOL teachers (M.A.

in TESOL) receive ACSI K-12 certification. Their

preparation includes training that equips them to

think in culturally responsive ways within class-

rooms that are increasingly diverse.


2012-2013 Graduate Programs Academic Catalog