Master of Arts in Christian Counseling (MACC)
The MACC is a professional degree that prepares students to be effective, licensed counselors with a strong Christian worldview, eligible to work in any public or private institution providing psychological care. The 60-hour program is intended to provide a broad base of scriptural knowledge with an intensive, state-mandated core set of competencies.
Adjunct Professor of Christian Counseling
Cathy Sparks is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Registered Play Therapist. She has been in practice for 34 years and specializes in children…
The Seminary seeks to develop students in this degree program in the following ways:
- Concepts. Graduates will interpret the Bible and draw on the church’s theological and historical heritage as they apply the Bible’s message to faith, life, and ministry in professional counseling contexts.
- Calling. Graduates will identify, develop, and use their abilities and spiritual gifts to strengthen their professional counseling skills, in service of Jesus Christ.
- Character. Graduates will serve the church with evident Christian character and integrity in their personal and professional lives.
- Integration. Graduates will serve the church effectively, using skills required for their calling to counseling, especially communication and listening, diagnosing, and developing treatment plans to care for others, leadership, and administration.
- Competence. Graduates will serve the church effectively through mental health professional counseling skills, including: (1) principles, models, and documentation for mental health counseling; (2) diagnostic processes, legislative policies, and ethical consideration; and (3) professional evaluations and strategies for interfacing with other professionals and agencies.
- Credentials. Graduates will serve the church using the licensed professional credentials necessary for counseling within the church and outside the church context.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Make appropriate use of relevant (a) Bible passages and (b) confessional standards, as they integrate course material to their (c) professional counseling contexts. (CC 501)
- Identify, develop, and use personal abilities, gifts, and gained knowledge to strengthen their professional counseling skills in service to Jesus Christ. (CC 615)
- Demonstrate growing Christ-like character through writing and practice of counseling ministry. (ET 711)
- Integrate theology with the required skills for Christian counseling. (CC 510)
- Demonstrate professional counseling skills, including: (1) principles, models, and documentation for mental health counseling; (2) diagnostic processes, legislative policies, and ethical consideration; and (3) professional evaluations and strategies for interfacing with other professionals and agencies. (CC 620)
- Move toward gaining the credentials necessary for licensed professional counseling.
(CC 681, 682)
Applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with 3.0 grade point average. For those without undergraduate degrees in psychology, some prerequisite courses may be required. Prerequisites include General/Introductory Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and at least one course in Developmental Psychology.
Students must complete the 60 hours of coursework as outlined below with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. The program can be completed in two years of full-time study and students must normally complete the program within six years. While advanced standing is available to students already holding appropriate theological degrees, the state-mandated courses are taught on a two-year cycle.
Practicum and Internship
Based on CACREP standards, the MACC requires a minimum 100 hours of practicum, with a minimum of 40 hours of direct service with clients during the first year of the program. During the second year of the program, students will complete a minimum of 600 hours of fieldwork with a minimum of 240 hours of direct service with clients. These hours will be accrued outside of class times and only enrolled students can sign up for counseling slots in the Erskine-affiliated counseling centers, through the program director.
Students may transfer all 18 hours of Bible and theology core credits required for their degree from previous work at Erskine Theological Seminary or other ATS accredited institutions. Only courses with grades of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher may be transferred. Courses are expected to have been taken within a ten-year period of enrolling in the MACC, except in special circumstances. Based on CACREP rules, Erskine does not allow advanced standing for undergraduate courses in counseling, but upon approval of the program director, students may receive advanced standing for theologically appropriate courses.
- BI 501 Bible Survey or BI 080 Bible Challenge Exam*
- BI 502 Principle of Exegesis
- CH 551 Survey of Church History
- ST 551 Survey of Systematic Theology
- ET 711 Christian Ethics
- Bible elective**
*BI 501 Bible Survey is required of first-year students who have not passed the Bible Challenge Exam.
**Students who pass the Bible Challenge Exam must take an additional Bible elective in lieu of BI 501 Bible Survey.
- CC 501 Professional Orientation, Legal, and Ethical Issues
- CC 505 Social and Cultural Foundations of Psychology
- CC 510 Psychopathology
- CC 515 Psychological Appraisal
- CC 520 Human Growth and Development
- CC 600 Psychology Research and Evaluations
- CC 610 Groups and Groups Therapies
- CC 615 Counseling and Helping Relationships
- CC 620 Diagnostics of Psychopathology
- CC 625 Crisis, Trauma, and Disaster Counseling
- CC 630 Lifestyle and Career Development
- CC 080 Counseling Practicum
- CC 681 Fieldwork I
- CC 682 Fieldwork II
- CC 090 Continuation of Fieldwork*
- CC elective
*Required if student did not complete the 600 hours in CC 681/682.