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Master of Arts in Children's Ministry and Master of Arts in Professional Counseling Dual Degree Program
Shelly Melia, Ph.D., M.A. in Children's Ministry Program Director
Mary L. Becerril, Ph.D., M.A. in Professional Counseling Program Director
Joe Cook, Ph.D. , M.A. in Professional Counseling Program Director, DBU North
The purpose of the dual Master of Arts in Children's Ministry and Master of Arts in Professional Counseling degree program is to provide Christ-centered graduate level education to prepare servant leaders for children's ministry leadership by integrating a strong foundation in Christian Education and to provide counseling services in a variety of settings such as community counseling centers, drug and alcohol treatment facilities, college and university counseling centers, Christian counseling centers, private psychiatric hospitals, abuse shelters, churches, rehabilitation centers, and private practice. After completion of the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, the graduate is eligible to apply for state LPC licensure.
NOTE: Church Membership Requirement (for admission into the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership-all concentrations, Ph.D. in Leadership Studies' Ministry Concentration, Master's Ministry Degrees, and Advanced Ministry Certificate Programs): Within the last 12 months, the applicant must have been an active member of a Christian church that holds Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and who holds solely the Old Testament and the New Testament as sacred Scripture. Click here to download form.
M.A. in Children's Ministry Prerequisites:
- Old Testament Survey or THEO 5307 Old Testament Literature and Interpretation
- New Testament Survey or THEO 5308 New Testament Literature and Interpretation
- 3000/4000 Level Religion Course of 5000/6000 Level Theology Course
M.A. in Professional Counseling Prerequisites:
(Continuance in the program past the first twelve (12) hours is pending submission of a satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examinations® (GRE®).
- General Psychology (or Introduction to Psychology)
- Two upper-level Psychology courses
Prerequisites may be met with equivalent courses from another institution and do not count toward degree completion.
In order to pursue a Dual Master's Degree program, the applicant must apply to, meet the existing admission requirements for, and be accepted into each of the master's degrees which comprise the dual degree program.
Applicants desiring to transfer from a master’s counseling program at another university to the M.A. in Professional Counseling Program at DBU are required to submit an official letter which states that the applicant is a student in good standing and is eligible to complete that program as well as enroll in practicum classes. This letter should be from the Dean or the Program Director and is to be submitted with the application to the DBU program.
Master of Arts in Professional Counseling Agreement Contract:
Newly admitted students will meet with the Program Director, at which time the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling Agreement Contract will be explained and discussed. By signing this agreement contract, new students are stating their willingness to be evaluated on nine characteristics deemed necessary for the development of an ethical and competent counselor. These characteristics are implied from the expectations of professional and personal competence and responsibility and are as follows: openness, flexibility, positiveness, cooperativeness, willingness to use and accept feedback, awareness of impact on others, ability to deal with conflict, ability to accept personal responsibility, and ability to express feelings effectively and appropriately. In addition, the student's signature on the contract expresses agreement to attend eight counseling sessions during the first two semesters in the M.A. in Professional Counseling Program.
Master of Arts in Professional Counseling Practicum
The practicum experience consists of two courses, COUN 6317 (S-L) and COUN 6318 (S-L), completed sequentially following the pre-practicum course, COUN 5318. The practicum is the culmination of the M.A. in Professional Counseling degree program and is intended to provide practical experience for students as they make plans to enter the counseling profession. Both practicum courses include supervised delivery of direct counseling services in an approved agency or institution. Students are evaluated on a wide range of personal and professional criteria which includes analysis of videotaped counseling sessions and seminar discussions of counseling theories, methods, and techniques. (S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.
Students should attempt to enroll in the three practicum courses (which includes the pre-practicum) sequentially. In order to progress through the three courses, a grade of “B” or above must be earned. In the event of a “B-” or below, the course will have to be repeated until at least a “B” is earned. The student is responsible for any remedial work that may be suggested by the faculty in order to successfully complete the practicum course.
In order to proceed to Practicum, students must meet the following criteria:
- Student must have completed the 8 required counseling sessions.
- Student must have completed the 12 hours of undergraduate prerequisite courses.
- Student must have a current GPA of 3.0 or above.
- Student must have secured a practicum site.
M.A. IN CHILDREN'S MINISTRY REQUIRED CURRICULUM
27 hours (excluding prerequisites)
||Biblical Servant Leadership
||Early Childhood Ministry
||Ministry with Children
||Children and the Christian Faith+
||Ministry to Families
||Christian History and Heritage
||Spiritual Formation and Worship
|*COUN 6317 satisfies the requirements for GSOM 6310 Ministry Mentorship
|Six (6) hours of the M.A. in Professional Counseling Required Curriculum serve as electives for the M.A. Children's Ministry Required Curriculum.
M.A. IN PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING REQUIRED CURRICULUM
49 hours (excluding prerequisites)
*(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service component
+Prerequisite: MACH 6311, MACH 6312
Refer to course descriptions for course prerequisites.
|M.A. in Children's Ministry Required Curriculum
|M.A. in Professional Counseling Required Curriculum
|TOTAL Dual Degree (excluding prerequisites)
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