Jun 05, 2023  
2017-2018 Argosy University Academic Catalog—Graduate Programs | Volume 8, Issue 1 
2017-2018 Argosy University Academic Catalog—Graduate Programs | Volume 8, Issue 1

Doctor of Education in Pastoral Community Counseling Degree Program


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Argosy University, Atlanta; Argosy University, Dallas*; Argosy University, Denver*; Argosy University, Nashville*; Argosy University, Phoenix; Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area*; Argosy University, Sarasota*


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Offered only in the 80 percent online format through Argosy University Online Programs.

Program Overview

The Doctor of Education (EdD) in Pastoral Community Counseling degree program is based on the fundamental belief that religious/spiritual communities provide a unique opportunity for human growth and development. The program is designed to prepare leaders within religious communities with an opportunity for personal and professional development, directed toward making a significant contribution to their community and to society. With this in mind, the program integrates the engagement of knowledge, the development of skills, reflective practice, and research in a manner that prepares the pastoral counselor to address individual and communal development in an ethically responsible fashion.

The Pastoral Community Counseling program is committed to the concept of community. In this regard, the learners participate with one another and with faculty in a virtual community. This is designed to provide a means of support and interaction that exceeds the boundaries imposed by geographical definition, and utilizes technology for the purposes of individual, community, and societal development.

The program is designed to afford working professionals the opportunity to pursue doctoral study while maintaining active participation in their professional endeavors. Also, in concert with its emphasis on the religious/spiritual community, the program is offered in a modified cohort format. Courses in this program may be taken as electives by students in other EdD degree programs, and course substitutions may be approved by the program coordinator.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students articulate and clearly describe their professional identities as Pastoral Counselors.
  • Students critically analyze their own and others’ culturally and religiously formative, teachings, assumptions, experiences, world-views, and metaphors and evaluate their impact on clients and themselves as Pastoral Counselors.
  • Students critically analyze the cultural context of relationships, issues, and trends in a multicultural and diverse society.
  • Students demonstrate appropriate assessment, consultation, and referral skills
  • Students describe the processes of community formation and differentiate between individual, family, group, and community counseling methods and skills.
  • Students accurately identify and analyze various ethical issues from a variety of ethical points of view and clinical case studies.
  • Students evaluate and adapt various counseling techniques to build and maintain rapport as well as facilitate assessment and intervention.
  • Students evaluate and apply various research methods such as qualitative, quantitative, single-case designs, action research, and outcome-based research, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation. Students demonstrate facility with research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation.

Admission Requirements

  • A master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, a nationally accredited institution approved and documented by the faculty and dean of the College of Counseling, Psychology and Social Sciences, or an appropriately certified foreign institution.
  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) in work leading to the master’s degree and in any subsequent graduate study.
  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, “English Language Proficiency Policy .”
  • Completion of an interview with a member of the program Admissions Committee.

All applications for admission must be submitted to the Admissions Department. An admissions representative is available to help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:

  • Completed Application for Admission Form
  • Personal/professional goal statement with a self-appraisal of qualifications for the profession
  • Current résumé (or career summary)
  • The names and contact information of three professional and/or academic references
  • Official transcripts from the institution that conferred the master’s degree and any institutions where graduate coursework was subsequently taken. Bachelor’s level transcripts are not required.

Graduation Requirements

A student is eligible for graduation from the EdD in Pastoral Community Counseling degree program when the following requirements have been met:

  • Satisfactory completion of all requirements in the program of study developed in consultation with the faculty members and program coordinator of Pastoral Community Counseling
  • Satisfactory completion of 60 credit hours beyond the master’s degree
  • Successful completion of the Doctoral Qualifying Examination
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • The completion of the doctoral research courses
  • Completion of these requirements within seven years of matriculation into the program
  • A completed Petition to Graduate submitted to campus administration

Program Requirements

The EdD in Pastoral Community Counseling degree program requires the satisfactory completion of 60 semester credit hours, distributed as follows: research requirements, 12 credit hours; core requirements, 18 credit hours; elective requirements, 18 credit hours; and dissertation requirements, 12 credit hours.

Advanced Research Elective – Students Choose One of the Following

Research Requirements — 12 Credit Hours

Core Requirements — 18 Credit Hours

Elective Requirements — Students Choose Six from the Following

Doctoral Qualifying Examination

Students are required to successfully complete a Doctoral Qualifying Examination (DQE) that focuses on the learner outcomes that are associated with the required core courses of their programs. Students must take the DQE the session after successfully completing all required core courses and must pass it within three sessions of successfully completing all required core courses.

Doctoral Research Requirements (12 Credit Hours)

Upon successful completion of the prerequisite coursework and the doctoral qualifying exam (DQE), students enroll in doctoral research courses. To progress through each doctoral research course, students must successfully complete specified course objectives. If all objectives of the course are successfully met, students will earn a PR grade, permitting them to enroll in the next doctoral research course as outlined in the course sequence of their program of study. If objectives of a doctoral research course are substantively but not fully met (67% completed) by the end of the course (as determined by the research mentors) students will earn a grade of Incomplete Progressing (IP) for the course and must complete an IP contract outlining a plan for completion of the remaining course objectives. Students must successfully complete all remaining course objectives by the due date specified in the IP contract before enrollment is permitted in the next doctoral research course. If little to no progress has been made in a doctoral research course (less than 67% of the course objectives were successfully completed) or the IP contract is not successfully fulfilled within the specified timeframe, students will earn a grade of No Credit (NC). Students who earn a grade of NC in a doctoral research course are required to retake the course. A student may only receive any combination of two NC, W, or WF grades in doctoral research courses. Upon receiving the third NC, W, or WF grade in a doctoral research course, the student will be dismissed from the program. Published course objectives for each doctoral research course apply unless the student and research mentors agree to and confirm in writing alternative specified objectives more appropriate for a particular doctoral research topic. Students must fulfill the prerequisites of each doctoral research course before enrollment is permitted.

Gainful Employment Information

The following links provide program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important information for the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Pastoral Community Counseling degree program offered at Argosy University:

Campus Gainful Employment Information
Argosy University, Atlanta ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/3646
Argosy University, Dallas ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/3640
Argosy University, Denver ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/3810
Argosy University, Nashville ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/3813
Argosy University, Phoenix ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/2237
Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/4516
Argosy University, Sarasota ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/763
Argosy University Online Programs ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/2271