Serve Christ in Your Community with Our Online Associates in Counseling Program
Liberty’s online associate degree in Christian counseling is designed to help you lead others to the freedom, peace, and hope that’s found in Christ alone. Our associate degree in psychology online can prepare you to serve a hurting world, searching for biblically-based solutions.
What is Christian Counseling?
If you’re looking for formal training to help you get started as a counselor, an associates degree in counseling can help you gain a strong foundation in the skills you need. But if you want to make counseling your ministry, then you will want to focus your studies on a biblically-based program that can equip you to minister to patients through the love of Christ.
Christian counselors use psychology and communication skills to connect with patients and help them work through complex emotional issues. But Christian counselors also have the toolset of biblical ministry to help them build a relationship with patients and help build their faith. If you want a Christ-centered approach to counseling practice, then Liberty’s associates in Christian counseling can help you get the training you need.
As you begin your Christian counseling classes, you will be introduced to theories of psychology and Christian counseling as you learn how to integrate those theories with biblical truth. Our curriculum focuses on human behavior and development, listening techniques, and biblical counseling models. Your professors and curriculum can equip you to lead others to a better lifestyle through your training in Liberty’s Associate of Arts in Psychology and Christian counseling online program.
Why Choose Liberty University’s Associate in Psychology – Christian Counseling Online Degree?
Since 1971, Liberty has been making a mark in higher education as a nonprofit, Christian university. We want to use the resources we have accumulated over time to help you succeed in our online Associate of Arts in Psychology and Christian Counseling degree. As a student with us, you can benefit from courses taught in a Christian worldview, which is especially important in the study of Christian counseling.
If you have thought about pursuing a career as a Christian counselor or are looking to expand your current knowledge in psychology and counseling, then Liberty University’s online associate degree in psychology and Christian counseling could be the degree for you!
You will develop your professional skills and gain an understanding of human behavior and development through this online degree program. With core courses in areas such as social psychology and integration of psychology and Christianity, you can build strong foundational knowledge in psychology. Our Christian counselor program will allow you to develop the foundation and skills regarding mental health and counseling from a Christian perspective.
Frequently Asked Questions
While you research associates degrees in counseling and Christian counseling programs online, you may have questions about how Liberty University’s biblical counseling program can help you meet your career goals. Below are some common questions about AA in counseling programs:
Can you be a counselor with an associate degree?
In most states in the U.S., the title “professional counselor” is a legally protected status requiring state-issued licensure to enter the field. While we recommend that you view licensure counseling as your end goal, an AA degree in counseling can be an efficient way to get started with the intent to continue to a licensure-track counseling program. In the meantime, you will have the skills and knowledge you can apply to the field now so you can get hands-on experience. Working as an unlicensed counselor doesn’t mean that you can’t actively counsel people and provide consultation. It does mean that you will have specific state-by-state restrictions that you must review and take into consideration.
What are the advantages of 2-year counseling degree programs?
If you complete your associate degree in two years, you can start working in the field sooner while you continue into a bachelor’s degree. However, Liberty’s 100% online associate degree in counseling gives you the flexibility to complete your AA in Psychology – Christian Counseling in as little as 1 and a half years!
What are some counseling careers with an associate degree? What can you do with an associate degree?
While an AA in counseling will not qualify you in most states to apply for professional counseling licensure, you can still have an active and rewarding career helping people heal and grow. While you continue to work toward your bachelor’s degree, you can work in many counseling-related roles such as:
- Assistant to human services coordinators
- Assistant to social workers
- Personal care aid for children and families with special needs
- Support roles within licensed counseling practices1
If you want to gain skills to minister to families and build toward a higher-level degree, Liberty University’s Christian counseling associate degree can help prepare you for the next step in your career.
1Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor, at Occupational Outlook Handbook: Social and Human Services Assistants (viewed online August 24, 2020). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
What Will You Learn in the Online Associate Degree in Psychology – Christian Counseling Program?
With an online specialization in Christian counseling, you will study leadership, servanthood, and biblical counseling techniques to help meet the needs of your community. Our online associate degree in psychology and Christian counseling program equips students like you to guide individuals to heal and grow in their relationships.
Your online Christian counseling courses will emphasize biblically based practices that use the latest research in human psychology. This balance of effective technique rooted in Christian principles will equip you to help your clients but also help them focus on God’s healing in their lives.
You will learn from professors with similar passions and desire to equip you with their vast years of knowledge and experience. The faculty at Liberty will help you develop a deep understanding of the Gospel to build a strong foundation for your Christian counseling techniques in our online courses.
Our associate degree in psychology and Christian counseling program is offered entirely online, allowing you to remain active in your job, with your family, and in your community without the worry of having to take courses on campus.
- CCOU 201 — Introduction to Christian Counseling
- CCOU 202 — Issues of Christian Counseling
- PSYC 210 — Developmental Psychology
- PSYC 255 — Introduction to Research
Online Associate Degree in Psychology – Christian Counseling Program Information
- This program falls under the School of Behavioral Sciences.
- Download and review the Degree Completion Plan.
- View the online Undergraduate Behavioral Sciences Course Guides (login required).
Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.
As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:
- Tuition discounts – $250 per credit hour for undergraduate courses
- Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $565 per course)
- 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)
- Potential college credit for military training
Potential Career Fields with an Associate Degree in Psychology — Christian Counseling
- Case management
- Community relations
- Non-licensed counseling
Program Highlights of Our Online Associate Degree in Psychology – Christian Counseling Program
We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank among Niche.com’s top 5 online schools in America. Earning your online degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
Your success is our success, which is why we’re committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we’ve frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 7 years ̶ and counting.
To continue our mission of providing affordable education, electronic textbooks are provided for all undergraduate courses at no cost to you. As a full-time student, this could save you an estimated $800-2,000 per year on textbooks!
- You can complete the Associate of Arts in Psychology – Christian Counseling online program in under 2 years.
Admission Requirements for Online Undergraduate Degrees
Applicants must have a 2.0 or above cumulative GPA for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.
All applicants must submit the following:
- Admission application
- Application fee*
- Official college transcripts
- Unofficial college transcripts may be accepted with a completed official transcript request form**
- High School Self-Certification form and official high school transcripts within first 12 credit hours
- Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)
*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.
**An official transcript is needed within 60 days of acceptance or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first.