The Master of Arts in Christian Counseling program at the Charlotte campus is both nationally and regionally accredited. The MACC-Clinical Mental Health (CMH) Program focuses on diagnosis and treatment of behavioral health issues for individuals, couples, families, and groups.
The aim of the Master of Arts in Christian Counseling Program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary—Charlotte is to train students to become competent professional counselors who advance Christ’s Kingdom in various clinical, educational, and ministry settings by equipping them to think theologically, live biblically, and engage globally. This means that:
The MACC program goals are informed by our mission statement and anchored in the CACREP common core curriculum for counseling programs. We have five program priorities with 16 corresponding goals for the development of counseling students.
M.A. in Christian Counseling students are a diverse group who display essential qualities of wisdom, maturity and skills necessary for excellence in the field of counseling. Most have an undergraduate background in psychology, counseling, education, or sociology, a strong interest in behavioral science, or significant life experience in the field. Whether you’re seasoned in the field or moving into a second career, the M.A. in Christian Counseling degree will provide excellent preparation for Christian and/or secular employment opportunities.
The coursework of the MACC-CMH degree is designed to meet the curriculum requirements outlined by the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors (NCBLPC) and of the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC). Additionally, students may choose from courses offered in the MACC curriculum that will meet curricular requirements for licensure in many states, including all the states contiguous to North Carolina. Students are eligible to take the National Counselor’s Exam (NCE) during their last semester in the program.
While the school makes every effort to ensure that the program meets licensure requirements in North Carolina, licensure and certification requirements vary by state. The school’s responsibility is providing an opportunity to earn a degree. The student is responsible to contact the appropriate licensure or certification organizations and obtain the latest information on what is required for that particular licensure or certification.
Hours accumulated from practica experience, which meet the requirements for the MACC degree may or may not meet the requirements for a particular licensure or certification. (E.g., Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) meets degree requirements but may not meet state licensure requirements.)
My experience at Gordon-Conwell fueled my excitement for studying of the Bible and developed my ability to interpret and contextualize Scripture to the lives of those to whom I minister. I received so much more spiritually than I ever imagined from being a part of the community of Gordon-Conwell.”
Sharon Exum, MACC ‘10
Staff Counselor, Elizabeth Family Medicine | Integrative Pastoral Psychotherapy Training Program of Carolinas Healthcare System | Charlotte, N.C.
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