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Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation

School FAQs

Online FAQS

What is the difference between an online and an onsite (live) class?

Onsite courses are taught live in a classroom with the professor lecturing. Onsite courses generally meet once per week for 12 to 13 weeks, and students in the onsite courses must be present to attend class in the Philadelphia area.

Online courses have been adapted from our live courses, but students participate through a virtual campus using a computer and internet connection. Students will watch/listen to a lecture, interact with others through a community board, and complete weekly readings and assignments. Online courses run for 12 to 14 weeks.

Hybrid courses are a combination of our online and onsite courses. Hybrid courses utilize videos from the online virtual campus, but students also meet live for a portion of the class (i.e., you must be present in the Philadelphia area to participate).

Do I need to be logged in at a certain time to participate in the lectures?

Each week, you will watch or listen to a pre-recorded lecture. Though your weekly assignments are due by a certain date, you are free to watch or listen to your lecture at any time during the week that is conducive to your schedule.

When does the next semester begin?

Our online semesters begin in January, May, and September. Please see our online course page for the official start date of our next semester.

When is the registration deadline?

Please see our online course page for the registration deadline of our next semester.

I missed the registration deadline! Can I still register for a course?

We do offer a waiting list for courses. If a waiting list is available after a registration deadline, information for the waiting list will be posted on the specific course’s page.

What is the difference between credit and audit?

Credit students complete weekly assignments and receive graded feedback. They are also eligible to earn CCEF certificates representing a completed course of study.

Audit students have the freedom to watch lectures and complete reading and writing assignments at their own pace for up to six months. However, auditors do not submit any work for grading or have access to a Recitation Instructor. While we encourage auditors to participate in community boards, we do not include auditors in small groups in Helping Relationships. Audited courses do not count towards a certificate.

What is the price for an online course?

$599 for a 3-credit course; $415 for a 2-credit course. You can audit a course for 50% off of the credit price. At this time, students are not able to audit Essential Qualities of a Biblical Counselor. These fees do not include required textbooks.

Do you offer financial aid or discounts?

CCEF is unfortunately not able to offer any scholarships or grants. However, we do have special discounts available for families and church groups of four or more.

Family members living in the same household and who take the same class for credit within a year may receive a family discount of 50% off of one registration. Contact Student Services to receive a registration coupon code for this discount.

For more information on church group discounts, contact Student Services.

May I pay for my course in installments?

CCEF is unable to accept payment for courses in installments. Payment must be received in full in order to reserve your space in a course.

Do any of the courses have prerequisites?

Dynamics of Biblical Change is a prerequisite to all other courses in the program. Essential Qualities of a Biblical Counselor and Counseling Observation also require Helping Relationships (in addition to Dynamics of Biblical Change) as a prerequisite.

Which course should I take after Dynamics of Biblical Change?

Although there is not a required sequence after Dynamics of Biblical Change, many students choose to continue working on courses within the Foundations certificate. Helping Relationships is a popular course to take next. If you have further questions, please contact Student Services.

I would like to register a church group to take a course together. What is the best way to proceed?

We are thrilled that you would like to take a church group through a course! Please contact Student Services well before the registration deadline so that we can assist you with your registration.

What are the technical requirements for taking a CCEF online course?

We strongly recommend that you have access to and experience with a desktop or laptop (not just an iPad or mobile device) with internet access, as well as Microsoft Word or a word processor that can export files in a .doc or .docx format. We recommend using Google Chrome for your browser when accessing the SBC Online classroom.

Can you please send me a syllabus?

Please contact Student Services to request a syllabus.

Onsite FAQS

What is the difference between an online and an onsite (live) class?

Onsite courses are taught live in a classroom with the professor lecturing. Onsite courses generally meet once per week for 12 to 13 weeks, and students in the onsite courses must be present to attend class in the Philadelphia area.

Online courses have been adapted from our live courses, but students participate through a virtual campus using a computer and internet connection. Students will watch/listen to a lecture, interact with others through a community board, and complete weekly readings and assignments. Online courses run for 12 to 14 weeks.

Hybrid courses are a combination of our online and onsite courses. Hybrid courses utilize videos from the online virtual campus, but students also meet live for a portion of the class (i.e., you must be present in the Philadelphia area to participate).

When does the next semester begin?

Our onsite semesters begin in Winter (early January), Spring (early February), Summer Intensive (early June), and Fall (early September). Please see our onsite course page for the official start date of our next semester.

When is the registration deadline?

Please see our onsite course page for the registration deadline of our next semester.

I missed the registration deadline! Can I still register for a course?

We do offer a waiting list for courses depending on space available in our courses. If a waiting list is available after a registration deadline, information for the waiting list will be posted on the individual course page.

What is the difference between credit and audit?

Credit students complete weekly assignments and receive graded feedback. They are also eligible to earn CCEF certificates representing a completed course of study.

Audit students have the freedom to watch lectures and complete reading and writing assignments at their own pace for up to six months. However, auditors do not submit any work for grading or have access to a Recitation Instructor. While we encourage auditors to participate in community boards, we do not include auditors in small groups in Helping Relationships. Audited courses do not count towards a certificate.

What is the price for an onsite course?

$560 for a 3-credit course; $375 for a 2-credit course. You can audit a course for 50% off of the credit price. At this time, students are not able to audit Essential Qualities of a Biblical Counselor. These fees do not include required textbooks.

Do you offer financial aid or discounts?

CCEF is unfortunately not able to offer any scholarships or grants. However, we do have special discounts available for families and church groups of four or more.

Family members living in the same household and who take the same class for credit within a year may receive a family discount of 50% off of one registration. Contact Student Services to receive a registration coupon code for this discount.

For more information on church group discounts, contact Student Services.

May I pay for my course in installments?

CCEF is unable to accept payment for courses in installments. Payment must be received in full in order to reserve your space in a course.

Do any of the courses have prerequisites?

Dynamics of Biblical Change is a prerequisite to all other courses in the program. Essential Qualities of a Biblical Counselor and Counseling Observation also require Helping Relationships (in addition to Dynamics of Biblical Change) as a prerequisite.

Which course should I take after Dynamics of Biblical Change?

Although there is not a required sequence after Dynamics of Biblical Change, many students choose to continue working on courses within the Foundations certificate. Helping Relationships is a popular course to take next. If you have further questions, please contact Student Services.

I would like to register a church group to take a course together. What is the best way to proceed?

We are thrilled that you would like to take a church group through a course! Please contact Student Services well before the registration deadline so that we can assist you with your registration.

When and where will my class meet?

CCEF courses meet at Westminster Theological Seminary (2960 Church Road, Glenside, PA 19038) and at CCEF (1803 E. Willow Grove Ave., Glenside, PA 19038). One to two weeks prior to the semester’s start date, you will receive an email from Student Services with more detailed information about your course location and start date.

Can you please send me a syllabus?

You will receive a syllabus and more information about your course one to two weeks prior to the semester’s start date. Please contact Student Services to request a syllabus prior to this time.

What is a hybrid course?

Hybrid courses are a combination of our online and onsite courses. Hybrid courses utilize videos from the online virtual campus, but students also meet live for a portion of the class (i.e., you must be present in the Philadelphia area to participate).

What is the price for a hybrid course?

$599 for a 3-credit course; $415 for a 2-credit course. You can audit hybrid courses for 50% off. These fees do not include required textbooks.

What are the technical requirements for taking a CCEF hybrid course?

We strongly recommend that you have access to and experience with a desktop or laptop (not just an iPad or mobile device) with internet access, as well as Microsoft Word or a word processor that can export files in a .doc or .docx format. We recommend using Google Chrome for your browser when accessing the SBC Online classroom.

Do I need to be logged in at a certain time to participate in the online lectures for a hybrid course?

Each week, you will watch or listen to a pre-recorded lecture. Though your weekly assignments are due by a certain date, you are free to watch or listen to your lecture at any time during the week that is conducive to your schedule.

Certificate FAQS

Is the certificate program for me?

Students who are working toward a certificate represent diverse backgrounds and ministry goals; they are pastors, youth ministers, counselors, small group leaders, laypeople, missionaries, businessmen and women, retirees, and more.

What can I do with a CCEF certificate?

The certificate program provides a robust education. CCEF foundational courses explain what biblical counseling is, how biblical counseling happens, and the primary place biblical counseling happens. As students continue in the program, they are able to explore specific topics (for example: marriage, children and adolescents, addictions, depression, anxiety, etc.) in a deeper and more comprehensive way. CCEF’s certificate program can help train pastors and other ministry leaders, but can also assist those in a variety of lay ministry responsibilities.

Is CCEF accredited?

CCEF’s education program is not accredited. Our certificate program’s focus is to equip counselors within a church context. However, some academic institutions do accept our coursework towards accredited degree programs. Please see the next question for more information.

Does CCEF certify its counselors?

CCEF is not a certifying agency. We do not “certify” or “endorse” counselors who have completed one of our certificates. A significant part of any professional certification process is supervised counseling to observe if a student is appropriately applying what has been learned, along with periodic recertification requirements. At this time, CCEF only awards a certificate of completion from our organization, representing that students have completed coursework within that certificate.

Do CCEF courses transfer into other institutions’ degree programs?

CCEF is not an accredited institution nor offers a degree program. It is the prerogative of an institution/seminary to acknowledge CCEF coursework towards a degree program. Please contact the Admissions or Registrar department of the school(s) you are considering to discuss the possibility of CCEF courses applying towards a degree program. If you need a record of your courses (course name, course dates, grade received), you can order a Course Record here.

If you wish to refer to yourself as a “certified counselor” or “certified biblical counselor,” you should pursue certification through an organization that provides certification. Some organizations will accept CCEF courses as part of their training requirement. Licensure as a professional counselor is offered through state agencies and typically requires a graduate degree from an accredited institution. Some of our students do go on to be licensed.

How long do I have to complete a certificate?

Students must complete all courses towards a particular certificate within a five-year period.

How long does it take to complete all three certificates?

All three certificates can be completed in one calendar year, through a combination of online and onsite courses. However, most of our students take several years to complete all three certificates. If you have other responsibilities to prioritize (e.g., work, family, ministry duties), you should expect to take at least two years to complete all three certificates.

How do I begin working on the certificate program?

You will start by registering as a credit student for Dynamics of Biblical Change, which is our foundational course and part of the Foundations of Biblical Counseling certificate. This course is available every semester online and in the Fall onsite.

Do I have to take the courses in a particular order?

Students must begin their studies with CCEF by taking Dynamics of Biblical Change. After completing this course, you are permitted to take any CCEF courses that do not have other prerequisites. Note: Prerequisites will be noted for you on the individual course page. You can work on courses in multiple certificates simultaneously; however, you must earn the Foundations certificate before you can receive a Topics or Counseling Skills certificate.

I have finished all required courses for a certificate. When will I receive it?

We mail out certificates, signed by our faculty, three times a year. You must request a certificate via SBC Online at the end of your last course within a given certificate. Instructions to request a certificate are available in SBC Online during the last week of your course. If you believe you did not receive a certificate that you have earned, please contact Student Services.

Is there anything else I should know?

Please keep in mind that students must take courses for credit in order to earn a certificate. To learn more about the differences between credit and audit, see below. Also, students must earn a C- or higher in all required courses before CCEF will award the certificate.

Credit students work will complete weekly assignments and receive graded feedback. They are also eligible to earn certificates.

Audit students have the freedom to view/download (online) or attend (onsite) class lectures and complete reading and writing assignments at their own pace throughout the semester. However, auditors do not submit any work for grading. While we encourage auditors to participate in online/classroom discussions, auditors are not required to attend small groups in Helping Relationships. Audited courses do not count towards a certificate.

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