ACADEMICS » Master of Science in Counseling
Master of Science degree
ONline distance learning
Our online distance learning program is flexible and convenient. You can earn your degree on your own schedule.
Each online class is offered in an eight-week session, allowing you to graduate from the program in as little as two to three years. Three classes (noted with asterisks) require you to come on campus for one of the eight weeks. Housing is available.
Textbooks can be ordered and delivered to your home with your BBC e-mail address. Order books and see a listing here.
online program schedule
Courses begin each year in August, October, January, March, and May.
View online program details and requirements here.
View a Three-Year Scope & Sequence for this program here.
Spring 2014 – Session 1
January 13–March 7
CO502–Biblical Theology of Counseling – 3 credits – Dr. Cary Lantz
This course covers the centrality of the Bible in its relationship to biblical counseling, student development of a theology of counseling with respect to counseling philosophy and methodology; and the church’s role in counseling from the perspective of pastors and non-clergy.
CO519–Evaluating Research– 3 credits – Dr. Barry Smith
An introduction to research methods and statistics. Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to critically evaluate quantitative and qualitative research.
CO530–Human Development– 3 credits – Dr. Gerlin Valencia
This course covers lifespan learning and development with respect to human personality formation; developmental processes and adjustment functions within cultural contexts; and interplay between human development, personality formation, and the role of learning in formulating life constructs.
CO535–Introduction to Group Counseling– 3 credit
This course is a study of the process involved in group development, dynamics, counseling, and closure. Leadership styles, elements of cohesion, issues of confidentiality, and various theories of group approaches; ethics and moral guidelines, as well as analysis of long-term effectiveness from group experiences, and includes an experiential component which includes voluntary self-disclosure activities.
CO550– Ethics and Professional Orientation to Counseling – 3 credit
This course is an investigation of legal, ethical, and moral issues germane to professional counseling, as well as credentials and professionalism, affiliation, professional membership, licensure, and certification. Malpractice and legal responsibilities in relationship to counselor trainees and professional counselors is covered.
Spring 2014 – Session 1
March 7–May 9
CO506–Biblical Philosophy of Counseling– 3 credit– Dr. Cary Lantz
This course covers student formulation and articulation of a personal philosophy of biblical counseling with emphasis on the Scripture’s sufficiency in meeting human needs. Analysis of various Christian counselors and philosophies toward biblical counseling and historical perspectives relative to contemporary issues in counseling will be taught.
CO508–Methods of Biblical Change–3 credit– Dr. Gerlin Valencia
This course covers elements for effective relationship-building between counselor and counselee, the process of affecting behavioral, attitudinal, cognitive, emotional, and spiritual heart change in counselees’ lives, and elements of spiritual dynamics, grace accountability, and follow up in their relationship to affecting biblical change in counselees’ lives.
CO532–Career Counseling–3 credits–Heather Hall
This course is a survey of developmental theories, decision-making paradigms, and principles for vocational guidance. Factors involving choice of colleges and/or other educational options as they relate to career planning, and information service tools as they relate to the career counseling process are included.
CO540–Abnormal Behavior–3 credits
This course is an in-depth examination of causes, classifications, referral procedures, and intervention strategies relating to character, personality, cognitive, and affective disturbances. The student will gain a working knowledge of the DSM 188.
CO542–Appraisal and Testing in Counseling–3 credits
This course is a survey of assessment instruments which are involved in appraisal and counseling processes, including intellectual, personality, and vocational interest inventories. Validity/reliability, report writing, and ethical practices in the use of assessment devices is included along with supervised opportunities to administer various assessment instruments to counselees. (Prerequisite: equivalent of an undergraduate or graduate course in tests and measurements or statistics.)
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