Associate of Arts in Leadership Studies (Counseling concentration)

2 years    |    60 Credits[Units]
Academic Program Description and Objectives

The Associate of Arts in Leadership Studies (AALS) is a two-year program designed to equip students to serve as effective Christian leaders in a variety of capacities, especially in Christian ministry. The AALS is a concise, well-balanced program in biblical and leadership studies ideal for students who may not be able to commit to a longer program.

It offers three concentration options: Pastoral Ministry, Christian Counseling, and Worship, Media & Creative Arts. All three have a core of Bible and theology courses, because Christian leadership involves not only having practical leadership skills, but also the biblical & theological knowledge necessary to live and to lead as a Christian.

Christian Counseling Concentration:
The Christian Counseling concentration of the AALS prepares students with the training and skills to provide effective biblical and spiritual counsel, and especially to function as a valuable member of a church ministry team. The counseling courses are built upon a foundation of Bible, theology, and leadership courses that give the student a well-rounded foundation to serve in Christian ministry or in other capacities in the community.

Full AALS Curriculum

The course descriptions for the courses listed below may be found in the Academic Catalog.

    Biblical/Theological Studies Core 15 Credits
    BS 101 Bible Panorama (or, BS 104, NT Survey)
    BS 102 Biblical Interpretation
    BS 103 Old Testament Survey
    BS 104 New Testament Survey
    TH 211 Theological Foundations: The Doctrines of God and Scripture
    TH 313 Theological Foundations: The Doctrines of Christ and Salvation

    Core Ministry & Leadership Courses 12 Credits
    (choose 4 courses)

    PT 101 Inner Healing and Prayer
    PT 102 Essentials of Spiritual Formation*
    PT 103 Communion with God*
    * Students will normally take either PT 102 or PT 103.
    PT 219 Evangelism and Discipleship
    PT 245 Fundamentals of Christian Leadership**
    PT 301 Organizational Leadership**
    **Students will normally take either PT 245 or PT 301.
    PT 345 Foundations of Preaching
    PT 456 Basics of Church Planting
    WM 305 Worship in the Life of the Church
    CE 307 Christian Education
    CE 319 Church Ministry to Children & Youth

    Required General Education Courses 15 Credits
    CH 325 Church History I
    GE 105 Intercultural Communication*
    GE 118 Introduction to Psychology
    GE 221 Research & Academic Writing*
    * Students will normally take either GE 105 or GE 221.
    GE 242 Health Studies
    GE 310 Digital Literacy Esentials
    Alternate Gen Ed Course for GE 310:
    GE 399 Introduction to World Religions

    Christian Counseling Concentration
    15 Credits (choose 5 courses)

    CC 301 Life Development & Change
    CC 302 Marriage & Family Counseling
    CC 303 Models of Counseling & Practice
    CC 304 Child and Adolescent Counseling
    CC 305 Anxiety, Crisis, & Trauma Counseling
    CC 406 Holistic Healing and Spirituality
    CC 407 Creative Drama Therapy
    CC 408 Drama Therapy and Identity
    CC 409 Difference Counseling
    CC 410 God-shaped Brain and Heart
    CC 411 Transformation with Addictive Populations

    Practicum / Internships 3 Credits, or 6 Credits
    • Students who have little or no ministry experience need to take at least one internship course.
    • They may choose to take a second internship course in place of a Ministry & Leadership course.
    • Students who have years of ministry experience do not need to take an internship, and may take a different course instead.
    PM 301 Practicum Internship #1
    PM 302 Practicum Internship #2