|Welcome Bishops and Abbots|
|Welcome Bishops and Abbots
Welcome to Saint Stephen Harding Theological College and Seminary and Saint Seraphim school of Orthodox Theology off campus study programs. We believe that you will find our degrees and study programs of the highest academic quality.
The Licentiate of Sacred Theology, (STL), is the most flexible and economic program for Holy Orders preparation. You may select courses directly from the catalog or create your own.
We are happy to work with you to develop a seminary program, correct the candidate’s papers and report to you on his progress.
Upon completion, the candidate will receive either a certificate or degree, depending on his program.
Clergy will find the Continuing Education (CE), or Certificate of Studies, (CS) programs are helpful for on going professional development. The Th.B., Th.M., Th.D., Ph.D. and the NCCA Counseling Programs are outstanding.
Your Seminary may become a Certified, Degree Granting Academic Institution through our College/Seminary. This will enable you to be fully in charge of your program while your students have the advantage and prestige of receiving their degrees from Saint Stephen Harding Theological College and Seminary or Saint Seraphim School of Orthodox Theology.
If you do not have a Doctorate of Divinity, (D.D.) we are happy to work with you to earn a degree or provide an honorary Doctor of Divinity, (D.D.) or honorary Doctor of Letters (LL.D.). Contact the Dean for more information.
We are pleased to help you and your jurisdiction.
Honorary Doctoral Degrees
The Most Rev. Oscar Joseph, OCCO
Saint Seraphim School of Orthodox Theology
The Most Rev. Timothy Buss, Th.D.
The Most Rev. Timothy Buss, Th.D.
The program(s) of study offered by The Cistercian Order of the Holy Cross have been declared exempt from the requirements for licensure under provisions of North Carolina General Statutes Section (G.S.) 116-15(d) for exemption from licensure with respect to religious education… Exemption from licensure is not based upon any assessment of program quality under established licensing standards.
Accreditation is often necessary for students who seek transfer credit to other institutions. Therefore, prospective students seeking to earn transfer credit only, are advised to review the transfer standards of their perspective institution prior to enrolling at the College/Seminary.
St. Stephen Harding Theological College and Seminary welcomes all students, providing they have the academic backgrounds necessary to assure successful completion of their programs of study.
To establish academic continuity the student must complete fifteen credit hours of study during a one year period. Extra time maybe allowed upon request to the Dean.
Students who do not wish to earn a degree may enroll in the Continuing Education Program and select their own course of study. Credit and non-credit options are available. Students selecting the credit option must have an appropriate academic background; previous college credit is not required for non-credit students. Grading will be pass or fail.
Candidates for the Licentiate of Sacred Theology, 30 credit hours, used only as preparation for Holy Orders, must demonstrate the academic skills necessary to reasonably assure completion of the program. However, previous college credit is not required for admission. The courses are selected to satisfy the student’s goals. Students will complete a five-page summary and a five-page reflection paper for each course. Grading will be pass or fail.
Candidates will select courses totaling 15 hours in one area of study. Advanced Studies is an additional 15 credit hours in the same area of study. The courses may not be applied toward a degree or S.T.L. The student should have the appropriate academic background to assure the completion of the studies. Previous college credit is not required. Students will complete a five-page summary and a five-page reflection for each course. Grading will be pass or fail.
Candidates for the Bachelor of Theology must have previously completed high school or the equivalent. Students are free to choose the courses that best satisfy their goals. Students will complete a ten-page summary and a ten-page reflection paper for each course. Students must maintain a C average.
Candidates for Master of Theology programs must have previously earned a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an approved institution. Students are free to choose the courses that best meet their goals. Students will complete a ten-page summary and a ten-page reflection paper for each course. A dissertation maybe required. Students must maintain a B average.
Candidates for the Doctor of Theology degree must have previously earned a Master of Theology or equivalent from an approved institution. Students will complete a ten-page summary and a ten-page reflection paper for each course .A dissertation maybe required. Students must maintain a B average.
National Christian Counselors Association training and licensing program: See catalog for details.
A - Excellent 90-100 4 quality points
B - Good 80-90 3 quality points
C - Average 70-80 2 quality points
D - Passing 60-70 1 quality point
F - Failure 0-59 0 quality points
P - Pass N/A N/A
The National Christian Counselors Association
The N.C.C.A. certification/licensing program is not to be identified nor confused with state licensing. The certification/licensing program developed by the National Christian Counselors Association provides specific ministerial credentials within the Ministry of Counseling. It is not a state or government license.
• Train others to counsel
• Receive on-going support via networking with other Christian counselors
• Christians who want to be better equipped to minister to those who need counsel
Procedures and Requirements
1. Basic Christian Counseling
Each candidate must:
• Complete a practicum. This consists of administering the APS to 10 individuals under the direction of an assigned and approved clinical supervisor. Saint Stephen Harding Theological College and Seminary will provide the supervisor.
• Upon completion of the required courses submit the following:
1. Written responses to 50 ethical questions posted by NCCA National Licensing Board of Examiners.
• Certified Temperament Counselor and Clinical Member (non-clergy), or
1. Ministerial Credentials*
Each candidate must:
• Complete a practicum. This consists of administering the APS to15 additional individuals under the direction of an assigned and approved clinical supervisor.
• Upon completion of the recourses, submit the following:
1. A signed Application for License form. This Application for License form also authorizes the NCCA to secure a national background check to verify each candidate’s history.
After successfully completing all of the requirements for Phase ll the candidate will receive:
• Certified Pastoral Counselor (non-degreed)
Individuals who already have a Bachelors degree in counseling or a related human service field may elect to complete the requirements for license and qualify for a Th.M. in Clinical Christian Counseling.
Each candidate must submit the following upon completion of the required courses:
1. Two copies of a written thesis. This normally consists of 25 individual reports (case studies) developed from the candidates work with 25 individuals using the APS reports.
• Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor and
Individuals who already hold a Master’s degree in counseling or related human service field may elect to complete the requirements for license and qualify for a Ph.D. degree in Clinical Christian Counseling.
(See course listing this section)
Each candidate must submit the following upon completion of required courses:
1. Two copies of a written dissertation. This normally consists of 35 APS (25 generated for license practicum plus 10 additional) individual reports (case studies) developed from the candidate’s work with 35 individuals using the APS reports.
After successfully completing all the requirements for Phase lll, the candidate will receive:
• Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor-Advanced Certificate and
Integrated Marriage and Family Therapy
NCCA 301 Marriage and family Counseling and Integrated Approach
NCCA 310 Counseling Families
NCCA 320 Counseling for Substance Abuse and Addiction
Board Certified Temperament Therapist
NCCA 202 Temperament Case Studies
NCCA 340 Counseling for Sexual Disorders
NCCA 350 Counseling the Sick and Terminally Ill
NCCA 354 Cognitive Therapy techniques
NCCA 360 Counseling for Family Violence and/or Abuse
Applicant must hold a Masters degree or higher, be licensed by the NCCA and be Board Certified in Crisis and Abuse Therapy as well as completing the following five courses:
NCCA 202 Temperament Case Studies
Applicant must hold a Masters degree or higher, be licensed by the NCCA and be Board Certified in Integrated Marriage and Family Therapy in order to qualify for this specialty area of Board Certification. Then he/she must complete one additional course titled:
Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor