Designed for those seeking formal licensure, the MAC prepares students to work as licensed counselors, whether public or church-related settings, and also prepares them for further study. The three-year curriculum includes a theological and theoretical foundation followed by practical orientation through a counseling internship. Students are equipped with counseling skills and techniques based on a conceptual framework rooted in Scripture and informed by clinical study.
Distinctives of the MAC
Covenant Seminary’s MAC program is recognized by the Missouri Committee for Professional Counselors and uniquely prepares students to serve as counselors in church-related contexts. It also provides excellent preparation for students planning on advanced graduate study, state licensure, and work in other counseling agencies. Covenant Seminary trains counselors with a biblical approach that rigorously examines theories of human nature and counseling techniques in the context of biblical truth. Rather than either dehumanizing or deifying human beings, the Seminary’s counseling program seeks to train students to see every human being as a person made in the image of God, yet affected by the Fall—living both in dignity and depravity. With this Scriptural perspective as a foundation and framework, students are equipped to demonstrate God’s grace and to help hurting people grow and change. The curriculum does more than just provide theory and practice; it helps students to discern what is true and apply that discernment to the counseling setting.
One of the hallmarks of Covenant Seminary’s MAC program is the high level of faculty involvement in the training of future counselors. This is particularly true as students–after being approved for internship candidacy (see handbook for details)–head into their internship year, during which they meet regularly with one of our counseling faculty (in weekly small group settings and regular one-on-one settings) to assess their progress in learning counseling theory and technique. Enrollment in this program is limited so that we can ensure a high level of personal mentoring and provide quality internship sites and placement assistance. Also, due to the nature of faculty and staff involvement in the MAC, it is only available to students taking classes on-campus; there is no distance option.
The academic and practical training provided through the MAC program at Covenant Seminary has been designed to meet the foundational educational requirements of the Missouri Committee for Professional Counselors for state licensure. To meet the remaining state licensure requirements, students must complete study in three areas not required in Covenant Seminary’s core curriculum—career counseling, educational/psychological measurements, and group techniques (all available at Covenant Seminary as elective credit)—as well as additional hours of supervised, post-degree counseling under a licensed professional.
Applicants should be aware that licensure requirements vary widely by state, including required graduate-level classes, internship hours during graduate school and post-degree requirements. While the MAC program at Covenant Seminary is a 64-credit program, it may need to be customized to meet the specific credit requirements of states other than Missouri. If applicants plan to practice outside of Missouri, we strongly recommend pursuing the state specific information, which can be found at the website for each state’s licensing department or bureau. This information can then be used to create a customized academic plan. Courses may be taken to satisfy various state requirements either at Covenant Seminary or partner institutions in St. Louis.
Preparation for Study
While undergraduate work in psychology, counseling, or social work can be helpful in pursuing the MAC, it is not a necessity. Students with some undergraduate work in these areas are usually better equipped to synthesize the psychological training with the biblical foundation that Covenant Seminary presents. Because the biblical foundation is critical to Covenant Seminary’s counseling program, prospective students are strongly encouraged to increase their knowledge of Bible content.