The Certificate in Pastoral Counseling is designed to provide supplemental education for baccalaureate degreed professionals in the behavioral sciences, and also to provide other non-behavioral health graduates the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of existing knowledge within the discipline of psychology.

Specifically, this graduate certificate explores vital ethical, cultural, and professional topics of interest to those who want to develop a deeper understanding of theories within pastoral counseling. While pursuing the CPPC, learners are exposed to theoretical models and psychological concepts, supported by cutting-edge scientific research.

Quick Facts:

  • Credits required: 18
  • Cost per credit: $545
  • Program length: 1 year  (full-time status)

Time to certificate completion can be accelerated by taking multiple courses in a term and through credits accepted in transfer.

What you’ll learn

Promote the integration of practical psychological experience with formal academic learning.

Foster growth in intellectual accomplishment and an opportunity to develop an executive level perspective on practices in the behavioral sciences.

Promote the acquisition of psychological concepts, principles, standards, and processes as it relates to the behavioral sciences.

Encourage legal and ethical behavior as it relates to the behavioral sciences.

Encourage ethical behavior in regards to information technology skills as it applies to mental health environments.

Promote the analysis and evaluation of information critically and effectively.

Foster the integration of multicultural awareness of human diversity as it relates to the behavioral sciences.

Career Outcomes

Faith-based social services and support

Certificate in Pastoral Counseling Requirements

Certificate Requirements Credits
Required Core Courses 18

Courses + Credits

CalSouthern’s Certificate in Pastoral Counseling is an 18-credit program comprised of the following six (6) required courses:

Required Core Courses

  • PSY 6509 Systems of Family Therapy — 3-credits
  • PSY 7517 Psychology of Aging — 3-credits
  • PSY 6801 Therapeutic Boundaries — 3-credits
  • PSY 7507 Advanced Human Sexuality — 3-credits
  • PSY 7533 Psychology of Death and Dying — 3-credits
  • PSY 7541 Psychology of Religion — 3-credits

Download the University Catalog for full course descriptions, prerequisite information, and program details.

I had a wonderful experience and loved the flexibility of the program. I could go at my own pace, was able to work ahead when I needed to, and to take extra time when I needed to. The faculty mentors were fantastic and very helpful and inspiring. I feel like I got an excellent education for an affordable price and I appreciate everything that it brought to my life.

– Jinxi Caddel, School of Behavioral Sciences

Ready to get back to your dreams? We can help!

Contact us to learn more about our online Certificate in Pastoral Counseling program.

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Accreditation & Approvals


California Southern University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), which is one of six regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Regional accreditation is the most highly respected and recognized form of accreditation in the United States, and it provides students with a number of important benefits and opportunities.

Please visit the Accreditation & Licensure page to learn more.

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