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. 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.

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Thank you for your interest in the honorary doctorates that are awarded by St. Stephen Harding Theological College and Seminary.

The honorary Doctor of Divinity, D. D. or Doctor of Letters, LL.D. have been awarded by colleges/universities and the church for centuries and are recognized as a sign of distinction and appreciation. Often they can open many “doors” that would otherwise be closed. Additionally an individual with this degree has the additional honor and use of the title Doctor.

We offer these degrees for the purpose of rewarding or advancing outstanding persons. Thus, honorary degrees may be awarded to a person deserving of honor by virtue of scholarly distinction, noteworthy public service, or significant contribution to the church at large.

You may submit a nomination by a person or organization. The nomination should include a letter of recommendation for the award, a biographical sketch of the candidate, a summary of accomplishments or deeds for which the nominee would be honored along with supporting documentation, where possible, and a photograph. This should be accompanied by a certified check/money order, or Visa/Master Charge/Debit Card for the tuition of $1250.00. All information is confidential.

Should the nomination be rejected then the $1250.00 less $150.00 application fee will be returned. If you need more information regarding Honorary Doctoral Degrees, please visit the “Contact Us” page. questions you are welcome to call or write.

Special note

Since the recipient of an honorary degree represents the College/Seminary should it become publically known that the recipient no longer represents the purpose and mission of the College/Seminary then the College/Seminary may withdraw the honorary degree. All fees/tuitions/donations however are not refundable. Such reasons for withdrawal are but not limited to:

Persons who belong to cults, non-Christian chivalric orders; secret organizations, such as the Freemasons; or groups that promoted hatred or bigotry such as the KKK, or political groups whose purpose is to create terror or overthrow legitimate government, groups who worship Satan, false gods; or philosophies, such as pantheism.

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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 Academic Dean.

Continuing Education, (CE)

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.

Licentiate of Sacred Theology, (STL)

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.

Certificate of Studies and Advanced Studies, (CS/CAS)

Candidates will select courses totaling 15 credit 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.

Bachelor of Theology, (Th.B.)

Candidates for the Bachelor of Theology, 120 credit hours, 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.

Master of Theology, (Th.M.)

Candidates for Master of Theology, 30 credit hours, 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.

Doctor of Theology, (Th.D.)

Candidates for the Doctor of Theology, 60 credit hours beyond masters 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. Specific programs are designed by the student with the aid of the Academic Dean.

Masters Degree, (Th.M.) and Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Christian Counseling (Ph.D.).

National Christian Counselors Association training and licensing program: See catalog for details.

All programs are subject to the Academic Dean’s approval.

Grading System

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

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Training, License, Degrees

The National Christian Counselors Association (NCCA) is a not-for-profit professional organization that trains, certifies and licenses Christian counselors. The Association includes ministers, Christian counselors, testing specialists, medical doctors, social workers, attorneys and educators.

Our purpose is to help Christians who believe that God has called them into the ministry of counseling. The NCCA has been faithful to this mission for over eighteen years and has assisted thousands of Christians to fulfill their call. We can help you achieve yours.

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.

As a NCCA Licensed Christian Counselor you can qualify to:
  • Train others to counsel
  • Teach Biblically based human behavior and problem resolution
  • Start a Christian counseling ministry
  • Be Board Certified as a specialist in areas such as:
    • Marriage & Family Therapy
    • Child & Adolescent Therapy
    • Crisis & Abuse Therapy
    • Domestic Violence & Intervention Therapy
  • Receive on-going support via networking with other Christian counselors
Benefits of NCCA Training

The training adjusts to meet the needs of Christians with different goals, including:

  • Christians who want to be better equipped to minister to those who need counsel
  • Pastors who want to learn how to counsel members of their community who are experiencing problems
  • Christians who want to be credentialed and enter the field of counseling as a profession
  • Professional counselors who want to become A.P.S. (Arno Profile System) certified and learn a Biblically -based counseling model with proven success.
Counseling with Proven Success

The Arno Profile System (A.P.S.) is an easy-to-learn counseling technique that has achieved a success rate of over 90%. Thousands of lay counselors, professional counselors and pastors throughout the United States and in nine foreign countries are currently using the A.P.S. It will help you identify counselees’ problems faster and more accurately.

There are over 4000 licensed counselors in practice, worldwide, using the A.P.S. NCCA is internationally recognized as the best and most affordable counseling training available. The NCCA’s curriculum is used by over 150 schools.

Program Levels

NCCA training includes several options ranging from licensing to advanced level programs. If you want to continue your education, you can receive your next degree level (Masters or Doctorate) in Christian Counseling from St. Stephen Harding Theological College and Seminary, which is an approved certified academic institute by the NCCA.

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Advanced, Continuing Education and Board Certification Areas

Program 1 Certification or License (only)

Procedures and Requirements
Complete Phase I

Each candidate must complete the following 5 courses:

  1. Basic Christian Counseling
  2. Temperament Theory
  3. Testing/Measurements
  4. Temperament Therapy
  5. Christian Psychology and Counseling
Additional Requirements

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:
    • Written responses to 50 ethical questions posted by NCCA National Licensing Board of Examiners.
    • $50.00 for first year’s annual dues.
    • A signed Application for Certification/Membership form and a signed copy of NCCA Code of Ethical Standards.

After successfully completing all of the requirements for Phase I, the candidate will receive:

  • Certified Temperament Counselor and Clinical Member (non-clergy), or
  • Professional Clinical Member (clergy).
Complete Phase II

Each candidate must complete the following 4 courses:

  1. Ministerial Credentials*
  2. Mastering Pastoral Counseling
  3. Temperament Case Studies
  4. Counseling the Codependent
Additional Requirements

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.
    2. A licensing fee of $100.00.

After successfully completing all of the requirements for Phase ll the candidate will receive:

  • Certified Pastoral Counselor (non-degreed)
  • Licensed Pastoral Counselor (holds a Bachelors)
  • Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor (holds a Masters)
  • Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor-Advanced Certified (holds a Doctorate)
  • Annual membership and license renewal is required. Membership is $50.00 per year and license renewal is $29.00 per year. A signed affidavit verifying continuing education must be submitted annually.

*Candidates who are already ordained, licensed or commissioned as a minister are exempt from this course.

Program 2 Combined License and Th.M. Degree

Procedures and Requirements

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.

  1. Complete Phase I and Phase III
  2. Complete Phase III
  3. Complete 4 Advanced Courses

(See course listing this section)

Additional Requirements

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.
  2. $50.00 payable to NCCA to upgrade the candidate’s license to Th.M., a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor.

Upon completing all the requirements for Phase III the candidate will receive:

  • Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor and
  • Appropriate Board Certification for selected specialty area
  • Master in Clinical Christian Counseling degree

Program 3 Combined License and Ph.D. Degree

Procedures and Requirements

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.

  1. Complete Phase I and Phase II
  2. Complete Phase III
  3. Complete 12 Advanced Courses

(See course listing this section)

Additional Requirements

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.
  2. $50.00 made payable to the NCCA to upgrade the candidate’s license to the Ph.D. level of Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor-Advanced Certification.

After successfully completing all the requirements for Phase III, the candidate will receive:

  • Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor-Advanced Certificate and
  • Appropriate Board Certification certificates for selected specialty areas and
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Christian Counseling degree


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Integrated Marriage and Family Therapy

NCCA 301 Marriage and family Counseling and Integrated Approach
NCCA 302 Integrated Temperament Couple Therapy
NCCA 303 Pre-Marriage Counseling with Temperament
NCCA 304 The Father-Daughter Connection

Child and Adolescent Therapy

NCCA 310 Counseling Families
NCCA 311 Counseling and children
NCCA312 Counseling Youth
NCCA 313 Counseling and The Search for Meaning

Substance Abuse and Addition Therapy

NCCA 320 Counseling for Substance Abuse and Addiction
NCCA 321 Counseling Adult Children of Alcoholics
NCCA 322 Counseling for Problems of Self Control
NCCA 323 Counseling Those with Eating Disorders

Board Certified Temperament Therapist

NCCA 202 Temperament Case Studies
NCCA 331 Life’s Answers through Counseling With God
NCCA 332 Living in the Spirit-Utilizing Temperament
NCCA 333 Perspective Utilizing Temperament

Sexual Therapy

NCCA 340 Counseling for Sexual Disorders
NCCA 341 Counseling for Homosexuality
NCCA 322 Counseling for Problems of Self-Control
NCCA 343 Counseling for Unplanned Pregnancy and Infertility

Death and Grief Therapy

NCCA 350 Counseling the Sick and Terminally Ill
NCCA 351 Counseling for Anger
NCCA 352 Joy In The Midst of Mourning
NCCA 353 Counseling Families of Children With Disabilities

Cognitive Therapy and Ethics

NCCA 354 Cognitive Therapy techniques
NCCA 331 Life’s Answers Through Counseling With God
NCCA 355 Quality, Ethics, and Legal Issues in Christian Counseling
NCCA 356 Innovative Approaches in Counseling

Crisis and Abuse Therapy

NCCA 360 Counseling for Family Violence and/or Abuse
NCCA 361 Counseling in Times of Crisis
NCCA 351 Counseling for Anger
NCCA 363 Counseling the Depressed

Domestic Violence and Intervention Therapy

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
NCCA 320 Counseling for Substance Abuse and Addiction
NCCA 322 Counseling for Problems of Self Control
NCCA 310 Counseling Families
NCCA 362 Counseling and Self-Esteem

Group Therapy

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:

NCCA 400 Group Therapy

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PHASE I

Application fee $75.00  
Supervision fee $300.00
NCCA annual membership fee $50.00
Basic Christian Counseling $292.00
Temperament Theory $292.00
Testing/Measurements $292.00
Temperament Therapy $292.00
Christian Psychology & Counseling $292.00
Answer 50 Board Questions $0
10 APS tests @ $30 each $300.00

Certified Temperament Counselor and Clinical Membership


PHASE II

Mastering Pastoral Counseling Utilizing Temperament $292.00  
Temperament Case Studies $292.00
Codependency $292.00
15 APS tests @ $30 each $450.00
National Background Check $100.00

Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor

(*Must be ordained, licensed or commissioned to enroll in Phase II. Course for NCCA ordination: $364.00)
Advanced Courses: $193.00 each
Text for each course is: $92.00 plus shipping (cost is not included in tuition)
Each NCCA course is considered 3 credit hours.

The cost of the courses and other fees are different than that of St. Stephen Harding Theological College and Seminary and cannot be part of a discounted scholarship program. St. Stephen Harding Theological College and Seminary payment and refund polices apply to NCCA course.

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