Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF)

“As we look more closely at life, it becomes clearer and clearer that Scripture is about counseling: diagnostic categories, causal explanations of behavior and emotion, interpretation of external sufferings and influences, definitions of workable solutions, character of the counselor, goals for the counseling process…These are all matters to which God speaks directly, specifically, and frequently. He calls us to listen attentively, to think hard and well, and to develop our practical theology of conversational ministry.”

- David Powlison, Faculty and Executive Director, CCEF


BTS partners with the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF) to provide the best counseling education through distance learning. In addition, BTS provides the opportunity for CCEF students to possibly convert their non-accredited CCEF credits to accredited credits.

Steps to Convert CCEF Credits:

Step 1: Complete an undergraduate degree

Step 2: Register for CCEF Courses (If you have already completed the course(s) please go to step 4.

To register: Enroll through the CCEF website.

Step 3: Complete the course with a 3.0/B or higher grade.

Step 4: Convert your courses to BTS credits.

Complete and Submit to BTS the CCEF Accredited Course Non-Degree Application, CCEF Credit Conversion form, official undergraduate transcript, and CCEF Transcripts.

Step 5: BTS will notify you of your transfer acceptance and bill you the tuition differential.

CCEF Frequently Asked Questions

What is required to complete a CCEF course and then convert those non-accredited CCEF credits to accredited credits through BTS?

Students must:

  • Have earned a Bachelor’s degree before the course was completed (transcript required)
  • Have earned grade B or higher in the CCEF course
  • Submit the Credit Conversion Form to the seminary along with official undergraduate transcript. Submit their official CCEF transcript
  • BTS will notify you of your transfer acceptance and bill you the tuition differential.

Which CCEF courses can be converted?

Any course that was completed with a grade B or higher after 2004. See chart below for transfer options into one of BTS’s degree programs.

How much does converting a course cost?

Beginning with the 2014‐15 academic year, you will pay BTS $300 per CCEF credit you want converted to BTS accredited credits.

How long does it take?

A decision will be made within one week of receiving a student’s Credit Conversion Form and transcripts.

How can CCEF accredited credits be used at BTS?

There are several ways to use your credits: (Please see the CCEF Credit Conversion Form for more details)

CCEF Courses (credits) Master of Arts in Counseling
M.A. in Ministry,
Counseling Concentration
Other BTS programs (Mdiv, other MA)
Dynamics of Biblical Change (3) Elective Elective Elective
Counseling in the Local Church (2) Elective Elective Elective
Marriage Counseling (3) Core Elective Elective
Counseling and Physiology (2) Core ** Elective Elective
Human Personality (3) Elective Elective Elective
Helping Relationships
Methods of Biblical Change (3)
N/A Core (Substitute for Pastoral Counseling) Core for MDiv; Elective for other MA (Substitute for Pastoral Counseling)
Biblical Interpretation (3) Core (substitute for Counseling & the Bib Text 1) or Elective Core (substitute for Authentic Biblical Interpretation) Elective
Essential Qualities of a Biblical Counselor (2) Elective Elective Elective
Theology and Secular Psychology (3) Elective Elective Elective
Counseling Observation (2) Elective Elective Elective
Counseling Problems & Procedures (3) Core (substitute for Psychopathology) Core (substitute for Psychopathology) Elective
* It is possible to bring up to 17 CCEF credits into the MAC program (up to 11 core credits and 6 elective credits).
** 1 more credit will be needed since BTS’s course is 3 credits

How do the CCEF converted course credits transfer into programs at other institutions?

CCEF converted credits are accredited credits that meet the qualifications for graduate level education. These courses may be eligible for transfer to other graduate institutions. However, BTS does not guarantee that converted credits will be accepted by another institution. Every institution sets their own policies regarding the transfer of courses into their degree programs. It is the student’s responsibility to investigate transfer credit policies with the institution.

Can CCEF converted course credits fulfill state licensure requirements for the LPC?

Each state licensing board determines acceptance of course titles and course content. BTS cannot guarantee that converted CCEF courses will be accepted by state licensing boards. Converted CCEF courses appear on the BTS transcript with the original course title. The licensing board may request your CCEF course syllabi. We recommend that you communicate directly with your state’s licensing board to ensure the acceptability of the courses. See our licensure webpage for more details.

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