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Bachelor of Theology in Pastoral Care and Counselling Ministry

Vanguard College

Vanguard College

The Pastoral Care and Counselling degree program provides the instruction necessary to develop skills to help others who struggle with mental, emotional, and spiritual issues. It begins by developing personal awareness as well as spiritual depth and acuity in order to prepare the student to care for individuals from a firm faith foundation. The program provides for the development of pastoral counselling skills based on biblical, psychological and theoretical knowledge. Topics include biopsychology, personality, mental health disorders, classic theorists, counselling modalities, as well as specific counselling skills such as addictions, grief, trauma, crisis, and group work. Degree outcomes include additional certificates in marriage counselling and suicide intervention. Throughout the four years, the student is given opportunity to experience spiritual direction and gain practical experience through in-class practice, practicum placements, and internship.


12140-103 Street
Edmonton, Alberta, T5G 2J9, Canada

  • Program Type Bachelor's
  • Credential Type Degree
  • Length 4 Years

    4 Years

  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements

Introduction to Psychology is a prerequisite for the counselling courses. This can be taken online, on-campus or be transferred in from other post-secondary institution.

Students from Alberta: Applicants from Alberta must have achieved a valid high school diploma with completion of a Grade 12 English (English 30 preferred). Those students not meeting this requirement but having Mature Student Status will also be considered.

Mature students: Applicants 21 years of age or older on Registration Day, who have been away from formal education for a minimum of two years and who can demonstrate their ability to undertake college-level studies are eligible to complete the application process. Each applicant will be considered on an individual basis. All Mature Students applicants are required to provide an Official Transcript showing completion of an ELA 30-1 or ELA 30-2 or their equivalencies (Grade 12 English) before they may be admitted to a Diploma or Degree Program of Study.

The best option is to present results of standardized testing, such as Provincial Departmental results, ACT or SAT. Students may also consider the option to apply as an open studies student, completing two courses with a minimum grade of C, as an alternative to providing a high school transcript. Please note that an introductory learning course must first be completed with a minimum grade of B-. These courses are designed to equip you for post-secondary studies.

From other Provinces or Territories: See full details.

How to apply.

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2020/08/01 to 2021/07/31*.

  • Tuition $7,520.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $2,184.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $600.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated November 21, 2018. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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