I'm looking for advice on choosing my major. As many of you know I am studying for ministry and have tentatively chosen a major, though I am not sure I will end up staying with it or choosing a great deal of extra work for a different path.
I chose Pastoral Care and Counseling
The Pastoral Care and Counseling concentration offers specialized training for persons who desire to emphasize in their ministry the pastoral role of the minister as counselor and care-giver, whether in a parish setting or in an institutional setting. The program gives attention both to theory and to clinical experience under supervision.
I'm thinking of pursuing an M.Div./M.A./Educational Specialist in Mental Health Counseling
The M.Div./M.A./Educational Specialist in Mental Health Counseling program is designed to meet the needs of individuals who seek to integrate theology, faith, and spirituality with counseling theory and clinical experience in the mental health field. The program is designed to meet the educational requirements of licensure as professional counselors in North Carolina and in most other states. This program will prepare students to take the Licensed Professional Counselor exam and complete all educational requirements for North Carolina licensure.
The latter would be quite a bit more work and a greater challenge both academic and personal as it would take me longer to get through the degree and graduate. I also have considerations like a son that I want to see and the new wife I desperately want to meet someday.