Who is CCEF?

For the last 50 years, the mission of the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF) has been to “restore Christ to counseling and counseling to the local church.” They train pastors, counselors and ministry leaders to work skillfully in the biblical care of souls. To this end, CCEF’s School of Biblical Counseling (SBC) offers affordable graduate-level distance learning. Online courses are taught by professors at Westminster Theological Seminary from their Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program, and cohorts of students are guided and graded by trained Online Instructors. CCEF courses are internationally renowned, and available to anyone; no application or prior educational degrees are required! Courses may be taken either for credit or audit, and up to five courses may be transferred towards Westminster’s MAC degree.1 The SBC offers two certificate programs: Foundation (2 courses), and Essentials (5 additional courses). 

How it Works

Through the SBC-IBC Partnership, the IBC-Partnership is able to offer CCEF SBC courses at a discounted rate ($525 for a 3 credit course versus $650 through the SBC General Program). Students may audit the courses at half-price. As a requirement of the IBC-Partnership, class cohorts must meet in person (live or Zoom) at least once throughout the 10-week course. Meeting schedule varies by course. Online Instructors (OI's) are provided by the IBC-Partnership. While students may take courses through either the SBC General Program or the IBC-Partnership, to obtain the discounted prices students must register under the IBC-Partnership. NOTE that students need not attend Immanuel to take courses through the IBC-Partnership.

Registration is open between 04/03/23 and 06/03/23. The term begins on 06/19/23 and ends on 8/23/23. For continuing students in the IBC Partnership, click here, log in to Genius and register for the next term. New students, please click here and follow the registration instructions.


Earn a CCEF Formation Certificate!
Every Christian is called to make disciples, and this can mean different things to different people. One thing it means to everyone is helping someone grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF) Formation Certificate is comprised of two courses (Dynamics of Biblical Change & Helping Relationships) to equip any believer to become more effective in personal ministry.

Helping Relationships

Taught by Dr. Edward Welch (3 Credits)
Through lectures, readings, and small group discussions this course will help you grow in your ability to listen well, know people, interpret another person's story from a biblical perspective, and offer biblically-based truth that will motivate others in their growth in Christ.
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Scripture for Life & Ministry

Taught by Dr. Michael Emlet, MD
(3 Credits; Prerequisite is Dynamics of Biblical Change or Helping Relationships)
How do you use Scripture to help someone grow in their knowledge and love of the Sovereign Lord? Through lectures, reading, and interpretive assignments, this course will help you understand both people and the Bible more thoroughly and is designed to strengthen your ability to rivet Scriptural truth to real-life ministry situations.
Course Description

Pricing for These Courses

To receive these prices, you must register through the Immanuel webpage.

Course Credit Non-Credit Add Spouse
Add Spouse
Helping Relationships $525.00 $262.50 $425.00* $262.50
Scripture for Life & Ministry $525.00 $262.50 $425.00* $262.50

*Spousal discount is for the same course and applies only to credit offerings. Spouse must have taken Dynamics of Biblical Change or Helping Relationships to take Scripture for Life & Ministry. Please contact Bob Hartman if a spouse is accompanying the primary student.


Limited scholarships are available to Immanuel ministry leaders and their spouses. Contact Pastor Bob Hartman at Immanuel Bible Church for more information.

1 - Application to WTS; and other stipulations apply. https://westminstercommunity.force.com/admissionsfaqs/s/article/Can-I-transfer-classes-I-took-through-CCEF

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