You Can Earn Nationally Recognized Board Certifications
in Specialties to Enhance Your Ministry, Profession, or Occupation


Nationally Recognized Board Certification in a variety of Specialties is not equivalent to a college or seminary degree. The subjects gave been designed to enhance the earned degree and provide in-depth studies in the degree Major, while adding additional fields of specialized knowledge. An example of this is the medical doctor who has Nationally Recognized Board Certification in a Specialty. Board Certification by Atlantic Coast is designed to provide additional training in Specialties to enhance one’s profession, ministry, or occupation. They are not designed to meet what may be federal, state, or local requirements for certification or licensing.

Counseling
These Subjects are also beneficial for
Counselors in a clinical venue.

  • Addiction Counseling
  • Alzheimer's Counseling
  • Anger Management
  • Christian Counseling
  • Christian Counseling for Women
  • Christian Patient and Family Counseling
  • Counseling Adolescents
  • Counseling Gays and Lesbians
  • Domestic Violence
  • Grief Counseling for Christians
  • Marriage and Family
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Pre-Funeral Counseling for Christians
  • Suicide Prevention

Administration

  • Christian Administration
  • Christian Organization Leadership
  • Small Christian Business Management
  • Sunday School Administration

 

Ministry

  • Apologetics
  • Biblical Preaching
  • Chaplaincy for Men
  • Chaplaincy for Women
  • Christian Education
  • Church Music
  • Cross Cultural Ministry
  • Fitness for Christian Seniors
  • Health and Well Being: Fit for Christian Service
  • Hospice and Nursing Home Ministry
  • Pastoral Care
  • Prison Ministry
  • Senior Adult Ministry
  • Youth Ministry

You can register for more than one Board Certification at a time. Contact Dr. Robert Shigley to learn more: 386-405-7866.

You will receive detailed instructions for completing the Specialty requirements by email.

Board Certification Fees

A Nationally Recognized Board Certification Certificate is awarded to validate your Specialty.
More than one Board Certification can be earned.

Board Certification Specialty included with an Atlantic Coast
degree program: $250.00 each

Board Certification Specialty not included with an Atlantic Coast
degree program: $350.00 each

Awarding Fellow Status in Your Profession

Fellow is a senior rank, or title, demonstrating advanced or exceptional
achievement, particularly in professional fields.

You have the opportunity of being awarded Fellow in one of two professions. This advanced status is displayed on your Atlantic Coast degree certificate beneath the degree title. It is also displayed on the transcript. Beyond this, you will have the opportunity to join with others to share ideas in either the  Seminary Fellows in Christian Counseling, or in Ministry.

Fellow Status Requires Four Board Certifications in Counseling, or Ministry

Fellow Status Fee

Four Certifications included with a degree program, $850.00

Four Certifications not included with a degree program, $1,100.00

See the Board Certification and Fellow Certificates beneath the list of
textbooks that are related to the Specialties.

TEXTBOOKS LIST FOR THE NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED BOARD CERTIFICATION SPECIALTIES*
*Available online through Amazon

Administration

Christian Administration
Go to the Atlantic Coast website and click on the M.Sc. in Christian Administration. Select the three textbooks
that you will use for Certification.
Christian Organization Leadership
Team Leadership in Christian Ministry: Using Multiple Gifts to Build a United Vision by Kenneth Gangel
The Next Generation of Pastoral Leaders by Dean R. Hoge & Marti R. Jewell
One elective textbook of your choice related to Organization & Leadership
Small Christian Business Administration
Business for the Glory of God: The Bible's Teaching on the Moral Goodness of Business By Wayne Gruden
Master Planning: The Complete Guide for Building a Strategic Plan for Your Business, Church or Organization By Bob Biehl
Tough Minded Management: Third Edition By Joe D. Batten
Sunday School Administration
The Fabulous Reinvention of Sunday School:Transformational Techniques for Reaching and Teaching Kids By Aaron Reynolds
Revitalizing the Sunday Morning Dinosaur: A Sunday School Growth Strategy for the 21st Century By Ken Hemphill
Sunday School Changes Everything: Your Church's Best Opportunity to Reach the Next Generation for Christ By Henrietta C. Mears

Counseling

Addiction Counseling
Therapist's Guide to Substance Abuse Intervention by Sharon L. Johnson
Counseling Persons with Addiction & Compulsions: A Handbook for Clergy and Other Helping Professionals by Andrew J. Weaver
Addiction and Change: How Addictions Develop and Addicted People Recover by Carlo C. D. Clemente
Alzheimer's Counseling
Counseling People With Early-Stage Alzheimer's Disease by Robin Yale
Guide to Ministering to Alzheimer's Patients and Their Families by Pat Otwell
Person-Centered Counseling for People With Dementia: Making Sense of Self
by Danuta Lipinska
Anger Management
The Anger Fallacy by Stephen Laurent and Ross G. Menzies
Anger Management Best Practice Handbook by Jessalyn Woodruff
Anger Management {Current Controversies}
by Lisa Krueger
Christian Counseling & Christian Counseling for Women
Go to the Atlantic Coast website and click on the Graduate School of Religion button. Select either Christian Counseling, or Christian Counseling for Women. Review the textbook list for the Certification you have chosen. Select the three textbooks you will use for Certification. NOTE: If you are a current Christian Counseling major (or graduate) the textbooks you select must be different from the ones required in your degree program.
Christian Patient and Family Counseling
Bedside Manners: A Practical Guide to Visiting the Ill by Katie Maxwell
More Than Medicine: What They Don't Teach You in Medical, Nursing, or PA School by Dr. Shenunda Simone Josey
Nursing Care At The End of Life: Palliative Care For Patients and Families by JoAnn Zerwelch, EdD; RN
Counseling Adolescents
Counseling Adolescents by Kathryn Geldard and David Geldard
Helping the Struggling Adolescent by Les Parrott, III
The Elements of Counseling Children and Adolescents by Cathrine P. Cook - Cottone. Ph.D. and Linda S. Kane, M.Ed.
Counseling Gays and Lesbians
Counseling Gay Men and Lesbians by Bob Barrett and Coleen Logan
Counseling Gay Men, Adolescents, and Boys by Michael M. Kocet
Casebook for Counseling Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons and Their Families by Sari H. Dworkin and Mark Pope
Domestic Violence: Treating the Offender
Handbook of Anger Management and Domestic Violence Offender Treatment by Ronald T. Potter-Efron
Why Does He Do That? Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men by Lundy Bancroft
Violent No More: Helping Men End Domestic Abuse by Michael Paymar
Grief Counseling for Christians
Techniques of Grief Therapy by Robert A. Neimeyer
Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy by J. William Worden, Ph.D.
Helping Teens Work Through Grief by Mary Kelly Perschy
Marriage and Family Counseling
The Quick Reference Guide to Marriage & Family Counseling By Dr. Tim Clinton
Couples in Conflict: A Family Systems Approach to Marriage Counseling By Ronald Richardson
Hope-Focused Marriage Counseling: A Guide to Brief Therapy By Everett L. Worthington
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders {Adults} by Christine A. Courtois, Ph.D. and Julian D. Ford, Ph.D.
Post Traumatic and Acute Stress Disorders by Matthew J. Friedman
Pastoral Care for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder by Dalene C. Fuller Rogers and Harold G. Koenig
Pre-Funeral Counseling for Christians
Living When A Loved One Has Died: Revised Edition by Earl A. Grollman
Children and Grief: When A Parent Dies by J. William Worsen, PhD
Holding On To Love: Searching For Hope When A Child Dies by Chuck Collins
Suicide Prevention
Understanding and Preventing Suicide by Mike A. Work & Ginny Olson
Child and Adolescent Suicidal Behavior by David Miller, Ph.D. and Alan L. Berman, Ph,D.
Suicide Prevention in Schools by David Capuzzi

Ministry

Apologetics
Christian Apologetics by Norman Geisler
Reasons to Believe: 50 Lines of Evidence that Confirm the Christian Faith by Nathan Busenitz & John McArthur
One elective Apologetics textbook of your choice
Biblical Preaching
Preaching to a Post Modern World by Graham Johnson
Preaching with Variety by Jeffery Authors & Haddon W. Robinson
One elective Biblical Preaching Textbook of your choice
Chaplaincy for Men& Chaplaincy for Women
Go to the Atlantic Coast website and click on the Graduate School of Religion button. atlanticseminary.org
Click on M.A. in Chaplaincy. Scroll down to view the required textbooks for either of these programs {men or women}. Select three textbooks that you will use for Board Certification. The audio lectures are not applicable for Certification.
Christian Education
Foundational Issues in Christian Education by Robert W. Pazmino
Philosophy and Education by George R. Knight
A Theology of Christian Education by James R. Estep and Michael Anthony
Church Music
The Ministry of Music by Kenneth W. Osbeck
Music Ministry: A Guidebook by Donald Clark Measels
The Tech Savvy Church Musician by Dr. Scott Watson
Cross Cultural Ministry
Thriving in Cross Cultural Ministry by by Carissa Alma
Many Faces, One Church: A Manual for Cross-Racial and Cross-Cultural Ministry by Glory Dharmaraj and Jacob Dharmaraj
Discipleship for Hispanic Introverts: Providing a Cross-Cultural Context for Life Change by Karla D. Zazueta and Dr. Sandra Glahn
Fitness for Christian Seniors
Senior Fitness-Fit Over 50: Learn How to Manage Your Fitness, Finances, and Social Life in Retirement by Ron Knesset
Senior Fitness: The Diet and Exercise Program for Maximum Health and Longevity by Ruth E. Heidrich
How to Prevent Falls: Better Balance, Independence and Energy in 6 Simple Steps
by Betty Perkins-Carpenter, PhD
Health and Well Being: Fit for Christian Service
How to be a Health Coach: An Integrative Wellness Approach by Meg A. Jordan, PhD
Wellness Coaching for Lasting Lifestyle Change by Michael Arloski
The Wellness Book: The Comprehensive Guide to Maintaining Health and Stress-Related Illness by Herbert Benson
Hospice and Nursing Home Ministry
The Mindful Caregiver by Nancy L. Kriseman
Just Before You Go by James B. Wallace
Hospital Preaching as Informed by Bedside Listening by Cajetan N. Ihewulezi
Pastoral Care
Pastoral Care: An Essential Guide by John Patton
Foundations of Pastoral Care by Bruce L. Peterson
Pastoral Care Emergencies by David K. Switzer
Prison Ministry
Ministering to the Incarcerated by Henry G. Covert
Love in a Cauldron of Misery: Perspectives on Christian Prison Ministry by Kirk Blackard
Prison Ministry: Understanding Prison Ministry Inside and Out by Lennie Spitale
Senior Adult Ministry
Senior Adult Ministry in the 21st Century by David P. Gallagher
Seniors Are People Too by J. D. Moseley
A Vision For The Aging Church by James M. Houston & Michael Parker
Youth Ministry
Youth Ministry Management Tools 2.0 by Kristine Bertini
Youth Ministry In A Post-Christian World by Brock Morgan & Chap Clark
Youth Ministry Nuts and Bolts by Duffy Robbins

 

Board Certification Fees

A Nationally Recognized Board Certification Certificate is awarded to validate your Specialty. More than one Board Certification can be earned.

$250.00 for each Nationally Recognized Board Certification Specialty when included with an Atlantic Coast degree program.

$350.00 for each Nationally Recognized Board Certification Specialty when not included with an Atlantic Coast degree program.

Earn Fellow Status for Advanced Standing in a Profession

You have the unique option of becoming a Fellow in a profession. This designation is displayed on your Atlantic Coast degree Certificate in addition to the degree title. It is also displayed on your transcript. Beyond this, you will have the opportunity to become a member of the Seminary Fellows in Christian Counseling, or, the Seminary Fellows in Ministry, by submitting your email address to the Atlantic Coast office. Your email address will be shared with others who have the Fellow status in the same profession. Fellow status requires four Board Certification Specialties in a profession.

Fellow Status Fees

When included with a degree program, $850.00

When not included with a degree program, $1,100.00

 

Sample Certificate

 

Just as other professionals enhance their occupations with a Board Certified specialty, you can enhance your occupation, and learn specialized skills that will prepare you to perform in a Board Certified specialty, after receiving your Board Certification in one or more of the specialized subjects. Previous education or experience are not required to qualify for a Board Certification program.

Regardless of your occupation or profession, you can benefit from Board Certification in one or more these Specialties. The studies for Board Certification provide you with additional knowledge and skills to be involved in the Specialties that can interface with your present profession, occupation, or ministry. Board Certification also enables you to expand your activities into many of these fields.


 

 

     
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