[quote="Philotheatoo, post:2, topic:274446"]
Pastoral Theology is a Certificate received when a person satisfactorily completes all the required courses which are specifically centered on the care of the person with reference to Jesus, religious beliefs, faith, etc. It qualifies the certificate holder to provide counselling for grieving, caregiving in terminal illness situations, etc.
I think you're confusing pastoral theology with clinical pastoral education. CPE (see, for example, here) is used in health care settings to provide spiritual care for patients and their families.
Pastoral theology is an academic program that results in a graduate degree.
To the OP:
I have a master's degree in pastoral theology. There are at least a couple of differences between my degree and a degree in theology.
First, pastoral theology is a terminal degree. The master's is the highest degree awarded, unlike pure theology where one could also obtain a doctorate.
Second, pastoral theology -- at least in my program -- didn't require a strong background in philosophy. I think that is required for theology.
A degree in pastoral theology prepares a person to work in a church-related setting. However, be aware that "work" may mean volunteer work or low-paid professional work. You're not going to get rich working for the church.
You mention adult catechesis as the area you're interested in. Do you feel confident that there will be a job available for you in the future? At the very least become familiar with RCIA since most adult-formation related jobs include directing the RCIA process in the parish.
I worked on my master's degree part time. Since the classes were spread over a longer period I was able to keep up with the tuition without going into massive debt. Again, recognizing that jobs may be scarce and/or low paying, I think there's an advantage to finishing without owing a great deal of money.