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Field Education & Internships

Field Education is required for all M.Div. students and may be taken as an elective by M.A. students. M.Div. Field Education is normally taken after a student has completed about 1/3 of the M.Div. coursework, including all introductory courses in Bible, Theology, and Ethics.

Usually M.Div. field education placements begin in September and end in May. Students register for 3 units each semester, TCE3080 in the fall and TCE3081 in the spring. The program requires an 8-10 hour per week internship placement and a 3-hour weekly seminar during both semesters. Field Education is a hybrid course, with on campus intensive weeks in August and January.

Students are responsible for arranging their internship placements, with consultation and support from the Director of Field Education. Placement arrangements must be completed by May 31. Placements are made in congregations and a variety of other settings.

Students normally are required to move from their home churches and/or their current ministry positions to a new Field Education internship location. The process of learning about and building trust within a new community, as well as developing a professional identity in a new context, adds significantly to the whole educational experience. Questions? ContactAlma Johnson-Hawkins, Director of Field Education, ajohnson-hawkins@cst.edu.

Procedure for Planning and Registering for Field Education, TCE3080 and TCE3081 
Attend a Field Education orientation meeting. At least 2 will be held each year, times and locations to be announced. January- February
Read the Field Education handbooks available on the CST website
(Under CST resources - http://cst.edu/internships-field-education/current-supervisors/)
Consult with the Director of Field Education to discuss possible placements.January - April
Visit one or more potential placement sites. Make sure you and the potential supervisor understand the Field Education expectations described in the Information Sheet (available on the website, under Future Participants and Potential Students). Continue to consult with the Field Education director as needed.January - April
Register for TCE3080Spring registration
Select a placement site, in consultation with the Director of Field Education. Your placement must be approved by the Director of Field Education. By May 31
Complete and turn in a signed copy of the Field Education Placement Confirmation (available at http://cst.edu/cst-resources/)By May 31
Meet with your supervisor to begin discussing your learning goals/outcomes and planning for your internship.May - August
Begin your Field Education internship and seminar.September

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) to Fulfill the Field Education Requirement

M.Div. students who want to take CPE to meet their field education requirement must first meet with the Director of Field Education to discuss the appropriateness of such a substitution. Those considering ordination should also check with their ordaining body to make sure this is acceptable to the denomination. Students also need the approval of one of the professors of Spiritual Care and Spiritually Integrative Counseling in order to register for CPE.

CST accepts CPE credits from programs accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. For information about accredited centers and application processes, go to www.acpe.edu.

One unit of CPE may be taken for up to 6 units of academic credit at CST.  Students will need to register f