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Field Education Courses & Requirements


To meet the Master of Divinity degree requirement, six points in Field Education must be satisfied in one of the following ways:

Concurrent Part-time Internship: FE 103/104

Usually taken in the second year, this course requires a two-semester, supervised field placement of 12-15 hours weekly in a church, chaplaincy, or service agency, and a two-semester seminar, which meets weekly for two hours. The seminar focuses on discerning vocational identity, claiming ministerial authority, and developing competence for ministry. FE 103 is only offered during the fall semester and always precedes FE 104, which is offered in the spring semester. The field placement must be approved by the Senior Director of Integrative and Field-Based Education.

Full-time Internship: FE 300/301

This internship is a full-time, out-of-residence, supervised field placement for a minimum of eight months; it an alternate method of fulfilling the requirement in Field Education. Usually taken after two full years of study, students are required to do a special project in which they demonstrate what they have learned from the internship or their understanding of how their classroom learning relates to their field placement. Students with an interest in international placements often enroll in FE 300/301 and pay an internship fee in lieu of tuition. Full-time internship placements must be approved by the Senior Director of Field-Based Education.

Additional Course Offerings

Concurrent Part-time Internship II: FE 203/204

This course is an independent study requiring the student to meet periodically with the Field Education Teaching Staff for reflection and feedback, in addition to a supervised field placement of 12-15 hours weekly. Assuming completion of the FE 103/104 requirement or its educational goals, and with the approval of the Senior Director of Integrative and Field-Based Education, a student may enroll in either FE 203 or FE 204, or both, for elective credit.

January Intersession Program FE 206J

During the winter break, Union, in partnership with other seminaries and organizations in New York City, or throughout the United States and other countries, may offer immersion courses. Previous courses have included experiences in churches and faith communities across the country, reflecting on specific issues in pastoral care, liturgy and music, sexuality and sexual ethics, fundraising, stewardship and leadership, and community economic development. The Seminary does not assume responsibility for additional fees unrelated to tuition costs. Students must receive approval from the Senior Director of Integrative and Field-Based Education to receive elective credit in Field Education.

January Intersession Program FE 215J

The Poverty Initiative, during the winter break, offers an immersion course on poverty. The course will explore this topic with guidance from community and religious leaders who are involved in a growing movement to end poverty. Using learning tools and strategies for overcoming and eliminating poverty, the course participants will dialogue with leaders from local and national poor people’s organizations about their struggles to attain health care, living wage jobs, affordable housing, and basic human dignity. Theological implications of building a movement led by the poor to end poverty and the unique role of religious leaders and communities in this movement will be explored. This course may only be taken once for credit.

Summer Ministries Course FE 206Q

Students who plan to engage in a minimum of eight weeks in a supervised church or church-related service can receive credit for the field education summer ministries program. An independent study is planned as an integral component of this program, which carries elective academic credit.

Clinical Pastoral Education FE/PS 363-364

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a clinical experience designed to give students competence in chaplaincy and pastoral care ministries and to enhance their counseling skills. Assuming completion of the educational goals of FE 103/104, and with the approval of both the Professor of Psychiatry and Religion and the Senior Director of Integrative and Field-Based Education, a unit of CPE taken on an extended basis through the academic year may be used to fulfill the Field Education requirement.

Prerequisite: PS 204, PS 209, or PS 310. Both semesters and January Intersession must be completed in order to receive credit.

Note: Students planning to take this course must (a) obtain a CPE application form from the faculty secretary, (b) send to Dr. Ulanov a copy of the prospective on-site supervisor's acceptance letter, (c) in January have the on-site supervisor send a brief interim report to Dr. Ulanov, (d) in May have the on-site supervisor send verification to Dr. Ulanov of the successful completion of CPE, and e) in May student submit supervisor evaluation to the Office of IFE. CPE credits may only be applied to the Master of Divinity degree. Permission of Dr. Ulanov and Dr. Pak is required to take this course as FE 363-364.

Summer Clinical Pastoral Education FE/PS 366Q

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a clinical experience designed to give students competence in chaplaincy and pastoral care ministries and to enhance their counseling skills. Assuming completion of the educational goals of FE 103/104, and with the approval of both the Professor of Psychiatry and Religion and the Senior Director of Integrative and Field-Based Education, a unit of CPE taken on a full-time basis during the summer may be used to fulfill the Field Education requirement.

Prerequisite: PS 204, PS 209 or PS 310. Students planning to take this course must a) obtain a CPE application form from the secretary, b) send to Dr. Ulanov a copy of the prospective on-site supervisor’s acceptance letter, c) have the on-site supervisor send verification to Dr. Ulanov of the successful completion of CPE, and d) submit supervisor evaluation to the Office of IFE.

Note: CPE credits may only be applied to the Master of Divinity degree. Permission of Dr. Ulanov and Dr. Pak is required to take this course as FE 366Q.

Topics in Ministry: SU 190

Drawing on expertise from community and alumni/ae resources, this course addresses specific topics concerning the practice of ministry. The aim of this course is to supplement, with more depth and detail, some of the issues covered in the introductory courses in Union’s curriculum. The course is also aimed at helping students develop specific skills for ministry, which they may not otherwise learn in seminary.

During the fall and spring semesters, the Office of Integrative and Field-Based Education offers this course in a one-or two-day workshop format. Previous topics have included: Pastoral Responses to Domestic Violence, Sexuality Issues in Ministry, Conflict Resolution, Leading and Managing Religious Nonprofit Organizations, Pastoral Self-Care, Church Administration, Fundraising, Prison Ministry and Immigrant Communities and Urban Churches. For list of courses for 2012-2013, view 2012-2013 Course Catalog.

A maximum of three points in SU courses may be counted as electives for the M.Div. and M.A. degrees only. However, additional supplemental courses may be taken, with full participation, by all degree candidates but not for academic credit. All SU courses will be graded Pass/Fail.

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