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Student Placement: Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

CPE brings theological students and ministers of all faiths into supervised encounters with persons in crisis in order to develop pastoral identity and skills, interpersonal competence, and enhanced abilities for theological reflection. Clinically trained, certified supervisors provide educational leadership in CPE. Academic credit in either the Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry program may be earned for CPE (SM610).

Essential Elements:

  • Practices of ministry with persons in a specific context.

  • Detailed reporting and evaluation of that practice.

  • Pastoral supervision by an ACPE-certified supervisor.

  • A small group of peers in a common learning experience.

  • Individual contracts for learning.



  • CPE must be done with an institution accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). A directory of ACPE accredited institutions may be found at

  • CPE may be done either through intensive, full-time summer placements, or through part-time placements spread out over longer periods of time.

  • To apply, students must submit an application to the center(s) of their choice. Many centers have an application fee. The center will then contact you for an interview after reviewing your application. Application forms and more detailed instructions are also available at