Field Education for Princeton Theological Seminary Students


Clinical Pastoral Education

Also known as CPE, Clinical Pastoral Education is a program in which seminarians, clergy, and some qualified lay-people provide pastoral care to patients and engage in an "action-reflection-action" model oflearning. Each student engages in group work with peers as well as in individual supervision with an appropriately certified supervisor.

One unit of CPE is required for ordination in many faith traditions. Four units of CPE is required in order to seek board certification as a chaplain.

We currently have two CPE offerings:

1)  An 11-week, full-time summer unit

2)  A part-time, academic year unit

Each offering includes 300+ hours of patient care, 100+ educational hours, occasional Sunday worship leadership at UMCPP and PHBH, and occasional on-call coverage (off-site). Each student will serve as the primary chaplain on two units and participate as part of the departmental team.

We are currently in the planning stages for starting a CPE Residency in Fall 2016.

Our CPE program is affiliated with the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education ( .

To submit an application, first download a CPE application at: http:/ / /forms/

Then, email your completed application to and They will schedule an interview with you as space is available in the program as admissions occur on a rolling basis.

 Field Education with Princeton Theological Seminary

The Department of Religious Ministries has a Field Education program at Princeton House Behavioral Health through Princeton Theological Seminary. Internships are available during the summer as well as the academic year.  For an application contact Rev. Amy Seat at