Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Field Education

Field Education at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary provides an opportunity for students to learn about the practice of ministry through direct involvement in the life of congregations and in other settings. Through this experience, students should have opportunities to become acquainted with a wide variety of ministry activities (worship and preaching, pastoral care, education, mission, and administration), learn about the dynamics of pastoral relationships, and become aware of the varying social contexts for ministry.  Learn more.


  • Required to complete one year of supervised Field Education (MATM and M.Div.)
  • Spend approximately 10 hours per week on site
  • Ordinarily receive a monthly stipend for their service (taxable and subject to Social Security)
  • Develop a learning covenant with the supervisor
  • Participate in a weekly on-campus seminar for theological reflection

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  • Are theologically trained and have been ordained at least three years
  • Develop position descriptions outlining the opportunities for service and learning in their settings
  • Commit to spending at least an hour each week with the student in supervision and theological reflection on the practice of ministry
  • Develop a learning covenant with the student
  • Complete mid-year (January) and end-of-year evaluations

Field Education Staff

  • Coordinate the placement and evaluation processes
  • Assess placement opportunities for the breadth of experience offered and the opportunities for a student's personal and professional development
  • Evaluate learning agreements and evaluation forms in light of established learning goals and the student's  development of a pastoral identity
  • Provide resources and guidance to students and supervisors, as needed


Cathy Brall
Director of Field Education

Holly McKelvey
Administrative Assistant