Field Education Students
- Required to complete one academic year (September – May) of supervised Field Education (MAPS and M.Div.) while enrolled in the FE 210 (Fall) and FE 220 (Spring) Field Education sequential courses.
- Spend approximately 10-12 hours per week at an approved field education placement site or with preparatory work for on-site activities such as teaching, preaching, or program planning/design.
- Meet weekly (or at least bi-weekly) with the supervisor for an hour of theological reflection on various aspects of the ministry/field education placement site.
- Ordinarily receive a monthly stipend for their service (taxable and subject to Social Security).
- Develop a learning covenant with the supervisor and work with the supervisor to assess their learning and growth through the Mid-Year and Final Evaluation documents.
- Students normally take field education during their middler or second year of full-time study because of the required pre-requisite coursework. Assignments in the field education courses are designed to integrate/coordinate with the content offered/learned in other required courses in the student’s degree program.
- The Field Education Office offers orientation sessions about the Field Education program each year to share the process and details of identifying and securing a placement site. Eligible students are invited and encouraged to attend
Additional student information and forms can be accessed through My.PTS, under the “Field Education” Tab. You'll need to log in to access the information.
Field Education Supervisors
- Are theologically trained (at the graduate level, i.e. M.Div. or equivalent degree), have been ordained at least three years, and have been in their position of leadership at the site for at least one year
- Have the interest, desire, and capacity to serve as a supervisor and mentor for the mutual benefit of the student and placement site. This would include orienting the student to the placement site, giving careful attention to how the student is appropriately welcomed at the beginning of the experience and celebrated at its conclusion
- Develop position descriptions outlining the opportunities for service and learning in their placement settings
- Commit to spending at least an hour each week (or at least bi-weekly) with the student in supervision and theological reflection on the practice of ministry
- Develop a learning covenant with the student and help student assess his/her learning through completion of the mid-year (December) and end-of-year evaluations
- Attend the program orientation to familiarize oneself with the basic components of the field education program and commit to be supportive of the student’s coursework assignments involving learning about and actively engaging in ministry at the placement site
- Receive library privileges at PTS and are entitled to register for a free or discounted Continuing Education course while serving in this role