CPE General Information

CPE is theological and professional education for ministry.  In CPE theological students, ordained clergy, members of religious orders, and qualified lay people minister to people in crisis situations while being supervised.  Out of intense involvement with supervisors, other students, people in crisis, and other professionals, CPE students are challenged to improve the quality of their pastoral relationships. Through pastoral practice, written case studies and verbatims, individual supervision, seminar participation, and relevant reading students are encouraged to develop genuine, caring pastoral relationships.  Often part of seminary education, it is also continuing education and refreshment in ministry for the experienced pastor.  Furthermore, CPE provides the professional training needed for a career in chaplaincy.

Detailed information contained in our CPE Booklet.

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CPE Events

CPE Information Night

 September 24, 2015, 6:30-7:30pm in the Main Lounge of Mackay  

CPE Recruitment Night
 October 15, 2015, 7:00-8:30pm in the Main Lounge of Mackay


CPE for PTS Credit

If you are not registered at PTS before you begin the CPE unit, CPE will not appear on your transcript.  If you wish to do CPE for PTS academic credit:

  1. Submit a copy of your CPE letter of acceptance to the Office of Field Education
  2. If you are taking CPE to satisfy a field education requirement register for FE 2110 (summer) or for FE 2111 (academic year).  Upon successful completion of your placement you will receive two Field Education credits and a notation that you have satisfied one field education unit.
  3. CPE may also be done for either two field education elective credits (FE 3110 for the summer, FE 3111 for the academic year) OR for three pastoral care elective credits (PC 4110 for the summer, PC 4111 for the academic year).  Please speak with your advisor about registration options.
  4. For the final appraisal, students doing CPE for credit must submit the CPE Site’s Final Evaluation with additional questions found on the CPE Final Appraisal to the Office of Field Education by the Office deadlines.  For academic year CPE to satisfy a Field Education requirement, the CPE mid-unit evaluation (provided by PTS) is also required from both student and supervisor.
  5. The only grades for CPE in any context are P (pass) or F (fail).   Whether CPE is being done for field ed. or elective credit, the CPE supervisor recommends a pass/fail grade for CPE to the Office of Field Education.   The student’s Field Ed. advisor reviews the recommendation and reads the evaluation.  The Director of Field Education then informs the Registrar of a passing, D, or failing grade.
  6. The Office of Field Education must have both the student’s and the supervisor’s final evaluation in hand in order to make decisions about a student’s final grade by stated deadlines (see course syllabus).  Occasionally the student’s CPE supervisor is not able to submit the completed evaluation by the stated deadline.  Should this occur supervisors are asked to submit written confirmation to the student’s Field Ed Advisor indicating whether or not the student has passed the CPE Unit. Once the supervisor evaluation is complete, the student must submit it to the Office of Field Education and upload all parts to Blackboard.
  7. In addition to site fees, if CPE is taken for Field Education or Pastoral Care credit, the student will be responsible for tuition to PTS for 2 or 3 credits (based on course registration).  Should the student have a PTS Grant these charges will be deducted from the grant. NOTE:  PTS does not provide stipends for CPE