The concentration provides a nurturing environment for students to develop and deepen their personal theological perspectives and learn a variety of skills for compassionate pastoral and spiritual care and counseling in churches, hospitals, the military, senior living facilities, hospice, correctional institutions, corporations, nonprofit and community organizations, educational intuitions, and pre-hospital care as first responders (fire and police), while also expanding their capacity to serve in our spiritually and culturally diverse world.
- Foundational course
- Introduction to Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology CL670 (3 cr – students who chose this course to meet their core degree requirements must add an additional concentration elective)
- Practicum – Clinical Pastoral Education
- CPE Ministry Practicum CS254 (3 cr – students who chose this course to meet their core degree requirements must add an additional concentration elective)
- Elective courses
- M.A.R.L.: Two electives (6 cr)
- M.Div.: Three electives (9 cr)
- Elective courses may be selected from those approved for this concentration, or students may ask a faculty member to include a track in another course that would explicitly address one or more of the concentration educational outcomes (faculty have discretion to decide that tracking is not appropriate for a given course). If the faculty member agrees, some course readings and/or assignments would be tailored to allow the course to meet a concentration elective requirement. This would be noted on the student’s registration form.
Requirements for the D.Min. Degree
- Two pastoral care and counseling electives, taken at a D.Min. level (8 cr)*
*Please contact the instructor before the first class session to discuss readings and assignments.