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1. Each student in the M.Div., M.A., and M.Div./M.A. dual-degree programs must complete two field education placements. Ordinarily one placement is done full-time during the summer and the other part-time during the academic year. A full-time nine- to twelve-month intensive ministry internship may be done in place of either the required summer or academic year placement. Two summer placements are not permitted.

Summer field education is full-time ministry in a church, specialized, or focused ministry placement done during the summer under the direction of an approved supervisor. It is a minimum 350-hour placement done within a ten- to twelve-week period, and earns two credits with a grade of pass/fail at the end of the summer.

Academic year field education is part-time ministry in a church, specialized, or focused ministry placement done during the fall and spring semesters under the direction of an approved supervisor. It is a minimum 300-hour placement done during the 30-week academic year; the student is on-site ten hours each week, and earns two credits with a grade of pass/fail at the end of the spring semester.

2. One field education placement must be done in a church setting. The church experience is central to the Seminary’s mission to equip leaders for the pastorate. Thus local churches constitute the majority of sites in the pool of field education placements. Generally the church placement may not be done in the student’s home church. The home church is defined as the congregation the student joined before entering PTS.