Field Experience and Internships

Field Experience

The purpose of field experience is to provide opportunities for students to develop ministry skills by working alongside a mentor or practitioner in a church, institution, or other ministry setting. Students will gain insights on their spiritual gifts, calling and competencies for ministry.

After completing at least 24 credit hours in educational ministries, the student must confer with the field experience professor in the division of his or her vocational ministry area and make formal application to the field experience course in that division. Pre-enrollment consultation with the appropriate professor is required prior to the semester in which the student plans to register for field experience. Pre-enrollment consultation must be done by October 15 for field experience in the spring semester and by March 15 for field experience in the summer or fall semester. Failure to follow this procedure may hinder the fulfillment of the field experience requirement.

5902 Field Experience (On-the-Job-Training)

For students employed as education staff members in churches. This course deals with discovering inner resources, job expectations, determining ministry objectives, identifying and solving problems, and synthesizing training with career goals. One hour in class and seven hours in field-based experience per week required. Prerequisite: pre-enrollment counseling in division one semester in advance of course registration. Two hours.

5912 Field Experience (Adjunct)

In addition to one hour per week in class, the student will schedule a minimum of seven hours of field-based experience per week in a local church or religious institution under the direction of a qualified supervisor. Task assignments, program observations and performance evaluations are included. Prerequisite: pre-enrollment counseling in division one semester in advance of course registration. Two hours.

5922 Field Experience (Contract)

The student negotiates a contractual agreement with a local church or religious agency to perform a function equivalent to a staff position. Contract must be approved before course registration. Weekly requirements are one hour in class and a minimum of seven hours in field-based experience. Prerequisite: pre-enrollment counseling in division one semester in advance of course registration. Two hours.

5932 Field Experience (Summer Project)

A student employed as a full-time church staff member (40 hours per week for 10 weeks, minimum) may receive two hours credit. Requirements are: application to division by March 15, summer job description, approval of division, a two-hour briefing before beginning registration for summer term, and debriefing session following completion. Prerequisite: pre-enrollment counseling in division at least 30 days prior to registration.
Two hours.

Internships

Internships provide for professional training through experiential learning. Specific intern programs are developed by divisions of instruction and involve selected job responsibilities. Two hours in the internship may be applied to field experience requirements with the remaining hours applied to the elective requirements. Prerequisites: 30 hours completed toward the master’s degree (24 hours of educational ministries courses), commitment to the area of discipline, and any other prerequisites established by the division of instruction. Application must be made two months prior to the experience.

Plan A

Student may choose to do two separate internship programs during a degree program. However, if a student chooses 5326 (six hours), a maximum of six additional hours may be concurrently earned in the same semester. During another semester a student may choose to do another internship under the same conditions. All prerequisites must be met before either program can be selected.

Plan B

A student may choose to take both internship courses in the same semester (5326 and 5336). Through this internship program, the student would earn 12 credit hours. Because of the intensity of this program, the student would not be permitted to take concurrent courses at this institution or at another accredited graduate school. The workload at the sponsoring institution would be full time (40 hours minimum per week). All prerequisites must be met before this program can be selected.

For additional information, see the associate dean for masters' programs in the School of Educational Ministries.

5303 Supervised Internship

Three hours. (minimum of 12 hours on the field)

5313 Supervised Internship

Three hours. (minimum of 12 hours on the field)

5326 Supervised Internship

Six hours. (minimum of twenty hours on the field)

5336 Supervised Internship

Six hours. (minimum of twenty hours on the field)

Missions Mentorships

With approval from a faculty advisor, students may take missions mentorships (MISSN 5602, 5612, 5622, 5632, 5643, 5654) for elective credit. Refer to the missions mentorships section in the School of Evangelism and Missions.

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