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Pastoral Education Prerequisites

First Unit Clinical Pastoral Education CPE

Prerequisites: Sufficient theological education or expertise to enable one to benefit from this postgraduate education experience. Ministers, seminary students, youth leaders, ministers of education and music, as well as lay persons are invited to apply. The application process involves the completion of an ACPE application form, a $50.00 application fee, and a screening interview with a qualified interviewer.

First Year CPE Residency


  • A complete ACPE application, including a ministry event report
  • Student's and supervisor's evaluation from previous units
  • Payment of $50.00 application fee
  • A personal interview with the CPE staff. One certified unit of Clinical Pastoral Education prior to the residency year is required. Upon acceptance, a student pays a $450.00 confirmation fee applicable toward the first unit of tuition

Extended and Summer CPE


  • Theological education or expertise sufficient to enable a student to benefit from this postgraduate educational experience
  • May include ministers, seminarians, and lay persons
  • Completion of the ACPE application form
  • A $50 application fee
  • Screening interview with a qualified interviewer
  • Tuition is $450 per unit. The tuition serves as an acceptance fee due upon invitation by the center

First Year Pastoral Care Residency


  • A completed ACPE application
  • Student's and supervisor's evaluation from previous units
  • A $50 application fee
  • A personal interview with the CPE staff
  • The Center requires one certified unit of ACPE CPE prior to the residency year
  • Upon acceptance, a student pays a $450 confirmation fee which serves as first unit’s tuition. Tuition is $450 per unit
  • Stipend is competitive with other CPE programs