- Site applications must be received for evaluation and approval by December 1.
- Students begin interviewing at sites as early as the end of October.
- All summer and academic-year placements must be finalized by April 1.
- New field education supervisors must complete our two tiered training before they host a student.
Become a Field Education Site
The field education program provides students with opportunities to serve the church of Jesus Christ and the world. The program depends on partner churches and agencies that are willing to offer themselves as laboratories where the art of ministry is considered and practiced. A set of unique partnerships develop between the student, the Seminary, the supervisor, and those at the ministry site. Partnership implies a relationship based on mutual trust fostered through two-way communication and tangible support. Partnership produces the best sites and supervision.
As a field education supervisor, you must be prepared to invest considerable time and interest in working with the student, and be willing to join peers in supervision training. The program requires the supervisor to invest at least one hour per week of dedicated and uninterrupted time to supervise the student for the length of time the student serves in the placement. Field education is an addition to the church’s mission program, not a means of acquiring additional personnel. While benefits to the church’s program may be secondary, you will find that field education enhances the church’s mission and enriches the supervisor’s ministry.
Program Requirements for Supervisors
All Princeton Seminary students must take and pass two field education courses in order to graduate. Because academic credit is awarded, every site and supervisor must be approved and certified. In other words, every site is a classroom. The Office of Field Education must guarantee the quality of the course taught in each classroom to the faculty, administration, and the Seminary’s accrediting association. Therefore we require:
- The site to provide a theologically trained supervisor who has been in professional ministry for three years and onsite for one year
- The site to provide a context for learning and serving that meets the student’s educational and professional development needs as well as the ministerial needs of the site
- The site annually to provide a description of the student’s ministry as well as educational objectives and criteria for evaluation
- The supervisor to be trained and certified in supervision, and to maintain that certification through ongoing programs of education
- The supervisor to complete all required reports on time
- The supervisor to participate in periodic programs to enhance skills.
The seminary will provide training opportunities necessary for the supervisor to fulfill the contract, offer counsel to supervisors and governing bodies to interpret the program, and work to see that the program runs smoothly.
Presently the recommended minimum stipend for a student engaged in field education full-time during the summer is $3150; part-time during the academic year is $2700; full-time for a year long placement is $1200 per month. In addition, the site is required to reimburse the student for mileage for private vehicle use while on official business. PTS recommends using the current IRS rate. The site should also reimburse the student for pre-approved, out-of-pocket expenses like supplies, trips, meals, or overnight lodging necessitated by the field education work. Any reimbursement to the student for expenses commuting to and from the site is considered earned income and is therefore taxable.
Year Long Intensive Placements have further considerations:
The site is expected to provide housing and utilities for the intern and funding for the basic student insurance policy at the rate specified in the current PTS Catalogue. Please speak with the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid regarding current rates. (609) 497-7805.
How to Apply
1. Review the Field Education Program General Information.
2. Email your site's name and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org You will be sent an email with instructions for our Online Update Center.
3. Completely fill out the information on the Online Update Center. Take time with the educational objectives so that they will be measurable, concrete, and attractive. This is the information that students will see. They will look at several placements, and yours will be measured against the others. If the student senses that he or she is being asked to do something because others do not want to do it, they will likely turn away from the placement. Students pay attention to the supervisor’s background and ministry preferences. They prefer broad experiences, and want to do ministries they have not done before.
4. Print, sign and send the Partnership in Ministry Agreement to our office. We look for each site to provide travel and program expenses, as well as the stipend.
5. Once received by our office, one of our advisors will review the application.
6. Finally, the supervisor will be interviewed by that advisor to confirm the financial arrangements, clarify and answer questions, and advise the supervisor about the recruitment process, if appropriate.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us 609-497-7970 or Field-Ed@ptsem.edu