This department is comprised of Field Education Placements, Internships and Co-operative Education – three approaches to learning by practice, reflection, evaluation, and mentoring. This form of learning is highly effective and contributes greatly to spiritual development, competency, and employability. The practical ministry experience of Field Education is a vital component of our overall training.
Full-time students normally have Field Education placements each semester unless the pace of the program is reduced, requirements have been met, or a summer experience is being substituted.* The first Field Education credit students take is FE100AA/AC offered in-class in the Fall Semester and by Distance Education. After students have completed the course, in consultation with the Director, they choose their Field Education Placements, Internship or Co-op assignment based on the specific guidelines of their programs/concentrations as well as the students’ gifting and interests.
Apply academic learning in supervised situations, identifying areas of challenge when theory is practically applied in ministry
Be mentored by others who are experienced in ministry
Develop practical transferable skills such as time-management, goal setting, evaluation, reporting, and accountability
Discover and develop their character, gifts, abilities, and skills in ministry
Explore possible ministry/career options, networking with current workers in the field, and be discerning God’s call in their lives
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Field Education Placements
Field Education Placements are supervised, evaluated experiences in some area of church ministry, ministry organization work, community service, or college ministry assignment. Each experience involves a commitment of three to six hours per week, ministry reports, and supervisor and self-evaluations. As students progress through the levels of our Field Education program, they are expected to illustrate growth in several fundamental pre-identified learning areas. Students are encouraged to utilize their Field Education credits to broaden their own personal experiences.
Internships and Co-ops
Internships and Co-ops are intensive Field Education experiences in the student’s field of study, designed to integrate strongly the use of knowledge, attitudes, tasks, and skills learned in the classroom. As this is a requirement of only some programs, all students have the option to complete an elective Internship or Co-op in place of one free elective course. Students must successfully complete all Field Education credits before an Internship or Co-op can begin.
Field Education FAQ’s
Transfer Credits: Students may be eligible to transfer Field Education credits from another institution. Students with Field Education credits on their transcript can obtain a “Form for Field Education Transfer Credits” from the Registrar’s office. A student is to complete one form for each Field Education (or equivalent) credit they hope to transfer. Upon receiving the completed form, the Field Education Director in consultation with the Registrar will evaluate qualifying students. Even if a student transfers Field Education credits, they must complete the equivalent of one year of Field Education placements or the Internship/Co-op at Emmanuel. Contact the Registrar for more information.
Advanced Standing: Students who have been engaged in significant non-graded ministry experience prior to coming to Emmanuel but after high school graduation may be eligible for Advanced Standing in Field Education. Student will first complete FE100AA/AC, where further details about the qualifications and application process are explained. Applications are accepted after the student has completed (or almost completed) their first placement, but before beginning the second. They must meet the following requirements:
The student must have graduated from high school and not yet have been a student enrolled in a program at Emmanuel when the ministry took place.
The student must be currently involved in ministry that builds upon this experience.
The Field Education Committee must affirm the reputation of the organization.
The student ensures they can obtain an Evaluation Letter from their previous supervisor.
The student submits an application during second semester of their first year at Emmanuel (after the students first placement has commenced).
Note: Some students may be granted up to half of their remaining Field Education Placements through Advanced Standing. The Field Education Committee determines the exact number of credits allowed. These credits can be applied to a program when Year One has been completed. The current Field Education tuition rate applies to each Advanced Standing credit.
Field supervision is an important element of all these experiences. Supervisors meet with their student workers weekly to discuss performance, give advice, and provide a graded evaluation at the end of the experience. For supervisors or organizations wishing to advertise a Field Education Placement, Internship, or Co-op opportunity, please visit our Job Board. The Field Education Fair is held the first week of classes, every fall. For organizations/supervisors wishing to participate, please contact the Field Education Department for more details. Each summer, the FE Fair registration form will be available at the top of this page. For those wishing to participate, each year the completed registration form must be submitted to the Registrar’s office no later than the last day of August.
Internship & Co-op Supervisors
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