Students at Louisville Seminary will find a wide variety of opportunities for field education, including positions in local Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations, local congregations in many other church traditions, as well as a variety of agency placement opportunities.
Louisville Seminary requires four units of field education for the MDiv degree program. Two of these units must be in a congregational setting; the other two units can be in an agency or a congregational setting.
The congregational setting placement is done concurrently with participation in the academic course Practical Theology in Congregations (PTC)
. The students’ supervisor participates in some of the class sessions. Interested students interview for these available position in late April; they begin work in early September and conclude in mid May.
Sixteen (16) hours of work each week for a semester is required for a unit of field education. Full-time work for ten weeks in the summer gives two units of field education.
A stipend is provided for approved agency and congregational field education positions. If the congregation or agency is unable to pay the full stipend, the seminary may provide a stipend subsidy. However if the student continues for a second year at the same site, the seminary will not subsidize the second year.
One unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), which is required by many church traditions for ordination, can fulfill the requirement for two units of Field Education. No stipends are paid to students taking CPE. However the seminary will pay a local supervision fee for the first unit of CPE. If a student chooses to take a unit of CPE outside of Louisville, the seminary will pay the unit/tuition fee of that unit up to the amount of the current local supervision fee for the first unit of CPE. The seminary will not pay application or interview fees for CPE taken outside of Louisville. (See "Policy on Clinical Pastoral Education
While not required, some first year students might want to consider an Agency Placement, in order to explore an area of ministry. Most students will postpone field education until their second and third years, to concentrate on academic work the first year. Congregational placements are reserved for second and third year students who have completed basic biblical and theological courses.