Qualifications for Clinical Pastoral Education

Individual CPE Units (Extended and/or Intensive)

  • A baccalaureate degree awarded by an accredited postsecondary institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Some formal theological education, or enrollment in a theological degree program at a college, university, or theological school accredited by a member of the Council for Higher Education, or (in the case of membership in a religious group that does not require formal theological education for ministry) document and give sufficient behavioral science or non-academic and/or religious training to provide a base for some theological reflection and practice - an equivalency of one year of seminary education. Equivalencies for the undergraduate and/or graduate level theological degree will be determined by the Center's Interdisciplinary Consultation Committee Admissions Subcommittee.
  • Sufficient demonstrable emotional maturity and openness to benefit from the clinical method of learning.
  • A commitment to clinical pastoral learning and ministry that derives from personal vocational interest and/or need/opportunity to do pastoral ministry under the auspices of one's religious congregation or faith group.
  • Documentary evidence of faith group approval and endorsement of their plans for CPE training and ministry practice.
  • A completed ACPE application form.

CPE Residency

  • A theological degree from a college, university, or theological school accredited by a member of the Council for Higher Education, certificate, or other documentation of Biblical/religious studies, depending on the requirements of the denomination or faith group of the applicant. At minimum, there must be evidence of sufficient informal Biblical and/or religious training to provide a base for some theological reflection and practice. Equivalencies for the undergraduate and/or graduate level theological degree will be determined by the Center's Interdisciplinary Consultation Committee Admissions Subcommittee.
  • Three years' prior ministry experience for those who wish to become pastoral care specialists, chaplains, or clinical pastoral education instructors and supervisors. Where not required by a chosen profession or potential employer, equivalency in personal and professional education/experiences and spiritual maturity will be considered.
  • Emotional stability and maturity, allowing the student chaplain to enter into the in-depth process of the learning experience.
  • Adequate intellectual, emotional/tempera-mental, and spiritual ability to perform pastoral care.
  • Demonstrated openness and commitment to the learning process as it relates to the field of ministry including identified learning goals.
  • Successful completion of one unit of Level I CPE (submit copies of final evaluations with Beaumont CPE Application). Our Residencies are structured to provide for a minimum of three (3) units of CPE. Our Center does not offer a two-unit residency, nor do we offer second-year residencies.
  • A completed ACPE application form.

Admission into the Beaumont CPE Center's programs is also contingent upon:

  • Satisfactory criminal history search of both state and federal abuse and neglect registries and databases. These are:
    • Health and Human Services (HHS)
    • Excluded Parties List System (EPLS)
    • Michigan's International Criminal History Access Tool (MICHAT)
    • Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry (MI PSOR)
  • Completion of a pre-admission physical performed by Beaumont Health System's Occupational Health Service that includes drug screening, antibody testing for communicable diseases, a TB test, and immunizations (if needed).
  • Participation in Beaumont Health System and Royal Oak Hospital orientation sessions as required by Corporate Human Resources.