Contextual Education (CE) in the M. Div. Program
Contextual Education (CE) is an integral part of the M.Div. curriculum at Eden Theological Seminary. Students have access to a broad range of ministry experiences that provide a practical context for their classroom instruction. CE units are evaluated on a pass/fail system.
Here’s how CE works at Eden:
Seven (7) units of CE required for the M.Div. degree:
- Six units: 140 hours per semester, or 10 hours per week for 14 weeks each semester, during year 1, 2, and 3.
- The seventh unit: 400 hours, or 40 hours per week for 10 weeks, usually completed in the summer, and can be completed after year 1 or year 2.
An example of how students can complete seven units:
Year 1: Two units at a Community Learning Placement (CLP)
Year 2: Two units at a congregational/church setting
Year 3: Two units at a congregational/church setting
The seventh unit location depends on a student’s interest and plans for ordination, and could be a CPE unit.
Two CE units may be excused for students with considerable experience in church leadership and for whom the completion of seven units of CE presents a hardship. In such a case, the Academic Dean and the Associate Dean of Contextual Education may waive up to two units of CE, provided the student:
a) requests the waiver in writing and includes an explanation of the hardship imposed by the requirement of seven units (waiver form available in the CE Office), and
b) presents in writing evidence of and reflection upon significant church leadership experiences in either lay or ordained ministry.
The decision of the Academic Dean and Associate Dean of Contextual Education in these cases is final and cannot be appealed.