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Field Education
Frequently Asked Questions

What is Field Education and why is it necessary?

Let’s face it – what works in books doesn’t always work in real life. Field Education is the opportunity to apply what you learn in the classroom in a real-life setting at the same time you are learning it, with a supervisor that can help you navigate the problems that may arise. It’s also an opportunity to develop the administration and paperwork skills necessary for a credible ministry. All completed in the context of helping you fulfill the calling God has on your life and preparing you to serve long-term in your areas of giftedness and passion.

What are the requirements for a FE placement? 

There is two core requirements for a FE placement: time commitment and regular supervision meetings. First, students usually invest 3-6 hours per week over a 10-week period. This usually corresponds with weeks #3-12 in a given semester. There are exceptions, such as a short-term missions trips, which can be an awesome opportunity. Secondly, students will meet regularly (usually weekly) with their supervisor. These mentoring meetings range in length from 15 minutes (common for first year) to 1 hour (often for 3rd/4th year). Having a strong mentor invest in you makes a huge difference!

Can I choose whatever I want? 

Yes-ish… as long as you also fulfill the 3 areas of detailed requirements within your chosen program. For example, what would you think of our fabulous youth program if you could graduate having never volunteered with youth? Or could you imagine Emmanuel training Christian leaders who have never served in a local church? Each program requires a certain number of credits within the local church, in their program concentration, and in specific areas within their program areas (we call them pre-identified learning areas). For example, if you were in the pastoral program, you would have to have some experience preaching, teaching, with pastoral care, etc. We explain that further in the FE class you take your first semester.

What is the difference between a FE placement, Internship, and Co-op? 

FE placements are shorter time commitments and are designed to give you a broad range of activities – you’ll get to try a bunch of things in a variety of different areas. Internships are a larger time commitment specializing in your chosen areas of study. Co-op’s are similar to internships. However, differ in the sense that a summer opportunity or extra semester is needed in order to complete the FE requirements. Another way to say that is that programs with co-ops get more opportunities/hours for hands on training.

What is the course, FE100 Field Education and Ministry Preparation? 

The first FE credit every students takes is a course called Field Education and Ministry Preparation. There are two main parts to this course. First, we identify where each student currently is (what are the gifts and skills God has given you, what previous experience do you have, etc). Then we look at where God is (or might be) calling you. From there, we discuss the details of our Field Education program and how it can help you live the calling God has placed on your life. 

I'm excited about Field Education, where can I learn more? 

Most students wait to learn the details about our Field Education program until they take the FE course. However, if you want read ahead, check out our Field Education Guide available electronically on the Field Education section of the Emmanuel website.

I've had a lot of Ministry experience. Can I opt out of Field Education? 

No, or at least not completely. Our accrediting agency requires that student’s complete at least one year of Field Education credits at Emmanuel in order to grant a degree. So, if you want a degree, you have to complete FE credits. However, with that said, there are two ways that some of your previous ministry experience may apply (at least in part). This is also dependent upon the detailed requirements of your chosen program. More details about Transfer Credits and Advanced Standing are below.

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.