Contextual Education

Contextual Education at Candler

Contextual Education is the heart of the Candler curriculum. Integrating theological education with opportunities for formation in ministry and leadership in churches, social service agencies, hospitals, and other clinical and ecclesial settings, Candler’s unique Contextual Education program is designed to educate—through scholarship, teaching and service—faithful and creative leaders for the church’s ministries in the world.

Contextual Education at Candler includes the following:

  • Contextual Education I and II: A four-semester sequence, Contextual Education I and Contextual Education II, required of all MDiv students. Typically completed in the first and second year of the MDiv program. Learn more about Contextual Education I. Learn more about Contextual Education II.
  • Teaching Parish: The program is open to United Methodist students appointed to student pastorates as well as students serving pastorates in other denominations and in non-denominational churches. Learn more.
  • Episcopal and Anglican Studies: Student-pastor placements in Episcopal churches; fulfills the Contextual Education requirement for MDiv students. Only for those who are postulants or have the written permission of their bishop. Learn more.
  • Clinical Pastoral Education: Student placements in hospitals, clinics and community agencies, focused on pastoral care, counseling and relational skills development; for credit. Learn more.
  • Internships: Student internships for credit; may be in churches, agencies or with existing internship programs. For MDiv, MTS and MRL students. Learn more.

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"Thanks to Candler, I don't have to wait on my degree to start testing the waters. Candler believes we learn by doing. That means that when I come to my first appointment as a pastor in The United Methodist Church, I won't arrive simply with theories and ideas, but also with experience. It also means that my home church gets the chance to try something new and exciting and wonderful!"
-Linda Stephan, MDiv '18