Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education or CPE is a popular option to fulfill the non-parish internship requirement in supervised ministry.


A unit (400 hours) of CPE includes didactics, group process, clinical hours, and individual supervision. Some CPE programs offer a half-unit option (240 hours).

Many denominational committees require their candidates for ministry to take a unit of CPE. It is very important that you check with your committee regarding their requirements.

If you are interested in taking CPE, here is some important information you need to know.

♦  It can take up to 6 months to complete the application process and be accepted into a CPE program.

♦  Not all hospitals have CPE programs. Only those listed at the ACPE website are accredited CPE centers.

♦  CPE is often taken during the summer term, but may be available during the fall and spring terms.

♦  Once you are accepted into a program, you must register this course at UPSem just as you would any other academic course.

♦  You pay the CPE application fee and tuition to UPSem for the credits you earn. 

♦  UPSem pays the CPE center's tuition.