Theological Field Education

Theological Field Education (TFE) is real-life, hands-on ministry in a safe setting that provides an opportunity for students to learn and grow while developing ministry skills through leadership and reflective feedback.

TFE is a required ministry practicum course in which students participate in a ministry internship under the supervision of mentors and in the context of a peer reflection group.

All master’s degrees and diplomas require the two-semester TFE course, except for the Master of Theological Studies, which offers TFE as an elective option.

All Gateway Seminary students must enroll in TFE through the TFE Office or their regional campus office by completing the application below (only available during spring semester). You may not enroll through the Registrar’s office.

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is an educational model to teach pastoral care to clergy and others. CPE is the primary method of training hospital and hospice chaplains and spiritual care providers in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. CPE is both a multicultural and interfaith experience that uses real-life ministry encounters of students to improve the ministry and pastoral care provided by caregivers. One unit of CPE from an accredited CPE program will meet your ministry practicum (TFE) requirement for your degree. If you have further questions, consult with the TFE Director.

CPE Application

General Information

TFE shapes Christian leaders through a ministry practicum that is based upon a "360-degree feedback" team. The objective is for every student to develop the core competencies needed for ministry, growth in their understanding of self, and increased spiritual vitality.

  • TFE’s only prerequisite is P1111 Introduction to Ministry Formation
  • The TFE application link & password will be sent on April 1*
  • The TFE application is due by May 15
  • Students will be notified of acceptance by June 15
  • Field Mentors must complete Field Mentor Training by August 15
  • TFE is a two-semester course offered in a fall-spring sequence only
  • Completion of both semesters is required to complete the course
  • Students will meet in the same class section for both semesters
  • TFE continues for 35 consecutive weeks (late August - early May) 

*If you do not receive the TFE application link & password after April 1, contact the TFE office at .


TFE Contact Information:

Director of Theological Field Education

Glenn Prescott

TFE Office at LAC

TFE Office


SFC TFE Coordinator

Andrew Flagg

AZC TFE Coordinator

Dallas Bivins

RMC TFE Coordinator

Joel Bundick

PNWC TFE Coordinator

Jim Fitzpatrick

Online TFE Coordinator

Greg Cole