Field Education is an essential part of theological education at Queen's School of Religion. Begun in the 1970's, it is understood to play a distinctive role in the development of leadership for the church. Courses in field education are a required component of the curriculum and the School uses a variety of ministry contexts to strengthen the dialogue between theory and practice.
Field Education is based on some clear educational assumptions. The educational methodology is adult-centered and experiential (actions in ministry are then reflected upon theologically). It assumes that individuals are responsible for their own learning. It acknowledges that each person brings to the learning process his or her own particular history and set of experiences. Field education is based on the model of "educational partnership." Students, supervisors, lay persons and faculty are all part of a network where teaching and learning are mutual. Participants are invited to discover and celebrate their own gifts and to respond to supervisory feedback intended to enhance leadership in ministry.
Students in Bachelor of Theology and Master of Divinity degree programs are required to take one full course in supervised practice of ministry in a congregational or institutional setting. In addition, restorative justice concentrators complete a half course in an institutional or community setting.
Field Education courses are based on the following goals: