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Hartford Seminary

Chaplaincy in Multifaith Contexts

Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy in Multifaith Contexts (24 Credits)

This program is designed to provide persons who already are chaplains, or wish to become chaplains, the breadth of understanding of religious diversity and skills in pastoral care, practices of religious leadership, theology and ethics, dialogue and interreligious relations needed for service in multifaith contexts. Because enrollees in this program come from a variety of religious backgrounds, most class time will be inherently an experience of interreligious dialogue. Learn more about this program.

Understanding and Engaging Religious Diversity (DI-641) 3 credits
Chaplaincy Models and Methods (AM-602) 3 credits
Four elective courses
(Exploring the following themes: Theology or Sacred Texts, Transitions, Institutional Settings, Dialogue and Conflict Resolution)
12 credits
Clinical Pastoral Education 3 credits
Chaplaincy Practicum (GC-610) 3 credits

Clinical Pastoral Education: All students are required to take one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). When the student has completed the unit of CPE, he/she must submit an Advanced Standing petition to the Academic Policy Committee which requests three credits and include a copy of his/her CPE certificate. No tuition is charged by the Seminary for CPE.

Chaplaincy Practicum: Qualified students may be granted up to three Chaplaincy Practicum credits for previous relevant religious leadership experiences by petitioning for Advanced Standing in accordance with the Advanced Standing Guidelines of Hartford Seminary. Such requests must be acted upon by the Academic Policy Committee in consultation with the program director. Students for whom Chaplaincy Practicum is waived will still be required to participate in an exit interview with the Certificate Program Director. Note: A student for whom board certification is the goal may petition the Academic Policy Committee to substitute a second unit of CPE for the Chaplaincy Practicum requirement.

Transfer Credit: Students are allowed to count up to three graduate level credits taken at another accredited institution toward the elective requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy in Multifaith Contexts. These credits may be from a course taken within 10 years prior to enrolling at Hartford Seminary or can be taken during the course of a student’s program. However, a course taken at another institution while a student is enrolled at Hartford Seminary must be pre-approved by the student’s advisor and the Dean (students must complete the Transfer Credit Pre-Approval Form). A student may petition the Academic Policy Committee to take an additional 3 credits at another institution and transfer them toward elective credits for this Graduate Certificate. However, a convincing case must be made that a second non-Hartford Seminary course is critical to this particular student’s successful preparation for chaplaincy.

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