The Proposed Standard

A center has an educational plan that engages its students in a process model of education and clinical method of learning, ensuring an educational environment and clinical population that present appropriate learning opportunities, sites, and placements for student engagement and spiritual care.


An ACPE accredited center is expected to establish and maintain a robust educational plan for Clinical Pastoral Education, one that embodies the values foundational to ACPE’s philosophy of educational formation—namely, process pedagogy, clinical learning, and contextual engagement. A center is encouraged to be intentional, thoughtful, creative, and innovative with its educational design, such that its CPE program would present to students the best curricular resources and learning opportunities unique to its context and population. An ACPE accredited center’s educational plan is robust when students are provided with optimal learning opportunities and resources to meet the ACPE Outcomes and Objectives, and to achieve program and student developed learning goals.


In assessing this area, reviewers will look at the center's:

  1. Utilization of the process model of education and the clinical method of learning
  2. Utilization of clinical sites and placements
  3. Engagement of students in the learning process and the use of individual learning goals and plans
  4. Process of evaluation for measuring student learning in relation to ACPE Outcomes and Objective

Required Exemplars

  • A written curriculum for all CPE program levels for which the center is accredited
  • A presentation that highlights the curricular features that are specific to the center and that offers a rationale for features that differ from standard practices for ACPE centers
  • Sample individualized learning plans for students
  • A summary of evaluation strategies for measuring student achievement

Additional Exemplars

  • Syllabi with examples of learning activities and evaluation strategies
  • Student survey/interview data and analysis
  • Interview or focus group data and analysis
  • Videos of group learning sessions/didactics


The comment period concluded on March 31, 2018. The work groups is now analyzing your feedback in preparation for its May meeting.