Accredited Centers

ACPE is the only agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) to accredit programs of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) in the United States. ACPE currently accredits over 300 CPE programs offered in hospitals, prisons, churches, seminaries, community-based organizations, and other settings across the United States. Learn more about becoming an accredited center.

Locations Near You

ACPE accredits over 300 CPE Centers with over 400 locations throughout the U.S. Find a CPE Center convenient to you by using our online directory. Prospective students should review our FAQs before contacting a CPE Center.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


What is Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)?
Clinical Pastoral Education is interfaith professional education for ministry. It brings theological students and ministers of all faiths (pastors, priests, rabbis, imams and others) into supervised encounter with persons in crisis. [...]

What does CPE prepare a person to do?
CPE serves as a part of one's preparation for parish ministry, chaplaincy, lay ministry, teaching, and counseling. A student's learning contract may be focused toward integration of theological, psychological, and pastoral insights into pastoral functioning for parish work. Or [...]

Where can one enroll in CPE?
ACPE has accredited over three hundred and fifty clinical pastoral education centers and clusters throughout the United States. These CPE centers are located in [...]
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