Most seniors following the traditional Field Education (Field Ed.) program will only need to complete one semester during their Senior year, having completed two semesters in the Middler year. However, seminarians will have built relationships at their parish and may choose to continue at their site for an optional fourth semester, officially for credit or unofficially without credit.

This can sometimes lead to questions about reports due per semester, and those answers depends on which particular semester is the last one. Please read the end of semester paper instructions carefully, refer to the Field Ed. Calendar, communications from the Field Ed. Department, printed materials you received at Field Ed. Orientations, and check with the Field Ed. Deptartment, if you have any questions.

Field Education Timeline for Seniors

Fall Semester 2017
  • 1- Final deadline to return Lay Committee Postcards to Field Ed. Dept.
  • 30- Deadline for finalizing Lay Committees prior to Lay Committee Orientation
  • 10- First Sunday of Field Ed. for the Fall Semester
  • 30- Deadline: Learning Covenants
  • 20-22- Fall Break (No Field Ed. this Sunday)
  • 16- Deadline: Lay Committee End of Year Assessment is due to Site Supervisor for seminarians who will not be taking Field Ed. for credit in the Spring semester.
  • 22-24- Thanksgiving Holiday (No Field Ed. this Sunday)
  • 25- Date to begin meeting with Supervisor to discuss:
    • Seminarian Reflection
    • Supervisor and Site Evaluation- if last formal semester at Field Ed site
    • Supervisor Response
    • Supervisor’s Evaluation (Form A for the penultimate formal semester or Form Z for the last formal semester) 
  • 1- Deadline: Senior Seminarians planning to participate in the Second Three Years Program (S3YP) must turn in the  Intention to Participate and Beginning the Mentoring Process forms. *Please see the Second Three Years Program Page for details.
  • 4-5- S3YP New Mentor Orientation (MDiv seminarians planning to participate in S3YP are encouraged to attend to meet possible mentors).
  • 10- Last Day of Field Education for the Fall Semester.
  • 12- Deadline: End of Year Evaluation of Lay Committee Work due to the Field. Ed Department (for seminarians who will not be taking Field Ed. for credit during the Spring semester).
  • 14- Deadline: All Field Ed. Papers due. See November 25.
  • 17- Deadline: Supplement C (Application for Incompletes) extension form due.
  • 18- Christmas Break Begins
  • 24- Final Deadline: All Field Ed. Papers passed due. See November 25.

Spring Semester 2018
  • 28- First Sunday of Field Ed, Spring semester

  • 2- Deadline: January Term Field Ed. papers due.
  • 5- Deadline: Supplement C (Application for Incompletes) extension form for January Term due.
  • 12- Final Deadline: All Field Ed. January Term papers passed due. See January 2. 
  • 18- No Field Ed. Sunday
  • 19-23- Spring Break 
  • 1- Easter IS a day for Field Ed.
  • 6- Deadline: Lay Committee End of Year Review is due to Site Supervisor
  • 14- Date to begin meeting with Supervisor to discuss:
    • Seminarian Reflection (new questions)
    • Supervisor and Site Evaluation (This form is required. Discussion with the supervisor is optional.)
    • Supervisor Response to the above
    • Supervisor’s evaluation (Form Z
  • 28- Celebrating our Field Ed Journey Service and Dinner (for graduating seminarians, Lay Committee Members, and Field Ed. Supervisors)
  • 30- Deadline: Senior Spring Semester Field Ed. papers due.
  • 3- Deadline: Supplement C (Application for Incompletes) extension form due.
  • 6- Last Sunday of Field Ed. Spring semester.
  • 7- Final DeadlineAll Senior Spring Semester Field Ed. papers past due.
  • 8- Deadline: End of Year Evaluation of Lay Committee Work due.
  • 17- Commencement

All papers and responses are due to Dr. St. Louis at the end of each semester.

Regardless of when you finish Field Education, if it is your final semester for credit, have your Lay Committee complete the Lay Committee End of Year Report. See Lay Committee page.

Contact Info and Directions

Virginia Theological Seminary is located at:
3737 Seminary Road
Alexandria, VA 22304
Dr. St. Louis' Mailbox: Box 187
Ms. Jubinski's Mailbox: Box 121
Field Education Office Phone: 703-461-1744
Our office is located on the second floor of Bohlen Hall (#202), which is number 15 on the Campus Map.
3737 Seminary Road, Alexandria, Virginia 22304  |  Phone: 703-370-6600 or 800-941-0083 | Employee Directory