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 Sundays to Note

Fall Semester

September          Second Sunday of- First Sunday of Field Ed.
October Sunday of Fall Break- No Field Ed. 
Sunday after Thanksgiving-  No Field Ed. 
December Second Sunday- Last Sunday of Fall Field Ed. 

Spring Semester

Last Sunday or First Sunday- First Sunday of Field Ed. 
First Sunday of Spring Break- No Field Ed. 
Second Sunday of Spring Break- Field Ed.
 May  First Sunday- Last Sunday of Spring Field Ed. 

Field Education Timeline for Seniors

Fall Semester 

  • 1- Deadline- Finalize Lay Support Teams
  • 30- Deadline: Learning Covenants
  • Monday after Thanksgiving- Deadline: Lay Support End of Year Assessment is due to Site Supervisor for seminarians who will not be taking Field Ed. for credit in the Spring semester.
    • 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) 
    • Third Monday- Deadline: All Field Ed. Papers
      • Includes the End of the Year Evaluation of Lay Support Ministry, (for those who will not be taking Field Ed. for credit during the Spring semester).
    Spring Semester 

    • Second Monday- Deadline: Lay Support End of the Year Assessment due to Supervisor
      • Begin meeting with Supervisor to discuss:
        • Seminarian Reflection
        • Supervisor and Site Evaluation
        • Supervisor Response
        • Supervisor's Evaluation Form Z
    • Last Monday- Deadline: All Field Ed. Papers
    • First Monday- Deadline: End of the Year Evaulation of Lay Support Ministry due.

    All papers and responses are due to the Field Education Department at the end of each semester.

    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