Over 130 parishes and 25 institutions (chaplaincy sites) currently participate in field education at VTS. The Field Education Department is always open to new field sites joining the program.

Each year, several new sites are added and become available to students immediately. Parishes or institutions who would like to become field sites should begin the process by contacting the Field Education Department and speaking to the administrative assistant. Seminarians are also welcome to initiate this process if they are interested in a parish or institution that is not currently on the official list of field sites.

In order to be included, a potential field site must agree to guidelines set by the Field Education Department and submit an application.

New Site Guidelines

The guidelines and application process are slightly different for a parish than for an institution, but in both settings, supervision is the key component of field education.

Who may be a field education supervisor?
  • In a parish, the supervisor is often the rector, but an assistant/associate may be a supervisor.
  • In order to be a field education supervisor at VTS, clergy must be out of seminary for three years.
  • A lay supervisor in an institution must have three years of experience in the current field of ministry.

Please see the Downloads box for the following forms required of all sites and supervisors:

  • Application to Serve as a Field Education Site (also includes more specific guidelines and expectations)
  • Field Ed Supervisor Profile (required of everyone at a site who will be supervising a seminarian)
  • Also, the Timetable for Field Education Placement for Juniors (found on the Documents page) gives guidance about the timing of the field site search.

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