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CPE Levels

Level I A/B

Students accepted into Upstate's CPE program generally begin as Level IA students. CPE Standards define Level I by distinct learning objectives and outcomes that range from the ability to initiate a helping relationship to being able to articulate one's religious heritage as it impacts pastoral care.

Level II A/B

The CPE Standards describe Level II as having accomplished the Level I A/B learning outcomes and working at a greater depth and with intent, generally, towards national chaplaincy board certification. At Upstate, a student must complete two units of Level I A/B CPE before applying to be accepted as a Level II A student. Students who have prior CPE training at another center and who wish to enter as a Level IIA student will be assessed on a case-by-case basis during the application process. An Upstate student is required to meet a consultation committee composed of several CPE Professional Advisory Council members and a certified chaplain to assess readiness to function as a Level II student.

Supervisory Education Training

Upstate received additional accreditation to offer CPE Supervisory Education training in 2013. Becoming a CPE Certified Educator is a rigorous process involving 3-6 years of intense preparation under the supervisor of a CPE Certified Educator. Requirements and an application can be found at www.acpe.edu Certification Manual. If this is a special call in your life, please contact Upstate's CPE Certified Educator to begin the dialogue about your interest. Minimally you must have 4 CPE units from an ACPE accredited training program (2 at Level II), faith endorsement, graduate education, clinical experience and a passion for pastoral education.