Contextual Education

Contextual Education and Formation for Ministry

Contextual education allows EDS students to bring to a specific community their personal gifts, their academic wisdom, and their curiosity about how they might be called to serve in the church and the world. In the course of their placement, through experience and reflection on experience, contextual education students are formed for more effective and transformative leadership and service.

MDiv candidates are required to complete at least two units of supervised contextual education. Each unit involves a total commitment of 350 hours which is spent on site, and in preparation, reflection, and travel. A contextual education unit may take place over the academic year (September–May), during the summer (June–August), and occasionally beginning at other times.

EDS offers placements in a variety of programs and settings, which reflect the school’s areas of emphasis. In addition, students may submit student-initiated proposals for approval by following the procedures outlined in the handbook. All placements require initial consultation with the director of contextual education. Final placements are subject to approval by the director.

View the Contextual Education Handbook for more information.

For any questions, please contact the Rev. Amy McCreath, Director of Contextual Education, at 617-682-1571 [Direct line] or