Clinical Pastoral Education

Children’s Health℠ applies its role as a leading teaching hospital in North Texas to its Pastoral Care Department as well. Just as we train future medical leaders, our program prepares divinity students for a variety of ministries including institutional chaplaincy, pastoral ministry in a congregational setting, volunteer ministries, non-profit ministry and pastoral counseling.

Our program offers a dynamic and challenging learning environment for students interested in professional and personal growth through the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE) and is accredited by ACPE to offer Level I, Level II and Supervisory Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Children’s Medical Center Dallas and Children’s Medical Center Plano.

At the Dallas campus we offer five to six resident positions in CPE each year, from August to August,which include a stipend with benefits. Supervisory CPE fellowships (a minimum of three years) for those interested in pursuing supervisory education are available on a rolling basis.

Please contact us regarding openings in our Supervisory CPE program before submitting your application.

We also offer single units of CPE, Levels I and II, throughout the year:

At the Dallas campus:

  • Extended unit: September-April
  • Summer intensive unit: June-August

At the Plano campus:

  • Continuous extended units: September-April and April-September

For specific dates of current and upcoming programs please call 214-456-2822.

Our extended unit programs on both campuses offer students the possibility of incorporating their current ministry experiences (in congregations, parishes, hospices, other hospitals, skilled nursing or continuum of care facilities) as part of their required clinical hours.

Students admitted to either location of the CPE program at Children’s assist in providing regular on-call coverage at the Dallas campus.

Residents and single unit students in the CPE program have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about childhood spirituality and development, Godly Play®, and how to incorporate an appreciation for the spirituality of children into one’s pastoral care for the whole family
  • Develop perspective and skill in a family-systems approach to pastoral ministry
  • Explore and develop theoretical stances that assist in assessing and responding pastorally to complex theological and ethical issues that accompany the serious illness of an infant, child or adolescent
  • Learn to provide pastoral care to members of the staff and to understand spiritual and theological issues at the organizational level, as part of developing one’s spiritual leadership capacities
  • Develop greater awareness of and appreciation for the cultural, spiritual, and religious diversity that surrounds the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area and beyond, and learn to function as an intercultural team member and spiritual guide

Although pastoral education in the pediatric setting equips the resident with specialized skills in working with children and families, the overall program focus is transferable to any ministry placement.

  • Applicants for residencies at the Dallas campus should have completed graduate-level coursework in theology or related fields. A Master of Divinity degree or equivalent and one previous unit of CPE are preferred.
  • Applicants for supervisory education should have completed a Master of Divinity degree equivalent and no fewer than four units of CPE.
  • Applicants for single units (extended or summer programs) should have a bachelor’s degree from a nationally accredited institution or its equivalent

English language proficiency that is adequate to function pastorally in the clinical and educational settings is necessary.

Tuition per unit is $500 for residency programs.

All interviews are held on-site at the applicant’s expense.

Completed applications should be sent to:

Rev. Melissa Walker-Luckett
Certified Educator 
Department of Pastoral Care
Children’s Medical Center Dallas
1935 Medical District Dr.
Dallas, TX 75235

Applicants may contact Pastoral Care at 214-456-2822  or email Melissa.Walker-Lucket. Applications may also be sent via email to Melissa Walker-Luckett.