Professionals in religion conduct religious services, administer the rites of a religious faith or denomination, provide spiritual and moral guidance and perform other functions associated with the practice of a religion or to a religious community. They may perform these duties in churches, synagogues, temples or other places of worship; in institutions such as schools, hospitals, prisons, industrial facilities, corporate enterprises; or they may work in private practice. (National Occupational Classification)

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Educational requirements for religious leaders vary and may require the completion of a college or university program in religious studies. Some positions may also require a master's of divinity or theology and a period of study with a senior minister. (National Occupational Classification).

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) CPE is a fully integrated practical and theoretical experience conducted in units, each totaling a minimum of 400 hours. CPE provides training for spiritual care in such places as parishes, health institutions and correctional facilities. (CASC/ACSS Manual). Students may complete pre-requisite education at U of M for admission into CASC programs. Please view the links below for program and admissions information.

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