Fall 2011-Summer 2012
Pasadena and Regional Campuses
FE556: CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION INTERNSHIP. Gwen Ingram.
DESCRIPTION: This course (pass/fail for 2 units) is designed to provide
experience in working in a correctional institutional setting. Students will
have the opportunity to (1) observe an experienced chaplain in a correctional
institutional setting; (2) develop their own skills in ministry to
inmates/wards and correctional staff; (3) evaluate values and attitudes toward
incarcerated persons; and (4) sharpen the ability to reflect theologically in
SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: This course offers training in the tasks
and skills of professional ministry as a chaplain in a correctional
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students will (1) grow in their ability to engage in
theological reflection by having regular opportunities to think critically
about ministry in light of the Christian tradition; (2) deepen their
understanding of the cultural context of ministry by immersing themselves in a
specific context and regularly reflecting with their supervisor on the
connection between context and ministry; (3) develop toward becoming
spiritually mature and accountable practitioners by reflecting with their peers
in a theological reflection group or in their faith community and with their
supervisor in their internship on the connection between their faith and their
ministry; (4) become better Christian leaders by having many opportunities to
practice the responsibilities of ministry throughout their internship.
COURSE FORMAT: The student will spend a minimum of 100 hours in one ten-week
period in the institutional setting. During this time he/she will work under
the supervision of an experienced and certified correctional chaplain. The
student will receive training in institutional regulations and security and to
be taught proper procedures in handling counseling interviews with
inmates/wards. As the situation allows, the student will have the opportunity
to conduct Bible studies and sharing and prayer groups for inmates and to
participate in worship services.
ASSIGNMENTS AND ASSESSMENT: Punctual work schedule habits, completion of all
chaplain interview assignments, participation in a chapel service, strict
adherence to institutional security regulations, completion of at least four
written (typed) verbatims, one book review, and one personal evaluation report
to be uploaded on Moodle by the end of the quarter by the student, along with
the supervising chaplain's evaluation. Meeting with Field Education Advisor
during Week Five for a progress report on the internship.
PREREGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS: Before the student may register for this
course, several steps must be completed, a process that may take up to two
months. The first step in the process is to read the preregistration materials
available at http://www.fuller.edu/current-students/resources/field-ed/field-ed.aspx.
Apply to a recognized correctional institution. A list of recognized sites is
available at http://www.fuller.edu/current-students/resources/field-ed/chaplaincies.aspx.
After acceptance, submit an internship application and schedule an enrollment
interview with the Field Education and Ministry Formation Office. If the
internship is approved, the student and his/her Academic Advisor will receive a
Course Approval Notification. The student must then contact the Advising Office
to receive a Course Reference Number (CRN) in order to register for FE556
online. The student must also complete an orientation with the assigned
chaplain at the beginning of the internship. The student may also need to
complete other preliminary requirements as well, such as a drug screen or
background check. These preliminary requirements may take a month to complete,
and must be completed before the student can begin the internship. The student
may be charged for some or all of those costs.
PREREQUISITES: Completion of 24 units before registering for this course.
RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Meets FE2 Field Education MDiv requirement (MIN 7).
It is an elective for the Masters in Theology (MAT). This internship is offered
pass/fail for two units.
This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification. (August 2011)