Master of Pastoral Studies
The Master of Pastoral Studies (MPS) is a twenty-credit program that allows students to specialize in one of the following three streams:
- Spiritual Care, for providing spiritual care in religious communities or public institutions and, if a student completes units in Supervised Pastoral Education (SPE), in compliance with the criteria of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC) [at Emmanuel College, Buddhist Studies, Christian Studies and Muslim Studies are possible foci within the MPS/Spiritual Care Program... please refer to pages 14-17 of the EC Student Handbook];
- Social Service, a non-professional degree and is usually pursued for personal enrichment or used for providing leadership in religious or secular social service agencies [at Emmanuel College, Christian Studies and Muslim Studies are possible foci within the MPS Program/Social Service Stream... please refer to pages 22-24 of the EC Student Handbook]; or
- Worship and Preaching, a non-professional degree and is usually pursued for personal enrichment or used for providing lay leadership in religious communities [Please refer to pages 25-26 of the EC Student Handbook for more information on the MPS Program/Worship and Preaching Stream]
Within the Spiritual Care stream, students may complete requirements for a Certificate in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy for providing spiritual care and psychotherapy as a spiritual care practitioner (chaplain) in public institutions like hospitals and prisons or as a psycho-spiritual therapist (pastoral counselor) in counselling centres or other contexts. This certificate is designed to meet a portion of the educational requirements towards becoming a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) within the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). For more information, see www.crpo.ca. This degree and certificate may also meet a portion of the educational requirements for applying for Advanced training in the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC).
The Certificate in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy is approved by the University of Toronto, and can be used toward meeting the requirements for Qualifying Membership within the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).
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Religious Focus Areas: In the Spiritual Care stream, [please refer to pages 14-17 of the EC Student Handbook] students may choose focus areas in Buddhism, Christianity, or Islam; in the Social Service stream, [please refer to pages 22-24 of the EC Student Handbook] students may choose focus areas in Christianity or Islam; the Worship and Preaching stream [Please refer to pages 25-26 of the EC Student Handbook] focuses on Christianity (see detailed course requirements below). Accommodations may be made for persons of other religious faiths, and affiliation with a specific religious tradition is not required in order to study in that focus area.
Upon the completion of the MPS, graduates will:
Religious Faith and Heritage
- Demonstrate knowledge of religious heritage, and articulate clearly their own theological positions (as related to spiritual practices).
- Interpret scripture and religious texts using a variety of methods, sources and norms.
- Identify and respect the diversity of theological viewpoints and practices within their religious tradition.
Culture and Context
- Demonstrate critical understanding for one’s area of specialization of the relationship between faith practices and cultural contexts.
- Employ diverse methods of analysis in relating to the cultural contexts of one’s specialization.
- Give evidence of critical self-awareness, with regard to their own – and others’ – faith perspectives and practices of care and service.
- Demonstrate understanding of the variety of callings and spiritual practices within their religious tradition, and an ability to reflect critically on their own sense of call to leadership and service.
- Attend to the spiritual development and well-being of self and others.
- Display capacity for self-reflexive and spiritual practices within communities of faith.
Practices of Area of Specialization
- Demonstrate initiative, responsibility and accountability in personal relationships and group contexts.
- Demonstrate knowledge of theories and practices relevant to leadership in their own area of specialization.
- Demonstrate skills for responsible and accountable specialized leadership in congregational and community contexts.