If you are applying for an initial unit of CPE in our Summer Internship, you need to attend to: 1) a completed ACPE application, 2) completion of at least one year of seminary (although some exceptions are made for laypersons on an individual basis), 3) screening interview by an ACPE Certified Educator (at BHS when possible).
If you are applying for an initial unit of CPE in our Extended Internship, you need to attend to: 1) a completed ACPE application, 2) screening interview by an ACPE Certified Educator (at BHS when possible), 3) open to clergy and/or laypersons.
If you are applying for the CPE Residency Program, you need to attend to: 1) a completed ACPE application, 2) successful completion of one unit of CPE, 3) a Master of Divinity degree or equivalent (completed or in process), 4) Onsite interview with CPE screening committee.
If you are applying for Certified Educator Candidate Education, you need to attend to: 1) a completed CEC application, 2) successful completion of one year of CPE, 3) a Master of Divinity degree or equivalent is required, 4) Onsite interview with CPE screening committee.
What Can I Expect During the Formal Interview?
The ACPE Certified Educator will meet with you to discuss your application and any questions you may have about CPE and Baptist Health System. You will have an opportunity to talk with present CPE students to learn about their collective experiences of our CPE program as well as to meet some of the pastoral care staff who will be also serving as mentors should you be accepted. If you are applying for the Residency or the CEC Program, there will also be an interview with the screening committee who will want to talk with you about your application, areas of interest and your learning goals. The committee will have received copies of your material prior to the interview. You will be encouraged to bring your own questions to the interview as we see the screening process as a two-way discovery.
Is There a Fee for the Interview Process?
There is a $35.00 fee to process your application. Each applicant is responsible for his/her own travel/lodging expenses. Applications submitted electronically (e-mail) will be held until the application fee is received. If accepted, there is a $50.00 tuition deposit required to ensure your position in the program. All forms of payment (check, money order, etc.) should be made payable to Baptist Health System. Mailing address below.
Is Housing Provided?
BHS does not provide housing however there is a wide selection of apartment possibilities in the San Antonio area.
Notice Regarding Privacy of Records
This ACPE CPE Center/Program guarantees to its students the rights to inspect and review education records, to seek to amend them, to specified control over release of record information, and to file a complaint against the program for alleged violations of these Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) rights.
A student has the right to object to record content. If not negotiable, the written objection will be kept with and released with the record. Grades are exempted from this right. Violations of these protocols may be reported to the Chair of the Accreditation Commission at: ACPE, One West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur, GA 30033.
Download the Application
You can view and print the ACPE application and the CEC application from our website. You may also refer to the ACPE home page at www.acpe.edu to download an ACPE or CEC application. Note: Instructions and requirements differ for the ACPE and CEC application submission process.
When applying to the Baptist Health System CPE Center, complete and send the signed application, along with the other required material listed on the back of the application form, electronically or by postal mail to: