Become A School Chaplain: Professional Training Program Takes Diverse Applicants

Jul 27, 2023

The National School Chaplain Association (NSCA) is on a mission to make school chaplaincy more diverse. Whatever your background is, it’s never been easier to take on this rewarding and essential career.

The NSCA wants you to know that they are proud to be the face of accepting, open, and diverse spiritual care in the United States... and they want to hear from you!

Diversity is an essential value for the NSCA and it is one which they uphold in their placement of school chaplains in both private and public and denominational and non-denominational schools across the US. Now, they are bringing their leading ethos of diversity to their own professional chaplaincy training programs with a view to welcoming a more diverse candidature to the vital role of the school chaplain.

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The NSCA is proud of the diverse face of education in the US today and they hope that with their tailored chaplaincy training programs, they can create more diversity within the school chaplain community. Although the NSCA has traditionally welcomed previously accredited teachers and individuals with ministerial experience into their training programs, they now have a completely open call for applications, meaning whatever your background is, they are waiting for you with open arms.

Although a college-level degree is advantageous, you now need only a high school diploma to apply to NSCA’s school chaplaincy training programs. As NSCA has switched to online learning, they are now better able to create a completely personalized study path for you that you can complete - via distance education - in conjunction with Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma.

Because of this partnership, NSCA can provide you with a precise course of study, one which considers your prior studies and experiences, or helps you take your very first step towards chaplaincy.

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NSCA has an online portal that can help you quickly determine what you will require to apply and will advise you of your required course of study. They also have a passionate team of chaplain accreditors who can provide you with more personalized support over the phone.

The NSCA believes school chaplains have never been more vital, and they are committed to creating a diverse chaplaincy community that can help today’s children and young people.

A spokesperson for the association said, “The National School Chaplain Association (NSCA) was established to promote school chaplains as a legitimate and necessary member of a school staff through national standards for school chaplains. NSCA is a Christian chaplain ministry that provides spiritual care, counseling, and practical community support to Pre-K through 12th grade students, teachers, and their families regardless of age, race, creed, color, sex, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital status, or socioeconomic status.”

If you believe being a school chaplain is your calling, the NSCA wants you to know they are here to support you on your journey.

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