Contextual Education


We've reimagined what it looks like to meld classroom learning with practicum and internship learning throughout each degree program. The School of Theology and Ministry’s Contextual Education internship program places students with nonprofit-organizations, hospitals, government agencies, for-profit companies, and places of worship for the purpose of integrating student learning with meaningful work in the greater Seattle community.


Contextual Education


Definition: an educational approach that intersects both theory and practice, inside and outside the classroom; a style of learning that surfaces deep questions that ultimately lead to action—addressing the real needs in our communities and world.

How it Works

Students work with Dr. Mark Hearn for Divinity, Pastoral Studies, Transforming Spirituality and Transformational Leadership to handpick an internship site location that presents the challenges and growth areas they need most.

Students in the Couples and Family Therapy program will work with Dr. Becky Cobb to coordinate a clinical site.

Meet the Director of Contextual Education

Mark Chung Hearn, Ph.D.
Director of Contextual Education

Meet the Couples & Family Therapy Clinical Coordinator

Rebecca (Becky) Cobb, Ph.D., LMFT
Clinical Coordinator