The recently launched program is also open to college students who want to get a head start in their career as a chaplain. Ordained ministers and college students qualify for different training levels, however, and will require different assessments before placement.
For more information, visit https://nationalschoolchaplainassociation.org/chaplains
The National School Chaplain Association’s (NSCA) new training program helps individuals who want to become school chaplains get their accreditation quickly. The program gives them access to a vast network of schools and a national organization of accredited chaplains where they can share knowledge and advice on improving their work. For college students, their training can count for up to one year of college credit as the program is accredited by Oklahoma Christian University.
According to the NSCA, schools worldwide do not see the need for a chaplain or guidance counselor because they prefer to focus on academics and veer away from religion. The association’s goal is to bring prayer and God back into schools and to teach children and teenagers valuable lessons from the Bible. They believe that by giving students a strong religious foundation, they can help them make moral and ethical decisions even after they graduate.
Chaplains offer students a safe space to air out their pain and struggles, whether personal or academic. As a result, they come to school with more eagerness to learn. Schools with NSCA chaplains have higher graduation rates, improved district ranking, fewer disciplinary incidences, and lower teenage pregnancy and addiction rates. Learn more at https://nationalschoolchaplainassociation.org/schools
By training with the NSCA, prospective chaplains can look forward to having a significant impact on the lives of children, teenagers, and the community in general. Ordained ministers qualify for Level One training, which is the fastest option designed for those who already have leadership or preaching experience. At this level, ministers only need to pass a background check before they are ready for placement.
For college students with experience teaching or working in youth groups, Level Two training is recommended. It is a 48-hour course equivalent to one college credit or three CEU credits. Level Three is a one-year course for those without any prior experience and is equivalent to one-year college credit that counts toward the trainee’s degree.
More information is available at https://nationalschoolchaplainassociation.org
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