Accredited Chaplaincy Training & Qualification For High School Graduates Launch

The association’s recently launched program enables high school graduates to become accredited chaplains and start their careers in youth service. It can also earn them up to one year of college credit should they choose to attend university and get a degree in the future.

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The NSCA’s new program helps high school graduates start their careers early or make their gap year more productive. There are three levels of training, and even those without experience with teaching or volunteering can apply. The courses are conducted in collaboration with Oklahoma Christian University and are taught by professors with extensive knowledge of volunteerism, chaplaincy, religion, philosophy, and bible studies.

The association offers three levels of training, but two are most suitable for high school graduates. Level One is for previously accredited chaplains only, but Level Two and Level Three are training courses that new, aspiring chaplains can apply for. Level Two is a 48-hour course designed for those with prior teaching or volunteering experience, while Level Three is a year-long intensive program for applicants with no prior experience working with youth groups.

After a trainee finishes the chaplaincy program, they undergo thorough background checks with the FBI, Interpol, and social media. This ensures that all NSCA chaplains sent out to schools are fit for the job and have no records of undesirable behavior. Chaplains will also be introduced to a nationwide group where they can share experiences and ask questions about whatever challenges they encounter at work.

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According to the NSCA, chaplains are given a unique opportunity to change the lives of the youth. Recent studies show that prayer, spirituality, and religion are no longer taught in most public schools, even if most students grow up in religious or spiritual households. The disconnect between the values of their faith and the lack of spiritual guidance at school may lead to a shift in how the youth views the world. The NSCA believes that if spiritual and moral care is provided in schools, students are better equipped to make the right decisions and navigate the struggles that they encounter.

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national School Chaplain Association
[email protected]
PO Box 720746

United States

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