The organization now offers adults interested in spiritual education a comprehensive chaplain training program that ends with a certification to serve as an in-school chaplain.
Interested parties can learn more at https://nationalschoolchaplainassociation.org/chaplains/
The training program offers various certification pathways. Certified teachers and ordained ministers can register for a 48-hour training program to receive chaplain certification, while non-ordained individuals or those without a teaching credential can complete a full school year of training to achieve the certification.
With interest in incorporating chaplains into public schools on the rise, particularly in states like Texas, the NSCA hopes its training program will help to set a professional standard for this growing field.
The NSCA training program prepares participants to provide counsel and spiritual care for a school’s staff and faculty, as well as students and their families. Certified chaplains also organize prayer sessions and provide support for after-school faith activities and clubs.
NSCA has created minimum requirements for becoming a certified chaplain in addition to completing the training program. Included in these requirements are references from a local church and employer, a background free of pedophilia, violent crimes, and crimes relating to minors, and a verified year’s experience serving school-aged children. Certified chaplains also undergo a forensic social media evaluation to check for biblical moral character.
Those interested in learning more about NSCA’s chaplain training program can visit the website to complete the initial chaplain assessment. This step determines the level of training an individual requires and helps participants understand the scope of what will be expected of them in serving as a chaplain.
The NSCA is a Christian chaplain ministry dedicated to promoting school chaplains as integral members of school staff by upholding national school chaplain standards. It provides comprehensive chaplain training and licensing and works to maintain a strong bridge between secular and spiritual environments for communities across the United States.
“Chaplains are not a modern innovation; they have a long history in the United States since before our county was even founded,” said one spokesperson for the organization. “Chaplains provided valuable and respected services. In recent years, chaplains have worked with many social-service organizations; for instance, chaplains are deployed with every Red Cross Disaster Action Team and have followed in the wake of mass shootings and natural disasters.”
Interested parties can learn more by visiting https://nationalschoolchaplainassociation.org/
National School Chaplain Association
PO Box 720746
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