What is a Practicum?

Our practicum experiences provide students with the opportunity to learn and work collaboratively with mentors in community-based and school-based placements in combination with coursework. Practicum placements provide students with the opportunity to experience theory in practice, and to develop professional skills that are required in the workplace.

The Faculty of Education offers the following types of practicum placements:

Community Practicum Placements

Community practicum placements are required in the following degree programs:

Community practicum placements are optional in the following degree programs:

School Practicum Placements (BEd only)

In accordance with our Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) accreditation, all students in the Bachelor of Education (BEd) and Bachelor of Education (BEd), Technological Education are required to participate in an Ontario school-based placement for a minimum of 80 days.

For more details on school placements visit the Mentor Teacher Resource Room (MTRR).

Criminal Record Checks

All students who are working in school and community placements with children, the elderly or others who are considered as vulnerable are required by law to have proof of a current Criminal Background Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) prior to beginning any practicum experience.