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:
- Bachelor of Education (BEd)
- Bachelor of Education (BEd), Technological Education
- Bachelor of Arts (Educational Studies)
- Master of Leadership and Community Engagement (MLCE)
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.
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.