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A limited number of fourth-year students are granted an opportunity to participate in a learning experience with a community organization. The practicum is an experiential learning tool that provides you with opportunities to acquire workplace skills and knowledge, confront the relationship between theory and practice, and cultivate a sense of personal and professional development. The Practicum course consists of 100 hours of fieldwork, several in-class seminars and a set of academic assignments.

Pre-practicum process

The pre-practicum process commences in the winter of your third year. The Practicum office initiates this process by sending an email in the start of the winter semester to third-year . As part of the pre-practicum process, you are expected to acquire a vulnerable sector screening. You are then matched with community organizations based on the goals, interests and learning outcomes identified in verbal and written pre-placement interviews. In consultation with a designated fieldwork supervisor, you will design, manage and receive feedback on a series of self-directed workplace goals and objectives. 

View the online version of the faculty's Practicum Manual, which outlines the requirements and timelines. 

For more information, contact the Practicum team at


                     Benefits of the Practicum


     Broader understanding                    A network of contacts                     Gain relevant workplace                 Documented experience 
         of career options                              upon graduating                                          skills                                            for a resumé


"The opportunity to complete a practicum at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology allowed me to gain hands-on experience while making connections with professionals in my desired field. My time with the Region of Durham helped to bridge the gap between theory and practice, which led to the personal and professional growth I needed before graduating."

Alyssa Shaver, Legal Studies, class of 2017

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