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Experiential learning

Practicum

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 students 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.

The pre-practicum process commences in the winter of third year. The Practicum office initiates this process by sending an email to third-year students in the beginning of their winter semester. As part of the pre-practicum process, students are expected to acquire a Vulnerable Sector screening. Students are matched with community organizations based on the goals, interests and learning outcomes identified in pre-placement interviews (verbal and written). In consultation with a designated fieldwork supervisor, students 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. 

Contact the Practicum team at sshpracticum@uoit.ca.

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