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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 eligible 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 general timelines. The full manual, which contains specific dates and the application form, will be emailed to all eligible third-year students in January.

To contact the Practicum team, please email sshpracticum@uoit.ca.

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