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BEd Practicum and Field Experience

In total, Bachelor of Education Teacher Candidates spend about 150 days in practical experience settings during their two years in the Laurier Faculty of Education. That is more than twice the provincial requirement of 80 days by the Ontario College of Teachers which recognizes a combination of virtual and in-school practicum experiences.

Year 1

Field Days

Teacher Candidates (TCs) spend one day per week (a Field Day) at their school placement during the weeks when on-campus courses are in session. Field Days provide opportunities to apply theoretical constructs from courses to immediate school and classroom experiences. They also enable Teacher Candidates to develop ongoing relationships with other school staff and sustain involvement in classroom and school‐wide activities, as permitted, throughout the year. After the Thanksgiving Day holiday, TCs complete the Extended Field Days block, spending nine days in one classroom at their school site. This practical experience provides TCs with an opportunity for in‐depth observation of teaching and learning through sustained immersion in one classroom.

Practicum One

TCs complete the first three-week practicum at the end of the Fall Term of Year 1. During Practicum One, TCs teach up to 25% of the time under the supervision of their Associate Teacher.

Practicum Two

TCs complete the second three‐week practicum block in March-April of Year 1, teaching up to 50% of the time under the supervision of their Associate Teacher.

Alternative Placement

The Alternative Placement is a three‐week practical experience placement that usually occurs at the end of Year 1 of the program. TCs work in a voluntary capacity in various Ontario contexts related to teaching and learning or take advantage of international teaching opportunities. Arranged individually by each TC according to their interests, the Alternative Placement provides TCs with valuable practical experience that may not be available at their school sites. 

The Alternative Placement is a required non-credit course within the Bachelor of Education program. Successful completion of this 90-hour placement before June 1st of that academic year is required for progression to Year 2 of the program. 

Year 2

TCs move to a different school placement for the second year of the program, enhancing their knowledge and appreciation of the diversity of schools within Ontario.

Field Days

TCs spend one day per week at their school placement during the weeks when on‐campus courses are in session. Field Days provide opportunities to apply theoretical constructs from courses to immediate school and classroom experiences.

Practicum Three

TCs complete the third practicum (nine days in length) halfway through the first semester of Year 2, teaching a minimum of 50% of the time.

Practicum Four

TCs complete the fourth practicum (three weeks in length) at the end of the first semester of Year 2 during which TCs assume responsibility for teaching a minimum of 75% of the time.

Practicum Five: Laurier Professional Placement

TCs complete the fifth and final practicum at their school site at the end of the second semester of Year 2. The final practicum, the Laurier Professional Placement (LPP), is a 10‐week block placement that provides extensive opportunities for varied classroom and school experiences and supports TCs in transitioning from student teacher to practicing professional. At various points during the LPP, TCs will assume responsibility for teaching 100% of the program under the supervision of the Associate Teacher.