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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

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 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.

Do you have questions about the Practicum? Email us at ssh.elo@ontariotechu.ca

 

The pre-practicum process commences in the winter of your third year. The Practicum office initiates this process by sending an email to third-year students at the start of the Winter semester. 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. 

Fourth-year students develop and refine their professional self through a placement with an organization. The Practicum prepares you for a leadership role within your field of study.

  • A well-rounded education, enriched by practical application of classroom learning.
  • Opportunities to gain relevant employment skills and realistic expectations of the workforce.
  • Documented practical experience and workplace skills for a resumé.
  • Job search skills and a network of contacts upon graduation.
  • Opportunities to gain a broader understanding of career options.
  • Development of personal and personal and professional goals.
  • Experience with self-directed learning.

The Practicum is an intensive, challenging and competitive academic course offered to a limited number of fourth-year students. It is an elective course with a placement component and in-class component. The placement represents 100 hours (unpaid) over the course of one academic semester.

Participating in a 100-hour Practicum placement allows students to gain targeted workplace experience and explore the real-life meaning of their degree. After completing the placement and accompanying course, students will benefit from an expanded professional network, first-hand knowledge of career directions and transferable skills that directly relate to their field of study and long-term career goals.

To ensure the best experience for both students and host organizations, Practicum students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B) and fourth-year standing (84 credit hours) to be eligible to participate.

Students are not required to find their own placement. The Experiential Learning Office works with each student to secure an appropriate placement opportunity. Each student represents a unique range of interests, goals, experience, expectations and abilities, and placement matches are calibrated accordingly.

Students wishing to co-ordinate their own placement should contact the Experiential Learning Office to make arrangements by emailing ssh.elo@ontariotechu.ca

In fairness to host organizations and other students, once a student has accepted a placement, they are no longer eligible to apply or interview for other positions.

There is no designated placement day and scheduling is determined by the student and host organization. Students are encouraged to determine a schedule that will fit their needs and the needs of the organization. Depending on the start date, students should expect to attend placement for eight to 10 hours each week (e.g. once a week (eight-hour shift) or twice a week (five-hour shifts)).

As part of our faculty’s ongoing commitment to establishing and strengthening relationships with surrounding communities, our Practicum placements represent a dependable, cost-free resource for partnering organizations. Student activities and projects may include quantitative and qualitative research, frontline work, group facilitation, media releases, program evaluation, policy development and review, outreach, fundraising, project design, mentorship and proposal writing. Our students also partake in observational and accompanying (shadowing) roles.

Practicum students are carefully screened and must successfully complete an application form, personal statement, cover letter, resumé and interview with the Practicum office. Each student is prepared with a current vulnerable sector police check, health and safety and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training, and is covered by a commercial general insurance policy and private workplace accident insurance policy. While on placement, Practicum students are governed by a Code of Conduct that outlines ethical and responsible conduct in the workplace.

"The students bring new knowledge and perspective to our Durham Partner Assault Response (PAR) Program. Kudos to the Practicum program and to the university."
- Dawn, Supervisor, PAR Program, Social Services Department, Regional Municipality of Durham

Khalidah Abubaker

Communication and Digital Media Studies, class of 2017

“My placement with Culture Counts at the City of Oshawa gave me insight about how to network and think in the real world. I was able to help with events and learning workshops, which allowed me to experience first-hand what Culture Counts does to help the community. This experience gave me a different outlook on my personal and career goals.”


Alyssa Shaver

Legal Studies, class of 2017

 "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."


Melissa McMillan

Forensic Psychology, class of 2015

"I was lucky enough to complete my practicum placement with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Durham, as part of the Transitional Rehabilitation Housing Program (TRHP). During this placement, I gained practical work experience and had exposure to various situations not teachable in a classroom. The practicum helped me build a professional network with various agencies in the community. After the practicum, I was hired by CMHA and have since then worked with the Collaborative Residents Enabling Assisted Transitional Engagement (CREATE) program, along with the TRHP/Forensic Case Management program. Currently, I am Senior of the CREATE program. My experience with the practicum program was invaluable with helping me land a full-time permanent career in a field I am so passionate about."