As part of your Two-Year Bachelor of Education degree (BEd) Professional Program (P/J), you must complete a student teaching practicum, which spans a minimum of 105 days. This experience places you in a school or other learning environment so you will have the opportunity to teach students and learn from experienced teachers who have a minimum of two-years teaching experience.
To receive your BEd and become a member of the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT), you must complete your practicum successfully; this requires that you meet all of your practicum's requirements and fulfill your role as a teacher candidate in a responsible and professional manner.
Before you register for your practicum, please ensure that you understand how it works, its requirements, and your role as a teacher candidate. For a complete overview of your practicum, please see our Two-Year BEd Professional Program Reference Guide: Practicum
What is a Teaching Practicum?
As part of all Two-Year BEd Professional Programs (P/J), no matter your teaching subjects, you must complete a student teaching practicum, which consists of EDUC 4398 and EDUC 4498.
Your practicum is a mandatory part of your program and involves a minimum of 105 days of practice teaching divided into four teaching placements. Both Lakehead University and the OCT require you to complete this part of your degree to become a certified teacher.
Your practicum is an opportunity for you to apply your knowledge and teaching skills in the classroom as well as acquire teaching techniques and professional attitudes from experienced teaching mentors.
What will I be doing during my Teaching Practicum?
Each practicum is a unique experience that will give you the chance to observe successful teaching as well as prepare and deliver lessons. Over the course of your practicum, you will gradually gain more teaching responsibility; you will transition from observational learning and some teaching to independently planning lessons and teaching.
During your practicum, you will complete some of the following tasks:
- Become familiar with the school’s professional atmosphere and administrative process
- Manage the classroom to ensure student safety and effective learning
- Collaborate with your associate teacher to understand the needs of learners better
- Develop lesson plans that meet Ontario curriculum requirements
- Deliver lessons in a competent, professional, and responsible way
- Keep a record of your lessons and teaching so you can submit them to your associate teacher as well as reflect on your own experience
Where can I complete my Teaching Practicum?
In year one of your program you will be able to complete your placements with any partnership board.
In year two of your program you will be able to complete your placements with any partnership board. You also have the opportunity to complete one of your second year placements (March/April session) in a remote/isolated location , alternative site or abroad. If you are on a practicum review, you must complete your final placements with a local board (i.e. Simcoe Country District School Board or the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board).
Securing a Placement Spot
We will do our best to secure a placement for all teacher candidates, but we cannot guarantee placements for students, in particular those with a criminal charge or conviction. Also, our partnering boards have ultimate authority over your placement eligibility.
To ensure the integrity of the field evaluation process, we arrange all placements. Under no circumstances should you attempt to arrange your own placement. For more information about all of our partnership boards, see Our Partnership School Boards page.
Note: Candidates who interfere or who have individuals interfere in the placement procurement process on their behalf, are subject to sanctions under the Student Code of Conduct Academic Integrity policy
When is my Teaching Practicum?
Note: For more information about your practicum's schedule, see our Two-Year BEd Professional Program Reference Guide: Practicum.
For 2022-2023 placement dates, see our Resources for your Teaching Practicum.