Practicum & Community Leadership Experience

Over the course of the two-year Bachelor of Education degree program, you will gain practical, hands-on experience through 19 weeks of practicum in a variety of Ontario classrooms. Whether you choose the primary/junior, junior/intermediate or intermediate/senior division, we will ensure that we provide you with placements that fulfill the requirements of your program and the requirements of the Ontario College of Teachers.

In your second year, use the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired, in a 60-hour community leadership experience. You may choose to participate in an international or domestic practicum arranged by Nipissing University or focus your interests closer to home within Ontario. Previous international and domestic locations have included Costa Rica, Kenya, France, and Trois Pistoles, Quebec. Experiences within Ontario have included placements in organizations such as museums, outdoor education centres, and correction centres. Whether teaching internationally or working with a local organization, you will get to explore the teaching and learning opportunities that exist outside of traditional classrooms.

If you have questions, please contact the Practicum Office (F201) at or 705-474-3450 ext. 4555.

Information for Associate Teachers

Associate teachers play a vital role in modeling excellence in teaching and professionalism. While mentoring teacher candidates is a rewarding experience, it is also a tremendous commitment and responsibility. The Schulich School of Education appreciates the dedication of associate teachers in guiding teacher candidates through the planning and implementation process and providing feedback and evaluation at this critical stage in their development as educators. 

The first step toward a rich and successful practicum experience for you and your teacher candidate begins here. Whether it's your first time hosting a teacher candidate from the Schulich School of Education, or your tenth, it is important that you are familiar with our expectations, the responsibilities of your teacher candidate and your role as mentor. We hope you find the following resources helpful as you prepare to welcome a teacher candidate in your classroom.

Information for associate teachers hosting a teacher candidate completing Practicum I


Block 1: September 3-6 and October 15-November 1     Block 2: February 10-March 6

Year 1 Final Report Samples

Information for associate teachers hosting a teacher candidate completing Practicum II

Block 1: October 7-November 8     Block 2: March 23-May 1

Year 2 Final Report Samples

Other resources for associate teachers:

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