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Bachelor of Education Degree Practical Experience Details

Field Experiences Overview

Field Experience is an integral component of King's Teacher Education Program.  Here you begin to make exciting connections between theory and practice.  You begin to understand what it means to make a difference in the lives of students. 

At King's you will experience a variety of connections to the external classroom in addition to your two student teaching practica. For example, you will have the opportunity to work with an individual student as part of one of your courses. Other opportunities, such as literacy events or classroom observations will vary, depending on whether you are in the elementary or secondary stream.

You will spend a total of 18 weeks in practicum placements.  You will meet personally with the Field Services Manager to determine where you will be placed.  This placement may be in a variety of settings that include: Public, Catholic, Independent, and Christian. 

All courses with a practicum component in the B.Ed. program (EDUC 251, EDUC 351, 353, and EDUC 450, 451, 453) are completed under the supervision of certificated classroom mentor teachers and King’s faculty supervisors.

You will be required to have current record checks to complete many of your field experiences.

 

Student Teaching Practica

EDUC 251 (Introduction to Teaching) is a pre-B.Ed course that introduces the life of the professional teacher and lays the foundation to future courses in the teacher education program. In addition to the campus-based course work, students spend 10 half days in the classroom.

EDUC 351 (Elementary Practicum I) provides students in the Elementary stream of the B.Ed. (After Degree) program with a reflective practicum experience that includes five weeks of in-school practical experience in an elementary classroom and a one week campus-based seminar.

EDUC 353 (Secondary Practicum I) provides students in the Secondary stream of the B.Ed. (After Degree) program with a reflective practicum experience that includes six weeks of in-school practical experience in a junior high or secondary classroom and an integrated one-week campus-based seminar.

EDUC 450  (Elementary Classroom Startup Procedures) provides second-year elementary pre-service teachers with an experience of the beginning of the school year. Pre-Service Teachers discover how a teacher intentionally fosters a desirable ethos in a classroom, especially during the first month of the school year. A total of 8 days are spent in the classroom and one day in a concluding seminar.

EDUC 451 (Elementary Practicum II) is the major practicum in the Elementary stream of the  B.Ed. (After Degree) program. At least eleven weeks are spent in an elementary classroom and one week in a concluding seminar. The student is assigned to a certificated teacher and is required to do a substantial amount of teaching on a graduated scale culminating in at least four weeks at the full-time level.

EDUC 453 (Secondary Practicum II) is the major practicum in the Secondary stream of the B.Ed. (After Degree) program. Eleven weeks are spent in a junior or senior high classroom and one week in a concluding seminar. The student is assigned to a certificated teacher and is required to do a substantial amount of teaching on a graduated scale culminating in at least four weeks at the full-time level.

Online Communication through Moodle

During the practicum a supportive learning community is maintained through web-based discussion groups. The e-learning management program, Moodle, provides the platform for this enhanced communication between practicum students and Faculty Supervisors.