Field Experiences - Extensive Practica
Without a doubt, one of the most exciting and unique things you will experience as an undergraduate at the U of L Faculty of Education is the extended opportunities you’ll be given to observe and lead a classroom of learners.
As part of your field experience, you will spend 27 weeks off-campus in a broad range of school settings, more than twice the amount required for teacher certification in Alberta.
The following offers a brief overview of the practicum experiences.
The best way to find out if teaching is the career for you is by experiencing what it’s like to be in a classroom. Comprised of campus seminars and a practicum component within the schools, Education 2500 is designed to open your eyes to the realities of this challenging – but rewarding – profession by assigning you to an elementary school classroom for 60 hours (20 mornings). In Spring and Fall semesters, Education 2500 is offered either on Mondays and Wednesdays, or Tuesdays and Thursdays with practicums taking place in the schools on those respective mornings. During this time, you’ll have the chance to function in a role similar to a teacher assistant.
After you’ve been admitted to the Faculty of Education and completed the six required on-campus courses, you’ll begin your first official practicum. In the PS I practicum you’ll be assigned full-time to an elementary classroom (Kindergarten to Grade 6) for approximately 125 hours (5 weeks).
After PS I and completing four more on-campus courses, your PS II begins. In PS II you’ll be assigned full-time to a classroom for approximately 150 hours (6 weeks).
Your experience in the classroom culminates in a 15-week full semester teaching internship that not only prepares you as a teacher, it helps you to begin nurturing the kind of professional relationships that will benefit you, your career and the students you will teach.
We are very proud of the way we have designed our practicum component and prouder still to know that our renowned program consistently produces teachers of excellence.
To learn more about our unique and highly successful approach to hands-on teacher training the Field Experience Office is here to ensure that all of this happens smoothly for you.
If there is anything you need to know about practicum issues, policies and procedures, you should be able to find it on this website or in the Student Handbook.
The Parent Guide addresses common questions about the roles and responsibilities of U of L Faculty of Education student teachers/interns when they complete their practica in schools.
If you need additional information, feel free to contact us:
Faculty of Education
Room TH 421 Turcotte Hall
University of Lethbridge
4401 University Drive
Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4