Practicum Information

Hello Year One Teacher Candidates

It was wonderful to be inspired by Steve Revington yesterday!! I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with the break out group with whom I collaborated after Steve’s presentation . . . many thanks to all for sharing your reflections with us!

There were a few questions asked during the session about the upcoming Practicum (November 14 December 9), so I am posting information you will find helpful . . .

  • You will find Practicum Information here. It includes the links to the Practicum Handbook and Practicum Policies. Candidates are encouraged to become very familiar with this information.
  • As noted on the Blog, there will be a Practicum Preparation Presentation on NOVEMBER 1 after the PIN Ceremony Preparation.
  • Your placement will be posted in the Portal. You will receive an email giving you directions for how to proceed.

Just a reminder, as mentioned online in Practicum Information, Candidates may not select their own Associate Teacher or arrange their own placement. Please Do Not contact Schools or Associate Teachers.

I wish you continued success as you complete the second week of the program!

From the desk of. . .

Christine    🙂


5008Q Session #1 (Year 1) – September 13

Time: 1:00 –3:00 p.m.
Location: The Auditorium, Room 1050

Guest Speaker: Steve Revington

Steve has been an educator for thirty years. In 2015-16, he won the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2014-15, he was one of the 50 international finalists for the Global Teacher Prize, Varkey Foundation. In 2014, he won the Faculty of Education Associate Teacher’s Award of Excellence. His many teaching experiences and his development of authentic learning opportunities provide a framework for his presentation.

2:00-3:00 p.m. At the completion of Mr. Revington’s talk, teacher candidates are asked to move to the rooms indicated on the chart. Teacher candidates are grouped according to Cohort/Specialty Area.

Cohort/Specialty Area Room # Name of Facilitator
Early Childhood Education 1050 Auditorium Betsy Reilly
Advanced Studies in Psychology 2038 Alison Ogilvie
French – Elementary & Secondary cohorts 1162 Christine Knight-Smith
International Education 2054 Susan Ibdah
Urban Education 2040 Kim Eyre
STEM 2042 Yang Lan


Faculty Donation Opt Out

The Faculty Donation Opt Out form is available HERE. Be sure  to visit to ensure that you understand what this donation is being used for before deciding if you wish to opt out!

Note that the deadline for submission to the Teacher Education Office (room 1166) is Friday, September 30. If you are in Year 2 and not at the Faculty, you may submit your completed form via email to — the form must be signed.

Those who have opted out will receive a credit to their tuition account for the donation. If your tuition account is paid in full you will receive a refund.  You will be notified early November when and where the refund will be available.  You are strongly encouraged to enrol for Direct Deposit — log into your Student Center account.  Click on “Enrol in Direct Deposit” in the Finances section, and input your banking information.  It takes 3 business days from when the refund is issued for the funds to be deposited into your bank account.  Please note that refunds will not be issued until early November for opt outs.  

Practicum 3 – Updates for Year 2 Teacher Candidates

As you know, the placements for Practicum 3 (September 6 – October 14) will be released (by email to your Western account) towards the third week of June. You MUST email your Associate Teacher, introduce yourself and forward your Teacher Candidate Profile and Program Summary (*see below) before June 23. This is important because many teachers do not check their school email regularly once schools close for the summer months. Your Associate Teacher is expecting to hear from you before the summer. NOTE: There are a few Districts that Candidates have selected that complete placements at the Board level. These placements may not be available by the end of June. In these cases, we will email each Candidate their placement via email as soon as they are sent to us.

We recommend that you update your Profile and prepare a draft email now (with your Profile and Program Summary attached) so that your email is ready to send once you know the name/email address of your Associate Teacher.

*NEW this year*

  1. Each Practicum has its own Profile (the WORD version of the Teacher Candidate Profile for Practicum Three is available here). You must send your Practicum 3 Associate Teacher your Practicum 3 Profile.
  2. In addition to your Profile, you also will need to send your Associate Teacher your Program Summary which you will find on the same link as the Profiles. There is nothing you need to do to the summary…simply attach the PDF version of the appropriate program to your introductory email.

*Reminder* It is your responsibility to ensure that you have completed all practicum requirements for the Board that you have chosen. This includes ensuring that you have a recent (no older than 6 months) Police Check/Vulnerable Sector Screening. The list of Board requirements is available HERE.

Practicum Preparation WEBINAR

The Practicum Preparation Webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, August 9th at 1:00 pm. You will receive an email from the Faculty’s IT Team giving you directions for how to connect in order to take part online.  You are also welcome to join us in person here at the Faculty in the Community Room. Please RSVP to only if you will be attending in person.

After August 9th, a copy of the Webinar will be posted on the Blog for those who are not able to join us virtually or in person on August 9th.

If you have a specific question that you would like to have addressed during the webinar, please post it in the ‘leave a comment’ section at the top of the June 2nd Blog post of this message. You will also be able to post questions online during the Webinar on August 9th.

2015-16 Undergraduate Teaching Awards

Congratulations teacher candidates on completing your first year of the Bachelor of Education Program! A significant part of what made this year so successful are the teachers and faculty who helped us along the way.  At this time, the Education Student Council would like to recognize the outstanding efforts of our educators by presenting three Undergraduate Teaching Awards to some deserving teachers. 

To nominate an instructor or faculty member, please feel free to complete the  nomination form (linked below), outlining what made this person so great! Nomination forms will be accepted until Friday May 6th at which point an Awards Committee representing the three divisions will select the winners. 

All nomination forms or questions can be directed to Brendan Roy at”

Brendan Roy

Nomination Form (word version)

Nomination Form (pdf)