Alternative Field Experiences (EDUC 5025Q and EDUC 5026S) provide opportunities to try something different — to widen your experience, expand your knowledge, and develop your skills
SAFETY ABROAD – Be sure to review these guidelines if you plan to arrange your own international experience.
FUNDING for International Experiences:
- Faculty of Education Students’ Council GO Awards: https://studentservices.uwo.ca/secure/Awards/index.cfm (log in and then search under “award name” for GO and then under “Faculty” for Education.
- Western International GO Awards: http://www.uwo.ca/international/learning/go_abroad/global_opp.html
September 30, 2017 – AFE 1 proposal due
December 15, 2017 – AFE 2 reflection due
January 30, 2018 – AFE 2 proposal due
April 27, 2018 – AFE 2 reflection due
1. May I complete my Alternative Field Experience in the summer instead of during the December and April time frames?
During the summer, you are not a registered student, and neither the Faculty nor the University can provide the supports required for off-site program components. Both Alternative Field Experiences must be completed according to the approved Academic Calendar—one in December and one in April
2. May I combine the December and April field experience placements into a single 7-week placement?
We believe there is value in having two placements at different times of the year and at different points in your program. To some degree, your specialty courses will focus on preparing you for and following up on these placements. Both Alternative Field Experiences must be completed according to the approved Academic Calendar — one in December and one in April.
3. I hope to have an international experience and would like to stay longer than 4 weeks.
Of course! If you elect an international placement, of course you may plan to stay beyond the 4 weeks in the spring that are required for program completion—but you do so as a choice, not a requirement, and you must understand that neither the Faculty nor the University can provide support or take any responsibility for you beyond the middle of April. In order to adjudicate your grades for graduation, we will need a report at the end of the 4 weeks that your placement has been completed satisfactorily. After that point, you have completed the program and technically are no longer a registered student. And because we can ‘count’ only 4 weeks and not any additional time you may spend at your placement site, you must complete the December placement in order to receive your full program credit.
4. Can I complete both field experiences at the same place?
Yes. We believe there is value in electing different experiences for the two alternative field placements, and we encourage you to be imaginative and adventurous. That said, there may be much to be learned by returning to the same placement. So, yes, you may indicate in your proposal for your December placement that you would like your April placement to be at the same location. You will still in due course be asked to complete a proposal for the April placement because things may change and your project description and learning outcomes should demonstrate justification for returning to the same placement.