- 1. Find an AFE
- Teacher candidates are expected to find their own Alternative Field Experience and are encouraged to use their connections, especially those built during previous practica. The first AFE must relate to your Specialty. Beyond that, let your interests guide you. This is a chance for you to try something different, to gain experiences that will bring unique perspectives into your future classrooms! Consider non-traditional classrooms, community organizations, non-profits, health care facilities, museums, government organizations.
- Contact your potential AFE
Introduce yourself to the person and/or organization you’re interested in working with. Search their website for any specific initiatives you’re interested in, or look through their directory for someone with a job title including “outreach”, “community involvement” or “human resources”.
Keep your initial email simple, outlining how you can support them and what you hope to learn. Include our Letter of Introduction to formalize your request.
NOTE – review Ontario school board requirements for AFE before contacting an Ontario public/Catholic school
- Submit your AFE Proposal
Complete the online AFE Proposal Form and submit it before the proposal deadline. After submitting you’ll receive a copy of your submission by email.
Within the AFE Proposal Form you’ll be asked to clearly outline your learning objectives for the AFE as they relate to your professional goals and, in the case of AFE 1, as they relate to your Specialty. Most teacher candidates require about 75-100 words per learning objective to clearly explain their goals. (NOTE – Once the AFE concludes, you’ll submit a formal AFE Final Report reflecting on your learning objectives.)
TIP – To clearly articulate the connection between your AFE 1 and your Specialty, review the Specialty course outlines and your class notes for specific teaching approaches or philosophies that are applicable to the AFE.
- Wait for approval from the Faculty of Education
Proposals will be reviewed by the Teacher Education office and the Specialty Coordinators. We will process and review these as quickly as we can, with an estimated turnaround time of 1-4 weeks, depending on the time of year.
- Complete the AFE
Keep in touch with your AFE Supervisor leading up to the experience to coordinate logistics. Share information on the Alternative Field Experience, including the AFE Handbook. During the experience, track your hours and regularly reflect on the goals you articulated in your AFE Proposal.
- Submit the AFE Final Report
Prior to the end of the AFE, review and complete the AFE Final Report. On the last day of the AFE, have your AFE Supervisor sign off on the report and submit it to the Teacher Education Office.