Placement-Field Based Learning

CHILD & YOUTH STUDIES
Placement-Field Based Learning

Hoping to participate in fourth-year field placement?

Review the information below and the steps to ensure field placement is right for you!

Course Description: CHYS 4880H, 4881H: Placement—Field-Based Learning

This placement allows students the opportunity to gain practical experience in settings such as foster homes, shelters, residential treatment facilities, and community outreach programs. During the placement, coursework lends support to the field experience. Prerequisite: 12.0 university credits including 70% or higher in CHYS 3001H and a minimum 65% average in completed CHYS courses. Open only to Child & Youth Studies majors.

Understand the Hour & Credit Options:

There are two placement courses that students may enrol in; each worth a half credit, each allotting 50-60 hours of placement work with an agency off-campus. There are also in-class lecture hours that must be accounted for as well, these in-class hours can be found in the course description. Hours completed during in-class lectures do not count toward placement hours required with an off-campus agency.

Placement Option A: Students may pursue a full credit (100-120 hours both placement courses) in either Fall OR Winter semester (approximately one day a week of off-campus hours with an agency). Academic equivalency of one credit.

Placement Option B: Students may pursue a half-credit (50-60 hours or one placement course) in Fall AND Winter term (approximately a half-day a week of off-campus hours with an agency). Academic equivalency of one credit.

Placement Option C:  Students may pursue a half-credit (50-60 hours or one placement course) in Fall OR Winter term (approximately a half-day a week of off-campus hours with an agency). Academic equivalency of a half-credit.

 

Steps on how to participate in fourth-year field placement:

Step One: Do you meet the academic eligibility?

12.0 university credits including 70% or higher in CHYS 3001H and a minimum 65% average in completed CHYS courses. Open only to Child & Youth Studies majors.

Step Two: Complete Intent to Participate Form;

This form is sent to all eligible third-year majors in the April before the academic term in which 4th-year placements would begin.

Step Three: Non-Academic Necessary Documentation

Begin completing non-academic necessary documentation in the May before the academic term in which 4th-year placements would begin. Participate in First Aid/CPR (C) certification courses. Request your Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening.

Step Four: View and Apply for Placements Online

Access the placement opportunity directory via the Student Experience Portal as early as the May before the academic term in which 4th-year placements would begin. All placement postings (September AND January start) are available to begin applying for from May-July. All placement postings expire at the end of the first week of July.

Step Five: Priority Course Registration

To ensure a suitable placement, students are encouraged to enrol in CHYS 4880/4881 during their priority course registration period in the June before the academic term in which 4th-year placements would begin. Students will add themselves to the waitlist prior to enrollment being confirmed. Enrollment is limited. Academic eligibility and registration is confirmed once students have secured a placement position.

Step Six: Interviews, Securing & Pre-Placement

For Placements take place in September and January, interviews begin as soon as June/July and continue through until the beginning of August. Placements can be secured anytime between June - August, but must be secured and confirmed by the deadline. You must notify the Workplace Coordinator of your confirmed placement on or before the deadline in August - also indicating which hour and credit option of placement you will be pursing. Access to the pre-placement Blackboard site is provided once a placement position has been secured.

Key Dates:

For 2020/2021 Placements Available Starting Deadline
Register for and Attend the  Cover Letter & Resume Workshop On Campus January 2020  
Register for and Attend the Interview Preparation Session On Campus TBD TBD
Complete Intent to Participate Form April 27, 2020 May 8, 2020
Register for and Attend First AID/CPR Certification Course April 15, 2020 May 1, 2020
Placement Opportunities Posted May 1, 2020 July 3, 2020
Apply for a Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening May 15, 2020 July 3 2020
Priority Placement Course Registration June 12, 2020 June 19, 2020
Placement Interviews June 1, 2020 July 31, 2020
Placements Secured Ongoing  August 7, 2020
Pre-Placement Blackboard Access August 10, 2020 September 3, 2020

 

Students Wishing to Arrange Their Own Placement:

Students are encouraged to source and advocate for their own placement opportunity through existing personal and professional connections. Every effort will be made to support students wishing to source their own placement. Students wishing to coordinate their own placement are expected to still meet the course enrollment requirements, see above.  Students are also expected to complete the Intent to Participate Form as well as the complete the Student Sourced Field-Placement form and submit to the Workplace Coordinator by the Intent to Participate Form Deadline.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Field-Based Placement?

The Field-Based Placement course is an intensive, challenging and competitive academic course offered to a limited number of fourth-year students. It is an elective course with a placement component and an in-class component. The placement represents 60-120 hours (unpaid) over the course of one academic semester.

If I accept a placement, can I continue to apply and interview with other organizations? 

In fairness to host organizations and other students, once a student has accepted a placement, they are no longer eligible to apply or interview for other positions.

Do in-class lecture hours count toward placement hours? 

Students will benefit from both the in-class lecture component of the placement course as well as the hours they complete off-campus with an organization, for this reason, the in-class lecture hours do not count toward the 50-120 hour off-campus placement hours.

Is there is a day in 4th year dedicated as placement day? How is the schedule determined?

There is no designated placement day and the student and host organization determine the schedule for placement days. Students are encouraged to determine a schedule that will fit their needs and the needs of the organization. Students should schedule at least one day a week in their 4th year free of classes to account for the off-campus placement hours. Students should be aware that placement hours can be in the evenings or weekends, depending on the nature of the placement and the organizations' needs. 

How many hours is placement off-campus each week?  

Depending on the start date, students should expect to attend placement for four to 8 hours each week (e.g. half-day once a week up to one day a week (eight-hour shift)). 

Are placements guaranteed?

Placements are by no means guaranteed. Students must meet all academic prerequisites and apply to the placement opportunities during the stated posting times while being mindful of all deadlines and application instructions. To increase a students' chances of securing a suitable placement in 4th year, it is suggested that students submit a minimum of five applications. Students are not permitted to accept a placement offer if they have already agreed to begin with another Agency. Agencies are by no means required to offer a placement simply because you applied or get invited to interview. Students must be prepared to speak to their abilities and why they would be the best fit for the placement as well as be prepared to speak to their availability. 

Can I begin my placement early or end later?

Unfortunately, students are not permitted to begin logging placement hours before the start of the term or after the last date of the term that their placement course(s) are in. This is due to the University and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development being responsible for the workplace insurance coverage for unpaid student work placements only during the time period of the term in which the student is academically registered in a for-credit, approved course/program. Students are able to volunteer with their placement hosts on days outside of the semester in which they will be completing their placements, however, hours will not count for placement credit, and the workplace insurance will be at the responsibility of the organization. 

Final Note: The Child & Youth Studies department in consultation with the Workplace Partnerships Coordinator reserves the right to remove students from the placement course process at any time for failing to meet deadlines and/or expectations. While every effort is made to ensure students have a variety of placement opportunities available, placements are not guaranteed and failing to follow the process outlined above within the indicated timelines will jeopardize the possibility for a student to secure a placement.