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Professional Development & Field Experiences

Dr. Kathryn Ricketts

An essential ingredient in the Faculty's success in the integration of theory and practice in its teacher education programs is the 'field component'. Programs preparing teachers for the K-12 school system incorporate this component in every year of students’ learning experience.

The 'practica' in our teacher education programs go far beyond simply providing 'experience' in classrooms. Rather they comprise a developmental socialization process to the profession of teaching. The goal of these field experiences is to enable students to become more other oriented towards school children and their families, more skillful at transforming subject area content knowledge into forms that are pedagogically powerful, and more knowledgeable about curriculum, educational contexts, and purposes. The Faculty of Education, as a professional school, is committed to assisting individuals in becoming knowledgeable, competent and caring teachers. These 'knowing', 'doing', and 'being' aspects demand an interactive approach between the theories taught in the university courses and the practices of the teaching profession, in order to ensure the formation of a strong professional identity.

Each program in the faculty contains at least three major practicum experiences. The first-year practicum experience is an introduction to schools, an exploration of the various roles in education. More extensive development occurs in the pre-internship year. It is at this level that students experience the link between theory and practice since education courses over two semesters are coordinated with the practicum. An intensive 16-week internship, under the daily supervision of a cooperating teacher, has over the years become the 'flagship' of the Faculty of Education. The two-day Internship Seminar for cooperating teachers and interns, which has a long history of strong support by the partners in education in Saskatchewan, is unique in Canada.

School Field Experience Placements

Generally, University of Regina field experience placements are arranged in the following school divisions: Regina S.D. #4 (RBE), Regina RCSSD #81 (RCSD), Prairie Valley S.D. #208 (PVSD). Specific requests for other school divisions will be considered on a case-by-case basis and accommodated when possible. Information about your field-based practicum placement will be provided to you in your ECS 101/303, EAE 302, ECSF 100 and EPSF 300/315/325/350 classes once the field assignments have been completed.

When you go to the school you have been assigned for the first time, you must have the current, original CRC/PICPDF with you. Students will not be allowed into classrooms without an acceptable CRC/PIC (VSS).

In Regina schools, the principal may take a copy of the CRC/PIC and return the original to you.  Please make sure to keep the original CRC/PIC in a safe spot, because you will need it again for future pre-internship or field experience placements.

Although the CRC/PIC used for ECS 100 will be accepted in Regina schools for all ECS classes until internship*, you may be required to sign a form indicating that there have been no changes to your CRC/PIC since the original was submitted. If you are placed in a school division outside of Regina, please check with the school principal or the school division office for information regarding the CRC/PIC policy and procedures.

For the sixteen-week internship field experience, all students require an updated CRC/PIC including a Vulnerable Sector Search.


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