Field experience for education students at the University of Regina is developmental and offers pre-service teachers an opportunity to understand theories and values in action. Familiarization with the school and teaching begins in the first year, followed by the practice of teaching skills and strategies in the second or third year. One semester, usually at the beginning of the fourth year, is dedicated to the internship experience which takes place in a school setting.

At the level of the local school, education stakeholders provide collective support for the pre-service teacher. Ostensibly, the internship is the last opportunity a student has for a supervised learning experience before being assigned, as a certified teacher, with full responsibility for a classroom. During the practicum, each intern is paired with a teacher, and these two, along with a faculty advisor, form an educational team.

Internship provides an opportunity for interns to enter into a unique relationship with a faculty advisor and a cooperating teacher. Together, they relate theory to practice, critically analyze educational spaces and explore possibilities for the interns emerging professional identities. The intern is supported in the development of plans for students, teaching practice, classroom management, evaluation, and in experiencing all possible facets of the teaching profession.

Place of Internship in Program

Elementary Program

Elementary internship usually occurs during the first semester of the fourth year. During the first year each student will have taken seven arts and science classes, one Kinesiology and Health Studies class, and two education classes.  In their field placement, each student observes and gains a deeper understanding of education, children and teaching as their chosen profession. To proceed to internship in the Elementary Program each student must pass the review committee with a program grade point average (PGPA) of 70%, and obtain a recommendation from the cooperating teacher and the faculty advisor of pre-internship. Each student should have demonstrated growth professional competencies and basic skills such as classroom management, lesson planning, instructional and assessment strategies and the other skill areas.

Secondary Program

Using learning theories, the Professional Development Process and a half-day per week field experience pre-service teachers create a professional development plan focused on their evolution into competent and socially aware pre-service teachers. To proceed to internship (usually during the first semester of the fourth year), a student needs to maintain a PGPA of 70% (and 70% in their major subject area), passes all pre-internship courses and field experiences, and receives approval from the review committee.

Arts Education

The Arts Education program is designed to sustain both the goals and the legacy of the preceding 5-year K-12 Arts Education Program, as well as to reflect changes in contemporary arts practice and pedagogy. Building on the success of the current program, the new plan continues the tradition of required courses in each of the arts forms of Dance, Drama, Literature, Music, Visual Studies, and Creative Technologies. The core of the new program includes six Arts Education (EAE) courses that address: contemporary issues through aesthetic experience, methods and theories of curriculum and pedagogy, and practicum experience in schools and community.

Baccalauréat en Éducation Française (BAC)

The Baccaulaurat en Éducation Française (BAC) Program offers elementary and secondary 4-year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) programs to prepare prospective teachers for francophone and French immersion schools. Elementary and secondary Bachelor of Education After Degree (BEAD) 2-year programs are also available. This program locates internship in the fourth year. The pre-internship professional experience normally occurs in year three.

Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP)

SUNTEP is a four-year, fully accredited Bachelor of Education program, offered by the Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the University of Regina. The SUNTEP program includes a Cross-Cultural specialization, with an emphasis on Métis/First Nations history and culture. A substantial amount of time is spent in schools working with teachers and students. Year two begins with a professional involvement placement, then progresses to pre- internship in year three, to completing internship in year four.

First Nations University of Canada

First Nations University of Canada offers an elementary and secondary program, and is affiliated with the University of Regina. The goal is to develop teachers who can promote First Nations control of First Nations Education by developing and implementing Frist Nations content. Holistic cultural components are integrated throughout the program with a specific off-Campus cultural component offered in the second year of the program. This program locates internship in the fourth year. The pre-internship professional experience normally occurs in year three.

For inquiry about the internship program or placement preferences, please contact the student services at or call 306-585-5147

For assistance with your internship application, you can also book an appointment with an advisor at the Faculty of Education Student Services:

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