Practicum

Ledger House
Practica and service learning experiences have always been a central feature of our undergraduate and graduate programs. (L-R) CYC student Rebecca Nielsen, senior instructor Greg Saunders and practicum supervisor Trevor Rowe at Ledger House, Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health--a SCYC partner in practicum education for forty years.

Practicum Placement Process:

If you're ready to apply for your CYC 210, CYC 310 or CYC 410/A practicum, you must submit a  PRACTICUM REQUEST FORM, updated resume and a professional cover letter by the due dates indicated in the chart below. A current Criminal Records Check (CRC) must be on file with the School of Child and Youth Care before you can begin any practicum.  BC CRCs are valid for five years from the point of issue so if you have provided a CRC within the past four years, you should not need to re-apply. For more detail on the CRC process, see the “Criminal Record Check Tab below.  Note: Incomplete packages or poorly written cover letters and resumes, will be returned. It is important for you to include all relevant information on your practicum request form to help the Coordinator determine the best match for your interests and level of experience. Late applications may not be accepted.

Practicum dates Form due International practicum due date
May-August (summer block) January 15 September 15
September-April (term) March 15 January 15
January (210 or 410/A only) September 15 March 15

Applications will be reviewed by the Practicum Coordinators and incomplete packages or poorly written cover letters and resumes, will be returned. It is important for you to include all relevant information on your practicum request form to help the Coordinator determine the best match for your interests and level of experience. Late applications may not be accepted.

Submissions and/or questions should be directed to:

310                  Samantha Corrington: scorring@uvic.ca 250-721-6475

210 or 410/A       Michelle Koroll: mkoroll@uvic.ca 250-721-6371

CYC 210 is for students who have not previously completed a Human Services diploma. If you have questions regarding this, check with an adviser.

The 210 practicum is an introduction to observation and recording strategies and professional practice in the field of child and youth care. It's usually conducted in a developmental setting such as early childhood centres, after-school care settings and youth programs.

If you wish to pursue the early years specialization and obtain ECE certification, you must indicate this on your CYC 210 practicum request form so arrangements can be made for you to complete your practicum in a licensed child care centre. You'll be assessed by your practicum supervisor using the ECE Registry's competencies forearly childhood educators.

You'll need to retain this assessment for further evaluation by a licensed ECE supervisor for your CYC 410 or 410A practicum as well.

Check the UVic calendar for prerequisites and when the practicum courses are scheduled.

Consider volunteering

First and second year students are encouraged to do volunteer work during their school year. The experience will enhance the learning gained in the 100- and 200-level core CYC courses. A list of volunteer opportunities may be available at your local library for volunteer centre.

CYC 310 is offered in the third year of the program and is an opportunity for students to gain new skills.

These placements will help you apply a developmental and ecological perspective to your practice before moving into a more advanced or specialized area for 410 or 410A.

Relevant Information about 310:

  • 286 hours with clients, coworkers and consultation with supervisors.
  • Term placements start in September and end in April and are approximately 12 hours per week.
  • Block placements are offered only in May till August and students are in practicum for approximately 25 hours per week.
  • Check the UVic calendar for prerequisites and when the practicum courses are scheduled.

Learn about course challenge by PLA if you already have extensive child and youth care experience.

CYC 410 and CYC 410A are often more specialized, depending on your interests.

Relevant Information about 410 and 410A.

  • 286 hours time with clients, coworkers and consultation with supervisors.
  • Term placements start in September and end in April and are approximately 12 hours per week.
  • Block placements are available each term and students are in practicum for approximately 25 hours per week.

Check the UVic calendar for prerequisites. NOTE:  CYC 410/A is only offered in the distance format.

Many CYC students have traveled extensively and developed an interest in international child and youth care. Others have developed this interest through their course work or involvement with international agencies like the Red Cross, Canadian International Development Agency or the United Nations.

If you have an interest in international child and youth care we encourage you to develop these interests further through an international practicum. To be eligible you must have successfully completed all required and elective courses in the child and youth care program.

These practicums are only offered in a block format. They can take place in any country that’s considered safe, and where there’s access to technology (specifically email and web access). You’ll be required to do thorough research on your country of choice and the agency where you’ll be placed.

The 410 Advanced Practicum course is demanding at the best of times and, coupled with the adjustment of being in a foreign country, is an option that should only be considered by the experienced, self-motivated and skilled student who works well with minimal supervision.

An international practicum places unique demands upon the student, the most important of which is the demand to integrate learned knowledge, skills and self-awareness into a totally new setting with little time for assimilation and accommodation.

Contact a practicum adviser if you’re interested in an international practicum.

Paula Klassen and Nashira Birch have written an international practicum manual based on their international experiences – before, during and after. We hope that their journey will answer some of your questions and give you more to think about.

The application deadline for international practicums is different than other practicums. Your practicum request form, resume, and application package are due by March 15 for a January practicum, and by September 15 for a May practicum. A committee of internationally-experienced CYC faculty members will review the applications and interview each applicant before final acceptance is given.

The application package includes:

  1. A practicum request form
  2. A letter of intent -- an essay on why an overseas practicum placement is an appropriate choice. It must include:

    • a self-evaluation on what personal attributes you possess which would assist you in working internationally
    • a description of relevant experiences and how they will contribute to, and enhance, your international practice;
    • an explanation of how you are going to tap into the resources of the country/community you are visiting
    • an explanation of how you will connect with the local knowledge
  3. Agency information:

    • name of agency
    • name of contact person/supervisor
    • agency’s address, phone number, email, fax, website
    • type of agency, kind of services, client, population
  4. Budget projection that includes:

    • tuition fees and course materials
    • transportation costs to and from placement
    • required inoculations
    • health insurance coverage
    • extended/emergency health insurance for your placement
    • visas for practicum placement (if applicable)
    • accommodation
    • daily living expenses (food, transportation, web access)
    • personal supplies
    • passport expenses
    • other incidentals

If you’re interested in doing an international practicum, please call 250-721-6475 after reading the international practicum manual.

Practicum within BC

The University of Victoria is required to adhere to the BC Criminal Records Review Act.

The Act states: “An educational institution must ensure that every registered student who will work with children or work with vulnerable adults undergoes a criminal record check.”

All students who reside in BC and/or plan to complete a practicum placement in BC will be required to undergo a Criminal Record Check through the Ministry of Justice. This Criminal Record Check is required even if you have had a recent check completed for some other purpose. It is strongly recommended that students complete this process at the time of admission. Failure to complete this process will prohibit students from beginning their placement.

Students can request a Criminal Record Check by using the online link and access code below:

Online link: https://justice.gov.bc.ca/eCRC/

Access Code: 2BWK5EYEAR

Please Note: Students who have not developed a credit history, or have not lived in Canada for the last two years will be sent another application form. This form needs to be printed, signed, and brought to the school or sent directly to the Practicum Coordinator along with a copy of your photo ID. Any questions can be directed to Michelle Koroll at 250-721-6371 or mkoroll@uvic.ca

Practicum Outside of BC

If you do not reside in BC and do not intend to complete a practicum in this province, you will not be required to complete the process above. You will however, have to meet any individual agency or provincial requirements regarding criminal records checks. Again, students are encouraged to begin this process early.