Field placement provides the opportunity for students learn about child and youth care practice alongside professionals who work in a variety of settings in the community. Agency staff and MacEwan faculty work collaboratively to offer supervision and support of students and each field placement is accompanied by an integration seminar that provides opportunities to connect course learning and field experience. Students complete field placements during years one, two and four of the program.
All field placements are arranged and supported through consultation with our field placement coordinator.
Students are assigned to either a community centre or a school and the field placement emphasizes self-awareness while learning about and integrating the foundations of child and youth care practice. Students complete 240 hours in first year.
Students are assigned to an agency that provides group care services to children, youth and/or families. The field practicum emphasizes the importance of working relationally and creatively with people where they live their lives. Students are encouraged to integrate learning from the classroom, the practice setting and their own experiences. Students complete 480 hours in second year.
Students are assigned to a wide array of settings that are typically tailored to meet the individual student's learning needs and goals. Advanced fieldwork opportunities can include specialized group care or community programs, mental health, government, family support, and schools. The field placement in fourth year emphasizes critical and reflective integration of theory and practice, while also enhancing skills around intervention, leadership and advocacy. Students complete 260 hours in fourth year.
Preparation for Field Placement
Many agencies require their employees to complete training in cultural awareness, crisis and suicide intervention. You are recommended to access this training in preparation for fieldwork. Before each field placement, you are also required to have a current First Aid Certificate, Police Security Clearance, and Child and Family Services Intervention check. Contact the program for more information.
International students must have a co-op work permit before starting field placement/clinical/practicum. A co-op work permit is different from your study permit; it is an additional permit that authorizes international students to participate in work that is integral to their program of study. You will need an up-to-date medical exam by an IRCC approved panel physician before applying for a co-op work permit as you will be working with vulnerable populations in a health, community or medical field.
Ask MacEwan International about the documents you need to apply. You should apply for a co-op work permit 4-6 months before the start of your field placement/clinical/practicum as current IRCC processing times are lengthy.