Practicum in Child, Youth & Family
The Child, Youth and Family (CYF) program has required third and fourth year practica in the areas of child, youth and families. Students in the CYF co-op program are not required to take the 4th year placement.
In third year, CYF majors may:
In fourth year, CYF majors may:
All CYF students are required to take a practicum either in Child (FRHD*3200) or Youth (FRHD*3250) in their third year of study. Students taking the Practicum in Child are placed in the Child Care and Learning Centre. Students registered in the Practicum in Youth are placed in elementary and high schools in the Guelph and surrounding areas.
In the fourth year of study, students come together to take another practicum course (FRHD*4170). Students are placed in educational facilities or within a range of human service organizations serving children and youth. The practicum experience provides students an opportunity to work alongside professionals, receive ongoing feedback and supervision. It is this experience that enables students to integrate what they learn in the in the classroom with professional practice.
An important course that prepares students to go into practicum is Principles of Program Design for Children (FRHD*2040) or Youth (FRHD*2300) offered in the second year of study. It is within this course that students prepare to be placed in a practicum site that corresponds with their interests and learning objectives.
Students must have the consent of the practicum coordinator or designate to take practicum courses. This includes having a course waiver signed to register for the course. Once the intention to register for the practicum is confirmed, the Practicum Coordinator matches students with the available placement. Sometimes students decide to study part time or take courses out of sequence. It is essential that students be in touch with the practicum coordinator as early as possible.