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:
- Work together in a team to plan, implement and evaluate creative activities for young children
- Work with older children and youth who require extra resources in a school setting by capitalizing on individual strengths and resiliencies
- Work with a Child and Youth Counselor to help youth develop life skills in emotional and social development, increasing their self-confidence in the school community
In fourth year, CYF majors may:
- Work as a student teacher in primary and secondary classrooms
- Assist in planning and implementing a parent group for parents with learning difficulties
- Implement activities with individual preschool children with autism
- Work with at risk youth in community drop-in centres
- Support families from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds in a community prevention program that helps adults and children connect with others in their neighbourhood and link them with the broader community
- Plan and implement individual sessions with children, under the supervision of a Speech and Language Pathologist, to improve their speech and language skills
- Work with preschoolers to identify areas of developmental delay and create intervention strategies
- Work in group homes with at risk youth
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.