Secondary School Administrator Resources


Practicum Overview

The orientation practica are designed to introduce teacher candidates to the practice and contexts of teaching and learning. Initially, emphasis is placed on orientation to the school setting. Then, the focus shifts to assuming a gradual increase in teaching responsibilities.

The 10-week extended practicum provides teacher candidates with opportunities to demonstrate that they are capable of assuming the responsibilities expected of a beginning teacher. Immersion into teaching is gradual, permitting teacher candidates to assume increasing responsibility as they demonstrate proficiency.

The Community Field Experience (CFE) is a mandatory component of the BEd program. Based on the benefits of teaching and learning in a variety of contexts, this three-week experience is arranged in school and community sites. We hope teachers working in libraries, resource rooms, support centres and/or special education classrooms consider this opportunity.

The response we receive to placement requests is very much appreciated. The quality of the teachers who agree to host our teacher candidates, the energy they devote to the practicum, and their obvious commitment to The University of British Columbia’s teacher education program, is highly gratifying. Thank you for your help with, and continued support of, UBC’s secondary teacher education program.

2017/18 Practicum Timelines:



EDUC 315 – School Orientation Practicum:
One-day School Visits
October 2017 – December 2017 (Tuesdays)
EDUC 315 – School Orientation Practicum November 14, 2017 - November 24, 2017 (2 weeks)
EDUC 421D – Extended Practicum January 29, 2018 – April 20, 2018 (10 weeks)
EDUC 430 – Community Field Experience (CFE) April 23, 2018 – May 11, 2018 (3 weeks)

2018/19 Practicum Timelines:



EDUC 315 – School Orientation Practicum:
One-day School Visits
October 9, 2018 – November 6, 2018 (Tuesdays)
EDUC 315 – School Orientation Practicum November 13, 2018 - November 23, 2018 (2 weeks)
EDUC 421D – Extended Practicum January 28, 2019 – April 18, 2019 (10 weeks)
EDUC 430 – Community Field Experience (CFE) April 23, 2019 – May 10, 2019 (3 weeks)

Expression of Interest

We hope that everyone involved will discuss the names of interested teachers that are submitted. Teachers listed on the Expression of Interest application should be willing participants with a genuine interest in mentoring teacher candidates. They should fully realize the importance of their role in providing a classroom to allow the teacher candidate to instruct students, and as well, provide verbal feedback and written evaluation reports on a weekly basis. Finally, potential school advisors should be experienced instructors with a minimum of three to five years in the classroom.

Please bear in mind that we traditionally enroll large numbers of students in the subject areas of social studies, English and biology; interested teachers in these subject areas are especially encouraged to participate. Due to the specificity of the program, French Immersion placements are also in strong demand. Lastly, it should be noted that certain faculty departments such as math, science and home economics prefer their teacher candidates to be placed at schools with at least one other teacher candidate. Schools with greater numbers of potential school advisors (in those areas) have a better chance of receiving teacher candidates.

If there is any subject area (or areas) that you would especially like to have a teacher candidate in, please make a note of this in the “Additional Comments” section of the Expression of Interest. We will do our best to accommodate your wishes.


Community Field Experience (CFE)

After the 10-week Extended practicum, all students will proceed to a three-week Community Field Experience (EDUC 430). While the CFE is slated for many locations outside of the traditional school setting, it also offers many opportunities for potential placements within schools. Teachers who are interested in this experience may be working in special education, resource and skills, gifted education, library, project-based activities or other programs specific to your particular school (e.g., academies, outdoor education programs, etc.).

Additional information can be found on the CFE website.

CFE Expression of Interest Form

If CFE opportunities are available at your school, we would love to hear about them! More importantly, it is vitally important that our teacher candidates have the opportunity to find out about possible CFE placements at your school. With that in mind, we would greatly appreciate it if you (or the teacher(s) in charge of the particular CFE opportunity) would take a moment to complete the official CFE Expression of Interest (EOI) online form. Once this has been completed our incoming teacher candidates will all be able to visit our CFE website and read a little bit about the opportunities available to them prior to submitting their official choices for CFE placements.

Please submit a separate expression of interest form for every potential CFE opportunity at your school.

School Advisor Resources

In the past the UBC Teacher Education Office has provided all schools/school advisors with print copies of our handbooks, and CD resources. In the spirit of sustainability we moved all documentation to electronic format in 2014.

Bachelor of Education Program Policies and Guidelines

Bachelor of Education Program Practicum Guidelines

School Advisor Resource Blog

UBC Teacher Education Viewbook: