Directed Field Studies

Directed Field Studies

Real world experiences

The directed field studies component is one of the strengths of the applied degree program in Child Studies. The DFS will be an exciting and challenging part of your education. The two employer-paid, four-month work terms give you an opportunity to gain experience, make contacts and apply classroom theory on the job.

Getting the right opportunity

Career Services works closely with you and employers to find placements and monitor your work experience. You will also complete assignments and other reports to fulfill the academic requirements of these 15-credit DFS courses.

Directed Field Study examples

You may find yourself in a large community agency or an early prevention program; in a family resource centre offering parenting education and early literacy; in a school or residential facility for children or adolescents; or in a government agency dealing with child and family support, education and welfare. Examples of previous DFS placements include:

  • Aspen Family Services
  • Boys and Girls Club Community Services
  • Calgary Catholic Immigration Society
  • Calgary Urban Project Society
  • Camp Chief Hector
  • Canada Olympic Park
  • City of Airdrie
  • Davar Child Care Society
  • Enviros Wilderness School
  • Family and Community Support Services
  • Harvest Child and Family Services
  • Hull Child and Family Services
  • Humble Horse Equine Therapy Program
  • KidZinc Out of School Care
  • Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta
  • Mount Royal College Child Care Centre
  • Mount Royal College Kids Program
  • New Heights Children's Centre
  • Providence Children's Centre
  • Town of Canmore
  • Town of Chestermere: South East Rocky View
  • University of Calgary Child Care Centre
  • YMCA Calgary

If you are a student and would like to learn more about directed field studies in the Bachelor of Applied Child Studies program, visit Career Services for Students.

If you are an employer considering hiring a student for a paid work term (directed field study), visit Career Services for Employers for more information.

International study

In addition to opportunities with Calgary-based agencies, there may be international directed field study (practicum) opportunities. To find out more please contact the Department of Child and Youth Studies directly.

There are also other international education options open to you.