Practicum

Bachelor of Health and Physical Education practicum

This information is pertinent to students in the Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership (ETOL), Physical Literacy (PL) and Sport and Recreation Management (SR) majors. Students in the Athletic Therapy (AT) major follow a different model. To learn more about the Athletic Therapy major practicum model please click here.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Glossary
What is the Bachelor of Health and Physical Education (HPED) practicum program?

When do I take HPED 2050?
What does practical shadowing and observation mean for HPED 2050 - Professional Practice?
If the first practicum (HPED 2050) is an observational experience, what will I do in HPED 3050?
Can I have prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) for either practicum course?

WHERE TO START…

When will the practicum courses be offered?
Can I be paid at my practicum placement?
Can I do a practicum outside of Calgary?
What will be my expenses and fees?
How will I notify my Practicum Coordinator that I want to do my practicum?
How do I prepare for my practicum experience?

WHAT'S NEXT...

How will I secure a HPED 2050 practicum placement?
How will I secure a HPED 3050 practicum placement?
What do I do if I need accommodations at the placement?
What do I do if I'm feeling unsafe, overwhelmed or having a negative experience at my placement?
Can I be fired from my placement?
I have more questions, who do I contact for more information?


GENERAL INFORMATION

Glossary

Agency: an organization that provides students with a supervised practicum experience.

Agency Contact: a representative from the Agency that ensures all policies and procedures are followed between MRU and the agency. This representative could fulfill the role of practicum agency supervisor as well.

Practicum Coordinator: the MRU staff member that manages all practicum placements. They are the liaison between the practicum agency and the student. The Practicum Coordinator establishes a relationship with the agency and helps determine if a position is appropriate and that it aligns with the program's learning objectives. Once approval has been given for a particular position, the Practicum Coordinator will advertise the position to the students. The Practicum Coordinator also approves the practicum placements that students bring forward. This person also ensures compliance with all administrative policies and procedures.

Practicum Agency Supervisor: the student's direct supervisor within the agency. This person agrees to support the student in a supervisory and mentoring capacity. They will orientate, direct and assess the student on a regular basis. This includes assessing the student's performance within their role, completing evaluations and reviewing these evaluations with the student.

Practicum Instructor: the Faculty member responsible for student assignments and evaluating the student experience for the duration of the placement. The role of the instructor is to assimilate all theory taken to date in the program and ensure the student attempts to engage with it in their practicum site. Making the link between theory and practice will take collaboration between the instructor, student and practicum agency supervisor. Students will receive personalized support from their practicum instructor which ranges from academic guidance to career coaching. Back to Top

What is the Bachelor of Health and Physical Education (HPED) practicum program?

The foundation to all practicum experiences within the BHPE is HPED 2050 - Professional Practice. All students in all Majors (Athletic Therapy, Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership, Physical Literacy and Sport and Recreation Management) take this course in their second year of the degree. As noted in the course description below this course is a blended course that will address various professional practice topics through assignments with a total of 52 hours of practical shadowing and observation within an approved agency.

HPED 2050 - Professional Practice
(3 credits) 2 hours lecture, 52 hours practicum
There are common knowledge, skills and abilities required to enter the
workplace in the health and physical education discipline across all majors
in the Health and Physical Education Degree. This course will consist of two
components. The first component will entail a review of common theory across
disciplines including: professionalism, ethical behaviour, business practice,
interdisciplinary communication, conflict management and confidentiality.
The second component of this course will entail a practical shadowing and
observation in each student's discipline.
Prerequisites: Health and Physical Education 1000 and 1020

Upon completion of HPED 2050, students in the Physical Literacy (PL), Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership (EL) and Sport and Recreation Management (SR) majors are required to complete a second practicum course, HPED 3050 - Practicum. This course is usually completed in the third or fourth year of the degree. As noted in the course description below, 160 hours are required with an approved agency.

HPED 3050 - Practicum
(3 credits) 1 hour lecture, 160 hours practicum
This is a formal industry experience with an assigned organization in the
health, ecotourism & outdoor leadership, sport, recreation, and/or physical
activity industries. Participants will be required to participate in the specified
hours of practicum and to complete assignments. Students will be accepted
into the practicum upon completion of the course prerequisites or consent of
the department chair.
Prerequisites: Health and Physical Education 2030 and 2050

Students in the Athletic Therapy (AT) major will complete HPED 2050 - Professional Practice and then move onto Athletic Therapy specific clinical and field placements. For more information on the Athletic Therapy practicum model please click here. Back to Top

When do I take HPED 2050?It is recommended that in your first year you take 1000-level courses. Once you have completed these introductory courses you will have the skills to approach 2000 and 3000 level courses. Another factor to keep in mind is that HPED 2050 has two prerequisite courses, HPED 1000 - Issues in Health and Physical Education and HPED 1020 - Leadership and Communication. Therefore you cannot take this course until you have completed these two requirements. You have the option of completing this course in any semester: Fall, Winter, Spring/Summer. Back to top

What does practical shadowing and observation mean for HPED 2050 - Professional Practice?

The practical component of HPED 2050 will require you to do 52 hours of job shadowing and observation. Paris and Mason describe what this means.

Paris and Mason (1995) define job shadowing:
"Job Shadowing is a work experience option where students learn about a job by walking through the work day as a shadow to a competent worker. The job shadowing work experience is a temporary, unpaid exposure to the workplace in an occupational area of interest to the student. Students witness firsthand the work environment,employability and occupational skills in practice, the value of professional training and potential career options. Job shadowing is designed to increase career awareness, help model student behavior through examples and reinforce in the student the link between classroom learning and work requirements. Almost any workplace is a potential job shadowing site." Back to Top

If the first practicum is an observational experience, what will I do in HPED 3050 - Practicum?

This is a 160 hour practicum experience therefore you are expected to play an active role but keeping in mind that this is a learning opportunity. You should be treated as a member of the team with more independence than you were given in your first practicum experience (HPED 2050 - Professional Practice). This is your opportunity to put into practice what you have learned in the classroom. The exact details of the position would be at the discretion of the agency contingent on alignment with the learning objectives of the program. The job description would define your role and expectations. Back to Top

Can I have prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) for either practicum course?

No, the department will not recognize prior learning and/or work experience PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition) for either HPED 2050 or HPED 3050. Back to Top

WHERE TO START…

When will the practicum courses be offered?
HPED 2050 and HPED 3050 are offered in every semester: Fall (Sept-Dec), Winter (Jan-April), Spring/Summer (May - August). Students cannot do HPED 2050 in the spring and HPED 3050 in the summer of the same year. The student must complete all practicum requirements, including the hours, within the semester of registration. All hours must be completed within the semester timelines. Back to Top


Can I be paid at my practicum placement?
HPED 2050 and HPED 3050 are unpaid practicums. Expenses that are incurred by the student may be reimbursed by the organization. Back to Top

Can I do a practicum outside of Calgary?
Yes, you can seek practicum opportunities in Canada as well as internationally. If you are interested in pursuing international practicum opportunities you are required to follow the procedures outlined by International Education. To initiate the process you simply reply yes to doing an international practicum on your declaration of intent to do a practicum. You will work closely with your Practicum Coordinator to have your placement approved and the Coordinator of International Education to have your international experience approved


The deadlines for students to submit a Declaration of Intent for International Work Experience are as follows:

  • Summer Placement February 15th
  • Fall Placement March 15th
  • Winter Placement October 15th

A resource that comes highly recommended for an international practicum iswww.myworldabroad.com/mtroyal Back to Top

What will be my expenses and fees?
By starting to plan early, you can be financially prepared for your practicum experience.

Expenses include:

  • Practicum course fees
  • Relocation expenses which are incurred by the student who completes a practicum placement in a town or city outside of Calgary.
    • Travel expenses to and from their practicum site (many practicum placements will require the use of a vehicle)
    • Paying rent on a different place to live for four months
  • International placements
    • Visas and work permits
    • Flights
    • Travel insurance
    • Accommodation
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How will I notify my Practicum Coordinator that I want to do my practicum?

You will need to notify your Practicum Coordinator of your intention to do a practicum course by completing the Practicum Course - Declaration of Intent form. This declaration form will be made available to you by email to your mtroyal.ca address at the start of every semester, one semester prior to doing the course. This notification ensures that you will receive further support and communication regarding your placement in the months prior to the start of your practicum. The deadlines for each semester are:

  • October 1st for Winter practicum
  • February 1st for Spring/Summer practicum
  • March 15th for Fall practicum

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How do I prepare for my practicum experience?

The prerequisite courses required to do HPED 2050 are HPED 1000 - Issues in Health and Physical Education and HPED 1020 - Leadership and Communication. The prerequisite courses for HPED 3050 are HPED 2030 - Statistics and Research Methods and HPED 2050 - Professional Practice. Back to Top



WHAT'S NEXT...

How will I secure a HPED 2050 practicum placement Once you have declared your intent to do HPED 2050, you can review three documents on the Health and Physical Education Blackboard site under the tab "Practicum Prep". The presentations are called, "How To Find Your Placement", "Next Steps After Finding Your Placement" and "Final Steps After Finding Your Placement". Please read the three documents so that you understand the whole sequence of steps for your practicum.

After you review all three documents you have two options available to you.

Option 1 Check out the practicum placements on the Health and Physical Education blackboard site in the Semester Specific Placements, Placements, and Volunteer Opportunities folders . You will be able to view position details and submit your resume to the organization (or as specified in the posting). The agency receives the resume package, selects interview candidates and may or may not accept you dependent on the interview.

Option 2 You are encouraged to seek and secure a placement to your individual area of interest and career goals by networking and self marketing. The Practicum Coordinator will assist and support you as needed and supply marketing materials as requested.

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How will I secure a HPED 3050 practicum placement?Once you have declared your intent to do HPED 3050, you can review three documents on the Health and Physical Education Blackboard site under the tab "Practicum Prep". The presentations are called, "How To Find Your Placement", "Next Steps After Finding Your Placement", and "Final Steps After Finding Your Placement". Please read all three documents so that you understand the whole sequence of steps for your practicum.


Option 1 Check out the practicum placements on the Health and Physical Education blackboard site in the Semester Specific Placements, Placements, and Volunteer Opportunities folders. You will be able to view position details and submit your resume to the organization (or as specified in the posting). The agency receives the resume package, selects interview candidates and may or may not accept you dependent on the interview. It is best to apply to more than one opportunity at a time.

Option 2 You are encouraged to seek and secure a practicum to your individual area of interest and career goals by networking and self marketing to secure a position. The Practicum Coordinator will assist and support you as needed and supply marketing materials as requested.

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What do I do if I need accommodations at the placement?

If you require accommodation at your placement then you should inform your Practicum Coordinator of your needs. She will work with you so that arrangements can be made. Be assured that your Practicum Coordinator cannot disclose personal information to an agency without written consent by you.

Guidelines for Students Who Experience Disabilities is available through your Practicum Coordinator. Back to Top


What do I do if I'm feeling unsafe, overwhelmed or having a negative experience at my placement?
Your first step is to leave the situation immediately and communicate with your Practicum Coordinator and your Practicum Instructor. They can help you with conflict management, communication and a possible exit strategy if the situation warrants it. Dissatisfaction impacts performance therefore it is crucial to address this early. Exiting a work placement or being fired can put into jeopardy your ability to complete the practicum course with the minimum grade of C required. Back to Top

Can I be fired from my placement?
Yes, you can be fired from your practicum placement. To offset the risk, we encourage our agency supervisors to communicate early and often to you if you are not meeting expectations. Your Practicum Coordinator and Instructor are available to help you understand the feedback you receive and make the necessary changes to complete your placement in a positive way. Back to Top

I have more questions, who do I contact for more information?
Your Practicum Coordinator is a member of the Department of Health and Physical Education. You can email hpedpracticum@mtroyal.ca or book an appointment via our online booking system. Back to Top