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Frequently Asked Questions - Regarding Practicum and Challenge for Practicum Credit

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For full details regarding Practicum Documentation please visit the: Practicum Documentation Webpage

Some placements may require further screening and immunizations or additional security clearance beyond those noted above. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that any additional requirements are completed. Students are also responsible for covering any associated costs. 

Students are not permitted to do Practicum in a facility or program where they are currently or were previously employed.  Students must disclose this information when completing the practicum placement form or when assigned their placement at the mandatory meeting.

You register for practicum as you would any other CHYS Course.  There are currently 4 levels of Practicum:  CHYS 2251, CHYS 3351, CHYS 3352 and CHYS 4451.  You are encouraged to register for practicum early as placement hosts are limited and CAP numbers don't always reflect the spots available. 

Only those students who have enrolled in all distance courses the term prior to undertaking practicum and the term while in practicum are permitted to complete their practicum via distance.  On-Campus Students who return home during the summer months are not permitted to complete their practicum via distance.

Yes!  All students (with the exception of Distance Students) are required to attend the mandatory practicum meeting.  Exceptions will only be made for those students with extenuating circumstances. You MUST contact the Practicum Coordinator, Susan Adams <MSVU.CA> prior to the meeting to inform her of your absence.

During the meeting we will discuss, professional conduct, student expectations, confidentiality, and Supervisor roles. You will also meet your MSVU Practicum Supervisor and learn the location of your Practicum Placement.

Students may not enrol in other daytime classes on practicum days.  Evening classes are permitted as long as your practicum is finished prior to the start of your evening class.

Practicum is restricted to students enroled in the Bachelor of Arts (CYS) degree. Students complete supervised practicum placements in a variety of community-based programs and services for children, youth and families. These practica are completed on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the fall and winter academic terms, or as four-week block placements (Monday to Friday) during Summer Session. Students may not enrol in other daytime classes on practica days. 

More information regarding Practicum can be found HERE.

Before any placement, students must meet the following prerequisites:

  1. a CGPA of 2.0 or higher at the end of the academic term prior to the practicum experience.
  2. completion of all prerequisites for the practicum for which they intend to register.
  3. all PRACTICUM DOCUMENTATION must be in order.

No.  On-campus Students are not permitted to arrange practicum placements.  As a department we have developed very close relationships with our Placement Hosts in a varied number of settings across the Halifax area.  Placement locations include Halifax, Dartmouth, Eastern Passage, Sackville, Clayton Park Bedford, Spryfield and Hammonds Plaines - just to name a few. 

Distance Students studying outside greater Halifax must contact the Practicum Coordinator 5 weeks prior to the start of term to arrange placement.

At least 5 weeks prior to the start of term, Distance Students enrolled CHYS 2251 are asked to approach 2-3 licensed early childhood settings to see if they would be willing to host a practicum student. You then need to provide the Practicum Coordinator (msvu.ca) with the contact information and the name of the contact person at each site. The Practicum Coordinator reviews each host to determine the suitability of the site.  The process is similar for all other practica, contact the Practicum Coordinator for guidance.

Distance students are NOT required to attend the mandatory meeting.  It is important to note that a virtual meeting including practicum materials is circulated for review & signature prior to the scheduled meeting date.

Placement information forms are sent to students via email months before the start of term.  When enrolled in practicum it is critical to monitor your @MSVU.CA email address on a regular basis.  

For lower level practica (CHYS 2251, 3351) you are asked to provide information such as your home location, your means of transportation and previous practicum experience (if applicable).  Students are matched with Placement Hosts based on the information provided.

In upper level practica (CHYS 3352, 4451) students are provided with a list of available Placement Hosts and are given the opportunity to list three Placement locations of interest to them.  We try very hard to match students with their expressed interests, however, the final decision of placement is made by the Practicum Coordinator.  Depending on a Students career path, completing two practica in a similar setting (ex. early childhood) may be possible.

Students requiring placement interviews or additional documentation (such has health screening tests) are contacted prior to the start of practicum with instruction. Again, this information is sent via email and it is impetrative to monitor your @MSVU.CA email, when enrolled in practicum, even during the summer months.

Students who have requisite work and/or education experience can undertake a practica challenge for credit. As of Fall 2015 Students who have received 11 units of transfer credit are ineligible to challenge for further credits as per university regulations. A maximum of 2 Practicum credits [1.0 unit] can be received through Challenge for Credit – this includes credits received by PLAR [Prior Learning Assessment] at another institution.

Prior to any practicum challenge, all students MUST successfully complete at least one CHYS practicum under the Department’s supervision.  Additional details can be found below:

When you contact the Practicum Coordinator or your MSVU Faculty Practicum Supervisor always include your full name, your student ID number and the Practicum you are registered (or plan to register) in. 

Issues that arise when in Practicum should be brought forward to your MSVU Faculty Practicum Supervisor.  Questions regarding upcoming Practicum should be directed to