Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Practicum Model

ECE PracticumThree practica are integrated into the ECE Diploma program. Each semester, ECE students are placed in practica where theory and pedagogy learned in course work is put into practice. A unique component of the TRU ECE program is the on-campus collaboration with Cariboo Child Care, a nonprofit society. For the first and second practicum, ECE students participate in the 3-5 year old program (24 children) at Cariboo Child Care and the student run Children’s Program (24 children) held in the dedicated ECE classrooms (AE30/304).

For the third practicum, ECE students are placed in a full-day or half-day early childhood program in the Kamloops region for an extended period on time.

A critical component of practicum is the opportunity to transfer learning from the on-campus experiences to another early childhood program. ECE students observe or participate in a community setting in each of the three practica in the ECE diploma.

In the Special Needs Educator post-diploma certificate practicum, students fully participate in a licensed community early childhood program with a licensed ECE. Students may also have the opportunity to job shadow a community professional as a component of practicum.

In the Infant and Toddler Educator post-diploma certificate practicum, students fully participate in 2 licensed community infant and toddler programs under the direct supervision of experienced Infant and Toddler Educators.

The Practicum Experience — Children's Program