As part of the Bachelor of Kinesiology (BKin), Bachelor of Arts in Recreation, Sport & Tourism (BARST) or Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (BScKIN) degree, every student will be required to complete a practicum. This is a non-paid work experience program in which you are placed with an approved agency. The ideal practicum placement will provide you with a work experience that complements your pattern or concentration, previous work and volunteer history as well as your personal learning objectives.
A practicum is a course, often in a specialized field of study, that is designed to give students supervised practical application of a previously or concurrently studied theory.
The main purpose of the professional practicum is education; it is to be both a learning and working experience.
Geographic Location of Placements
Professional practicum students have completed their placements throughout Alberta, Canada, and around the world. However, most students choose a placement in Alberta and specifically within the greater Edmonton metropolitan area.
Many unique placements are offered outside of the Edmonton region, and students assigned to one of these should be prepared to re-locate during that term. Also, there may be limited practicum opportunities in the Edmonton region for certain types of experiences and you may be required to re-locate to secure a placement in your specific area.