Undergraduate Programs

Academic and Prerequisites

Quality Practicum Experiences

The Faculty approves only those practicum placements that provide a quality learning and educational experience, and are sufficiently flexible to meet individual student learning objectives.

The Faculty also expects that the agency supervisor where you’ll do your practicum will:
  • Have appropriate qualifications
  • Provide day-to-day guidance and supervision in an environment that inspires and promotes learning
  • Provide an opportunity for you to observe and learn about the whole organisation, beyond your job description

You’re expected to ask questions, research specific areas thoroughly, and be fully engaged in your practicum to fulfill your seminar and assignment requirements.

All students in the Faculty of Physical Education & Recreation will enroll in their respective practicum courses (BARST – RLS 441/449, BKin & BScKin – KIN 490/492 or 491/493) during their final year of study. It's important for you to acquire as much related experience as you can during your university tenure. 

Students will be required to withdraw if you do not meet the academic expectations of your degree program and are required to withdraw, your practicum will be cancelled until you are permitted to continue with your undergraduate program

Degree specific prerequisites below:

  • BARST
    The professional practicum experience offers a wide range of opportunities in many occupational fields. Students are encouraged to begin considering possible practicum areas of interest in years two and three of their program. Pre-requisite course work may be required for specific practicum placements within your undergraduate degree. Please see your academic advisor for more information on planning your practicum experience.

    - Academic courses - RLS 441 (Practicum Seminar -3 credits) and RLS 449 (Professional Practicum- 12 credits), taken concurrently, are limited to BARST students and are required courses in the degree program

    - Agency Administration Fee - $200 per student. The agency is expected to pay the fee once the practicum has commenced.

  • BKin
    In your second year of study, you will select an area of concentration. You will have both required courses as well as optional courses to complete. 
     

    The majority of practicum placements are for full time students. Students seeking part time placements will need to do research on which agencies will take students less than full time. In particular, most agencies in the exercise therapy and exercise rehabilitation area will ONLY accept full time students.

    - If you would like a practicum placement in exercise rehabilitation (either in a rehabilitation clinic or physiotherapy clinic) there are specific pre-requisite courses that must be completed as well as fitness certifications.
    - Academic Course: KIN 490(6 credits) or KIN 492 (9 credit) and KIN 491 (12 credits) or KIN 493 (15 credit) are limited to BKin and BScKin students. KIN 490/492 & 491/493 include the work experience component, the seminars, and the written assignments. The course is graded on a pass/fail basis. No stanine grade is awarded. BKin cannot receive credit for both KIN 490/492 and KIN 491/493 and cannot enroll in KIN 490/492 more than once.
    - Students enrolled in KIN 490/492 may take up to 3 other 3 credit courses concurrently with the practicum however approval MUST be received from the Practicum Supervisor first.
    - It is strongly discouraged for student enrolled in KIN 491/493 to enroll in a 3 credit course concurrently with their practicum. If the student still wishes to add an additional course, approval must be received from the Practicum Supervisor first.
    - Agency Administration Fees - KIN 491/493 (full-time practicum) $ 200 per student, KIN 490/492 (half-time practicum) $100 per student, to be paid by the Agency
  • BScKin
    You will have both required courses as well as a selection of other courses to complete, including courses with designated lab hours, to be eligible for certification in the Alberta Kinesiology Association upon graduation. If you would like a practicum placement in exercise rehabilitation (either in a rehabilitation clinic or a private physiotherapy clinic) there are specific pre-requisite courses that must be completed. Fitness certifications may also be required. 

    It is strongly advised that BScKin students wanting community-based practicums consider completing full time practicums. There are many agencies that will not accept half time placement students. In particular, most agencies in the exercise therapy and exercise rehabilitation area cannot accept half time students since students must be available on a full time basis in order to work with their clientele. 

    - Academic Course: KIN 490(6 credits) or KIN 492 (9 credit) and KIN 491 (12 credits) or KIN 493 (15 credit) are limited to BKin and BScKin students. KIN 490/492 & 491/493 include the work experience component, the seminars, and the written assignments. The course is graded on a pass/fail basis. No stanine grade is awarded. BKin cannot receive credit for both KIN 490/492 and KIN 491/493 and cannot enroll in KIN 490/492 more than once.
    - Students enrolled in KIN 490/492 may take up to 3 other 3 credit courses concurrently with the practicum however approval MUST be received from the Practicum Supervisor first.
    - It is strongly discouraged for student enrolled in KIN 491/493 to enroll in a 3 credit course concurrently with their practicum. If the student still wishes to add an additional course, approval must be received from the Practicum Supervisor first.
    - Agency Administration Fees - KIN 491/493 (full-time practicum) $ 200 per student, KIN 490/492 (half-time practicum) $100 per student, to be paid by the Agency