Experiential learning is embedded within EDS courses. Students have a chance to hone their leadership skills as they participate in field placements, community engagement activities and explore inclusivity and diversity within an instructional framework.
Field Placements: This is a short-term practical experience working in the field. Field placements are usually around 20 hours long and are offered as course components such as assignments. While embedded within the course itself, some placements may also be self-selected by students.
Internships: These are typically 100-hour placements in either a school or a corporate environment.
Research Opportunity Programs (ROPs): These are opportunities to work on research projects under teaching faculty at the university for one or both terms of the academic year. ROPs are offered as courses and count towards credits required for graduating.
The Education Studies minor offers 160+ hours of domestic, international and virtual field placement and internship opportunities designed to help students develop and apply their leadership skill in a professional environment as they work as creative problem solvers and put their theoretical knowledge to practical use.
Education Studies Students Interning in a school in Weifang, China
EDS provides opportunities for students to participate in paid and unpaid work through our internship and Learning Academy programs. Examples include volunteering in a newcomer Canadian and Syrian Refugee support program, tutoring students one-on-one, working in a Saturday language program, and/or working in a TA or research position with EDS.
Valued Internship Partners of EDS Include:
- The Peel Board of Education
- The Halton Board of Education
- Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Aspire Tutoring
- Enertech Capital
- Syrian Canadian
- The City of Mississauga
- UTM Early Learning Centre
- The Toronto District School Board
- The Halton Catholic District School Board
Language Conversation Circles
EDS runs a variety of programs on campus in partnership with other divisions at UTM. Join us for our Fall/Winter Learning Conversation Circles.