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Psychology 4000: Practicum

Practicum Student

This course is designed to introduce students to the workplace, research settings and possible entry-level jobs after graduation. Students work under the supervision of both the employer/host and a Kwantlen supervisor, undertaking projects that enable them to apply the academic knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. (Click here to check one of the Practicum Presentations)

The Practicum is completed in the summer, ideally in the student’s final year of their degree.

Prerequisites: Both (a) 72 credits from courses at the 1100 level or higher, including 9 credits from PSYC courses at the 3000 level or higher, and (b) the permission of the Practicum Instructor.

Important Information for Students

  • If you are a BSc or BAA student, your degree completion requires you to complete a part-time practicum during the summer term. Practicum is not offered during any other term.
  • Students usually take one or two other courses at the most along with their Practicum course.
  • BA Students may also complete a practicum as an optional course.
  • For information about prerequisites please contact the Practicum Supervisor Kurt Penner at Kurt.Penner@kpu.ca
  • Planning for Practicum usually begins at least four months ahead of the summer semester, ideally earlier.
  • You are expected to be at your practicum site working with your employer host from the 1st week of May.

Practicum positions include:

  • A required minimum of 180 work hours for the employer (recommended maximum 220);
  • Part-time or full-time work, at the convenience of the employer and student;
  • Unpaid work (with some exceptions);
  • Work between the beginning of May and early August;
  • A workplace meeting between the faculty supervisor and employer/host supervisor;
  • A brief feedback evaluation by the employer/host supervisor;
  • Three (3) class meetings during the semester;
  • Weekly online reports, and a final oral & written report.

Timeline for Students

  1. Attend a Practicum Information Session (usually November or January).
  2. Complete a Practicum Application Questionnaire (open by November).
  3. Upload a copy of your Resume/CV. For improving your resume, visit KPU’s Career Services website to follow up on resume review options.
  4. Attend an individual meeting with the Practicum Supervisor Kurt Penner (to be scheduled after receiving Practicum Application Questionnaire).
  5. Participate in search and screening activities for a potential practicum position