Educational Support Field Placements

Return to the full Program Information

Mohawk College Educational Support (ES) students transfer theory from related college courses into practice while on field placement. Benefits of Mohawk ES placements are reciprocal; as our students actively participate and contribute at the placement site by supporting diverse learners, they are also developing the skills related to the ES role. Committed members of your school team have the opportunity to share professional experiences, insight, and feedback which shape future educator attitudes and promote best practices in the field.

While on placement, Mohawk ES students are encouraged to expand into a professional network, seek learning opportunities, to be accountable for their experience, and to acquire and demonstrate the necessary skills to participate in a school environment. Students will have the opportunity to complete placements in a variety of enrovonrments:

  • Elementary school
  • High school
  • Specialized setting
  • Public and Catholic school boards

While on placement, students are encouraged to expand their professional network, seek learning opportunities, be accountable for their experience, and to acquire and demonstrate the necessary skills to participate in a school environment. Field placements are unpaid and cannot be completed at your current employer. 

Students completing Educational Support - 747 will be required to attend 3 in-person field placements:

  • Placement 1 (EDUC10085)
  • Placement 2 (EDUC10086)
  • Placement 3 (EDUC10087)

Each placement is comprised of 132 hours of in-person completion (approximately 20 days of full-time attendance). Field placement hours may be worked on a full-time or part-time basis (1/2 days), as long as the schedule is acceptable to both you and your placement supervisor. Placement hours must be completed within the 14-week field placement session you register for.

Students interested in a Fast Track placement option, completing two placements consecutively in one semester, must be available 4-5 days a week. This option is not always available to students.

It may be possible for an agency to host a field placement student through remote work or during evening or weekend hours, however this type of schedule is not common. Students must be prepared to make themselves available on weekdays to complete their placements.

Fall Placement options:

  • Placement 1 - September through December
  • Placement 1 (Fast Track) - September through October
  • Placement 1 (Fast Track) - November through December
  • Placement 2 - September through December
  • Placement 2 (Fast Track) - September through October
  • Placement 2 (Fast Track) - November through December
  • Placement 3 - September through December
  • Placement 3 (Fast Track) - September through October
  • Placement 3 (Fast Track) - November through December

Winter Placement options:

  • Placement 1 - January through April
  • Placement 1 (Fast Track) - January through February
  • Placement 1 (Fast Track) - March through April
  • Placement 2 - January through April
  • Placement 2 (Fast Track) - January through February
  • Placement 2 (Fast Track) - March through April
  • Placement 3 - January through April
  • Placement 3 (Fast Track) - January through February
  • Placement 3 (Fast Track) - March through April

Spring placement options:

  • Placement 1 - May through August
  • Placement 1 (Fast Track) - May through June
  • Placement 1 (Fast Track) - July through August
  • Placement 2 - May through August
  • Placement 2 (Fast Track) - May through June
  • Placement 2 (Fast Track) - July through August
  • Placement 3 - May through August
  • Placement 3 (Fast Track) - May through June
  • Placement 3 (Fast Track) - July through August

Students completing Educational Support Intensive - 997 will be required to attend two in-person field placements:

  • Placement 1 (EDUC10085)
  • Placement 2 (EDUC10086)

Each placement is comprised of 132 hours of in-person completion (approximately 20 days of full-time attendance). Field placement hours may be worked on a full-time or part-time basis (1/2 days), as long as the schedule is acceptable to both you and your placement supervisor. Placement hours must be completed within the 14-week field placement session you register for.

Students interested in a Fast Track placement option, completing two placements consecutively in one semester, must be available 4-5 days a week. This option is not always available to students.

It may be possible for an agency to host a field placement student through remote work or during evening or weekend hours, however this type of schedule is not common. Students must be prepared to make themselves available on weekdays to complete their placements.

Fall Placement options:

  • Placement 1 - September through December
  • Placement 1 (Fast Track) - September through October
  • Placement 1 (Fast Track) - November through December
  • Placement 2 - September through December
  • Placement 2 (Fast Track) - September through October
  • Placement 2 (Fast Track) - November through December

Winter Placement options:

  • Placement 1 - January through April
  • Placement 1 (Fast Track) - January through February
  • Placement 1 (Fast Track) - March through April
  • Placement 2 - January through April
  • Placement 2 (Fast Track) - January through February
  • Placement 2 (Fast Track) - March through April

Spring placement options:

  • Placement 1 - May through August
  • Placement 1 (Fast Track) - May through June
  • Placement 1 (Fast Track) - July through August
  • Placement 2 - May through August
  • Placement 2 (Fast Track) - May through June
  • Placement 2 (Fast Track) - July through August

Following are the prerequisites for each of the placements:

Field Work Prerequisites:
Placement 1
EDUC10085
  •  EDUCEDE14 (Foundations of Education) or EDUC10075 (Placement Preparation) or SAFE10004 (Safety in An Educt'nl Setting)
  • current, valid police check
Placement 2
EDUC10086
  • EDUCEDE22 (Behav Mental Health Exception)
  • EDUC10085 (Placement 1) or EDUC10099 (Placement 1)
  • current, valid police check
Placement 3
EDUC10087

(only required for students in progam 747)

  •  EDUC10086 (Placement 2)
  • current, valid police check

Upon registration, students will be required to submit a Placement Request Form at https://www.mohawkcollege.ca/form/es-placement-request-form. Students will be expected to either have access to a car, public transportation or the ability to supply their own transportation while attending placements. Mohawk College is not be responsible for providing students with transportation to placements. An attempt to locate a placement close to your current location will be made, however requests cannot always be guaranteed.

  • Formal Police Clearance / Vulnerable Sector Screening (opens in new window). Registered students who have been convicted of an offence under the Criminal Code for which they have not been pardoned may be denied the opportunity to enter field placement. Costs associated with obtaining the police clearance are the responsibility of the student. The placement agency, school and/or school board are responsible for verifying that the police clearance is valid.

Police checks should be completed/valid prior to registering for placement and can take up to 8 weeks to be recieved once requested.

Students must be in compliance with Mohawk College’s placement policies and procedures which includes, but is not limited to confidentiality, WSIB procedures, liability release, student conduct, and placement selection.

Students are to conduct themselves in a professional manner while attending Field Placement. Students are expected to arrive to their scheduled shifts on time. If you anticipate an absence or late arrival, you must notify your supervisor immediately.  Much like employment, placements can be terminated if students are unable to conduct themselves in a professional and appropriate manner.

The Field Placement Specialist is available to students throughout the completion of their placements and provides the necessary resources, information, supervision, and guidance to support successful field placements. If you have any questions or concerns during the completion of your field placement hours, please contact your supervisor and the Field Placement Specialist.

PLARs provide students the ability to receive credit for prior work/education experience that cannot be given through credit transfers. Students with extensive experience in an Educational setting may be eligible to PLAR Field Placement 1 (EDUC10085) and or Field Placement 2 (EDUC10086). Contact ceeducation@mohawkcollege.ca for more information once accepted into the program.

For questions related to program completion or admissions, please contact ceeducation@mohawkcollege.ca.