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Teacher Candidate Profiles


School Boards

You may select your preferred school board from among a number of Ontario school boards; we work with more than 40 boards across the province. Note that each board has their own pre-placement requirements (ex. health and safety training, confidentiality waivers, etc.) that Teacher Candidates must complete prior to the start of their placement.

Associate Teachers

We attempt to ensure an excellent practicum experience for you by placing you only with Associate Teachers who have been recommended by their principals. You may not select your own Associate Teacher or arrange your own placement.

Practicum Placement

Provincial legislation requires that you teach in each of the divisions for which you are to be certified (primary & junior, junior & intermediate, or intermediate & senior). Although it is not required that you teach in each of your teachable areas, we do our best to find you placements in both your teachables. (Please note that we may not place candidates in French First Language schools/school boardsas outlined in the Ontario College of Teachers Regulations.)

  1. Primary-Junior: At least one placement in JK-grade 3 (Primary), and one in grades 4-6 (Junior).

  2. Junior-Intermediate: At least one placement in grades 4-6 (Junior), and one in grades 7-8 (Intermediate) in the teachable area if possible. Placements in grades 9 and 10 (Intermediate) may be made if Associate Teachers are available.

  3. Intermediate-Senior: At least one placement in grades 7-10 (Intermediate) and one in grades 11-12 (Senior), with one in each of the teachable areas if possible.

Police Background Check

Neither Western University nor the Faculty of Education requires a Police Record Check as a condition of admission. However, a Police Record Check which includes Vulnerable Position Screening and is acceptable to our school board partners is required before you can be placed in a school.

 If information appears on your police record check that is unacceptable to school boards, we will be unable to place you for practicum and you will be required to withdraw from the program.

  • We recommend that you begin the process to obtain your first police check in June, to ensure that your completed check is valid for the program's first placement block.

  • Some school boards consider a police check expired after 6 months; some after 12 months. We recommend all Candidates provide us with an updated police check every August and again every December to ensure their police checks are valid for all fall and spring placement blocks.

  • Submit a copy of your completed police check to the Teacher Education office by the first day of classes in September.

  • Failure to submit your police check on time may result in your practicum placement being delayed. We are unable to release placement details if a valid police check is not on file.

Teacher Candidate Responsibilities

  1. Transportation: You are responsible for your own transportation. We will do our best to place you in your preferred school board and in a part of that board that is accessible via public transit, but we cannot guarantee you a convenient placement; your commute could be as long as 90 minutes. Further, not all schools are accessible via public transit and you may need to car-pool or find another way to get to your school. Transportation is your responsibility.

  2. Time Commitment: The practicum requires a full-time commitment, typically from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 or 4:30 p.m. in secondary schools, and from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in elementary schools. If you are not in your classroom at least 15 minutes before the start of the class—you are late.

  3. Homework: Be prepared to devote your evenings to making notes and writing reflections about your daily experiences in your PPR—and to lesson planning. This is huge. Teaching, even on practicum, is a full-time job. Do not expect to leave school early or to be assigned a light teaching load in order to accommodate a part-time job.

  4. Plan Ahead: Plan now for any special arrangements you may need during practicum concerning living accommodations, child care, part-time job schedules, transportation, library access, and so on. 

  5. Be Flexible: Arranging practicum placements is a complex process in partnership with school boards, principals, and teachers. We can make no guarantees beyond ensuring that you receive placements to fulfill the requirements of your program and the requirements for OCT certification.

  6. Stay Informed: Read the Practical Handbook (PDF) and Practicum Policies . Ignorance of policies, rules, and guidelines could cost you your success in the program.

Practicum Office Responsibilities

  1. Placement: We will find a placement for you that fulfills the requirements of your program and the requirements for certification by the Ontario College of Teachers. In Year 1, it is common (but not guaranteed) for Associate Teachers to host two Teacher Candidates who can work together on planning and teaching, allowing you to ease into taking on more and more teaching responsibility. You will usually receive notice about your practicum placement about 2 weeks before the start of the practicum block

  2. Faculty Advisor Support: Joanne Lombardi is your Faculty Advisor. Take any questions or concerns you might have about your practicum to her. During the practicum, she may appoint a Practicum Consultant to support you with an on-site school visit.

InPlace Access

Be sure to use the correct URL to access your InPlace account:

If you have difficulty logging in to InPlace, please ensure that your browser is up to date. Supported browsers include Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.

Log in with your Western ID and password.
Note: your username DOES NOT include the extension.

If you continue to have InPlace access issues, please contact Joanne Lombardi

Alternative Field Experience

What is the AFE?

The Alternate Field Experience (AFE) is an experiential learning opportunity that allows Teacher Candidates (TCs) to gain real-life practical experience in diverse educational settings (i.e., non-profit organizations, tutoring agencies, private schools, post-secondary institutions, summer camps, and beyond).  The AFE opportunity is distinctly different than the practicum placement as it does not involve OCT classroom teaching.  It complements the practicum component of the Teacher Education program by encouraging TCs to investigate education in its various forms and by enhancing soft skills, which sets TCs up for success in their future teaching career.  TCs have a unique opportunity to apply the concepts and theories they are studying in the BEd program to real world challenges, thus enriching their knowledge of the broader community and the diverse impact of their BEd degree.  During their AFEs, TCs are encouraged to explore their teaching interests, establish connections in their respective communities, investigate alternate career paths, and develop transferrable skills to better support students in their future classrooms.

All TCs are expected to complete a total of 210 AFE hours, a rough equivalent of the required number of practicum days (80+) in the Teacher Education program.  

TCs will have completed the following two courses upon successfully finishing two AFE opportunities (one 90-hour opportunity and one 120-hour opportunity, for a total of 210 hours):

  1. EDUC 5025Q Alternative Field Experience I: A field placement or research or leadership project, in support of specialty courses (.25 credit).
  2. EDUC 5026S Alternative Field Experience II: A field placement or research or leadership project, in support of specialty courses, or, with approval, another aspect of teacher development (.25 credit).

AFE Requirements

  • To qualify as an AFE, an experience should be:

    • A valuable learning experience with substantive responsibility
    • Related to teacher candidate’s professional goals
    • Related to the field of education
    • With a supervisor who will provide consistent guidance and supervision
    • Paid or volunteer (volunteer placements require a placement agreement to be established prior to the placement start date)
    • Either a 90-hour experience (on-site or virtual) or a 120-hour experience (on-site), for a total of 210 hours
    • Not replacing an OCT; uncertified teaching (such as emergency supply) cannot qualify for AFE
    • Domestic or international (check with the Program Coordinator, Jeren Balayeva-Sawyer at
    • Managed and tracked through InPlace
    • One AFE opportunity must be related to the Teacher Candidate's specialty (e.g., International Education, Urban Education, STEM, etc.) 


Teacher Candidates are responsible for securing their own AFEs.  We encourage TCs to explore grades or subjects they are unfamiliar with, as the AFE process encourages TCs to engage with teaching and education beyond the role of traditional classroom teacher.  

AFE Format and Timelines

  • In-person or remote (*remote opportunities are limited to 90 hours)

  • Paid or volunteer (*a placement agreement is required for all volunteer opportunities)

  • 210 hours total (90 hours for EDUC 5025Q and 120 hours for EDUC 5026S)*

  • Teacher Candidates can divide their 210 AFE hours across a maximum of two experiences - one of 90 hours and the other one of 120 hours
  • One AFE opportunity has to be related to the Teacher Candidate's specialty (e.g., International Education, Urban Education, STEM, etc.) 

For the Class of 2025, the timelines are the following:

  • Completed full-time in the summer and the two designated AFE blocks: December 2-20, 2024 and March 31-April 25, 2025 (part-time opportunities completed at your own pace between November 11, 2023 and April 25, 2025 might be accomodated upon request)

For the Class of 2026, the timelines are the following:

  • There is a designated block from June 25, 2025 – August 13, 2025 for Teacher Candidates to complete their AFE. There is no course work or classes during this time, so Teacher Candidates can work full time to complete their required AFE hours. If Teacher Candidates are wanting to work at one of the designated school boards, they may do so part-time from January 13, 2025 – June 24, 2025

Teacher Candidates are responsible for securing their own AFEs. We encourage Teacher Candidates to explore grades or subjects they’re unfamiliar with; work with school resource personnel or specialist teachers; or join non-profit organizations or community centres.

AFE-Approved Schools and School Boards

You are encouraged to set up your AFE opportunities at schools, but you must ensure that you are working outside of the traditional classroom teaching role.  This will encourage the development of a deeper understanding of the world of education by exploring different strengths and interests. For example, in a traditional school, you could work with school resource personnel, specialist teachers, librarians, etc. 

For the class of 2026, if you want an AFE experience at one of the designated school boards, you may do so part-time from January 13, 2025 – June 24, 2025 – but the AFE cannot happen during the practicum block. The candidate can accumulate AFE hours from January to the start of practicum, then again after practicum until the end of June.

Candidates who select an AFE within a school during this time block must be placed in a setting that does not replicate practicum. A school-based AFE cannot be the same as a practicum and involve direct classroom teaching. We encourage candidates to find school-based AFEs such as:

- special education rooms or resource centres with learning support teachers
- completely different divisions than they are enrolled in - e.g., a PJ candidate goes to a secondary school
- subject areas that we can’t offer as teaching subjects - e.g., Business, Computer, Tech/Shop, Art, Drama, Cosmetology
- coaching, school teams, school productions, volunteering for school food programs, etc.

*Direct teaching – supply teaching or transitional teaching – DOES NOT qualify for an AFE.

Western has current placement agreements with the following schools/school boards for AFE purposes (these are different from the boards for your practicum placements):

  1. Algoma District School Board
  2. Avon Maitland District School Board
  3. Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
  4. Bluewater District School Board
  5. Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board
  6. Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board
  7. Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario
  8. District School Board of Niagara
  9. Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
  10. Durham District School Board
  11. Durham Catholic District School Board
  12. École secondaire catholique Saint-Charles-Garnier
  13. Grand Erie District School Board
  14. Greater Essex County District School Board
  15. Halton Catholic District School Board
  16. Halton District School Board
  17. Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board
  18. Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
  19. Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board
  20. Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
  21. Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board
  22. Lambton Kent District School Board
  23. London District Catholic School Board
  24. Limestone District School Board
  25. Near North District School Board
  26. Newfoundland & Labrador English School District
  27. Niagara Catholic District School Board
  28. North Vancouver School District
  29. Northeastern Catholic District School Board
  30. Ottawa Catholic School Board
  31. Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
  32. Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board 
  33. Peel District School Board
  34. St. Clair Catholic District School Board
  35. Simcoe County District School Board
  36. Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
  37. Trillium Lakelands District School Board
  38. Thames Valley District School Board
  39. Toronto Catholic District School Board
  40. Toronto District School Board
  41. Virtual Schools
  42. Waterloo Catholic District School Board
  43. Waterloo Region District School Board
  44. Wellington Catholic District School Board
  45. Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
  46. York Catholic District School Board
  47. York Region District School Board

AFE-Approved Organizations

This is a sample list of previously approved AFE sites where our Teacher Candidates have recently completed or are in the process of completing their AFE opportunities on a volunteer basis. Please note that this list is subject to change and is not exhaustive. We strongly recommend that you consider completing your volunteer AFE opportunities at these organizations as they have been carefully vetted by our office and placement agreements between Western and these hosting organizations for AFEs were previously established.

If you do not see current AFE opportunities with these organizations on InPlace, you can reach out to the organizations directly to inquire about and arrange your own AFE opportunity before contacting our office.

*If you choose to complete your volunteer AFE at an organization/school not on this list, please keep in mind that a legal affiliate agreement will need to be signed before you can proceed. Please note that this process takes time and may impact the start time of your AFE. You cannot start your AFE until the legal affiliate agreement has been signed and approved.

    1. 519Pursuit
    2. A.G. Baillie Memorial School
    3. A.R.S. Armenian School
    4. Access Learning
    5. Action Read Community Literacy Centre
    6. Adventure Valley
    7. Ajax Public Library
    8. Al-Mahdi Islamic Community Center
    9. Amabile Choirs of London
    10. Apple International Technologies Inc.
    11. Appleby College
    12. Arden Language Centre
    13. Associated Hebrew Schools - Hurwich Campus
    14. Aylmer-Malahide Museum and Archives
    15. Backus-Page House Museum
    16. Be Honest Educational Services Ltd.
    17. Beijing Schema Education and Technology Co
    18. Beyond Me London
    19. Big Brothers Big Sisters Sarnia Lambton Branch
    20. Big Brothers Big Sisters St. Thomas-Elgin Branch
    21. Bluewater Hawks U18BB Girls Hockey Team
    22. Blyth Academy Waterloo
    23. Boys and Girls Club (BGC) London
    24. Brampton Christian School
    25. Brant & District Football Club
    26. Brantford Public Library - Colborne St. Branch
    27. Burlington Minor Football Association 
    28. Cabbagepatch Kid Care
    29. Cambridge Farm and Forest School
    30. Camp Oconto
    31. Canadian Parents for French
    32. Carrefour Communitaire Francophone de London
    33. Chatham Christian School
    34. Chesley Minor Soccer
    35. Childcan
    36. Children's Aid Society of Oxford County
    37. City of London
    38. City of Waterloo Museum
    39. Classrooms Without Walls
    40. Columbia International College
    41. Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate Church of Saint Paul the Anchorite
    42. Corporation of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent
    43. Coyote Nature School
    44. Cube for Teachers
    45. Dance Extreme Inc
    46. Diocese of London
    47. Discipleship Christian Secondary School
    48. Early Outreach (Western USC)
    49. Edu-inter French School 
    50. East London Soccer Club
    51. Family Day Care Services Ross Doan Child Care Centre
    52. Forest Hills Private School & Retreat Center Inc
    53. Forests Ontario
    54. Gateway Church
    55. Girl Guides of Canada
    56. Grand Theatre
    57. Green Learning Canada Foundation
    58. Grosvenor Nursery School
    59. GroundUpWR
    60. Havergal College
    61. Highland Baptist Church
    62. Hillfield Strathallan College
    63. Holy Family Parish
    64. Hyperpad
    65. Iron Horse Festival of St. Thomas
    66. Islamic Society of North America – Canada
    67. Jewish Family & Child Services
    68. Junior Achievement of South Western Ontario
    69. Kids Ko Childcare Centre Inc.
    70. Kingsway Academy Inc.
    71. Kitchener-Waterloo Bilingual School
    72. Kiwanis Music Festival of London
    73. Kumon St. Thomas
    74. Lajna Immaillah Canada
    75. Lambton Centre (Lambton Presbytery United Church Centre)
    76. Laurier Brantford YMCA
    77. Learning Disabilities Association of London Region
    78. Little Champs Day Care Centre
    79. London Citadel of the Salvation Army
    80. London Cross-Cultural Learner Centre
    81. London Cycle Link
    82. London Junior Mustangs
    83. London Police Services Board
    84. London Regional Children's Museum
    85. London Volleyball Club
    86. London Waldorf School
    87. LUSO Community Services
    88. Lutheran Island Camp
    89. M.I. Understanding
    90. Matthew's Hall Independent School
    91. Mentor College (Mentor Educational Inc)
    92. Merrymount Children's Centre
    93. Montessori The Place to Grow
    94. Municipality of West Perth
    95. Museum London
    96. Museum of Ontario Archaeology
    97. NLCC Glorious
    98. Northwest London Resource Centre
    99. Oak Park Co-operative Children's Centre Inc
    100. Oak Valley Health
    101. Oakville Girls Softball Association
    102. Ontario Virtual School
    103. Open Door Christian Fellowship
    104. Oxford Learning – London Office
    105. Oxford Learning Hyde Park
    106. Oxford Learning Kitchener North
    107. Oxford Learning Waterloo Eastbridge
    108. Palace Theatre
    109. Preschool of the Arts Forest City
    110. Providence Reformed Collegiate
    111. Ridley College
    112. Saugeen Shores Minor Hockey Association
    113. Shedden Soccer Club
    114. South Huron Minor Hockey Association
    115. Special Olympics Ontario
    116. St. Andrew's College/ St. Anne's School
    117. Saint Gregory School
    118. St. John's Ambulance (Grey Bruce Huron Branch)
    119. St. Leonard’s Community Services
    120. St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School
    121. St. Paul's Athletic Association
    122. St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church
    123. Stanstead College
    124. STEAM Education Centre
    125. Stratford Volleyball Club
    126. Sylvan Learning of London
    127. Syngli Inc.
    128. TanenbaumCHAT
    129. Taquanyah Nature Centre and Apps Mill Nature Centre
    130. Telephone City Music Society
    131. The Oxford School
    132. The Stepping Stone
    133. This Is London Dance Company
    134. Toronto Community Housing Corporation 
    135. Town Centre Private School
    136. Traverse Independence
    137. Trinity College School
    138. United for Literacy
    139. University of Waterloo Department of Chemistry
    140. Upper Canada College Preparatory School
    141. Upper Thames River Conservation Authority
    142. UWO Smart Steps Tutoring Club
    143. Waterloo Infant Toddler Daycare Association
    144. Waterloo Minor Soccer Club
    145. West London Alliance Church
    146. West Oxford Girls Hockey Association
    147. West Perth Youth Centre
    148. Western Toronto Junction Historical Society
    149. Working Women Community Centre
    150. YMCA of Southwestern Ontario
    151. YMCA of Three Rivers
    152. Your Neighbourhood Camp
    153. Youth Unlimited YFC Strathroy
    154. Villanova College

Teacher Candidate Responsibilities

Teacher Candidates are responsible for securing their own AFEs. We encourage Teacher Candidates to explore educational roles that they’re unfamiliar with, as AFE encourages TCs to engage with teaching and education beyond the traditional classroom teacher. There are often opportunities posted to InPlace for Teacher Candidates to explore alongside seeking out their own experiences.
General AFE Process:
  1. Find an AFE opportunity on your own or find one on InPlace and apply
  2. If your AFE opportunity is new (not already on InPlace), communicate with the Program Coordinator (Jeren Balayeva-Sawyer) to get in touch with the AFE supervisor and get the opportunity posted to InPlace**
  3. Once the opportunity is created for you, apply on InPlace so that your experience can be tracked and managed
  4. You are responsible for tracking your hours in an Excel spreadsheet
  5. After you complete your AFE, you will be required to submit a Self-Evaluation Report
  6. Your report will be emailed to your supervisor, who will be prompted to complete a Supervisor Report
  7. When both reports are reviewed by the Program Coordinator, your AFE will be successfully complete and marked as such on InPlace                                                                        
**If Your AFE is New:
1.    Confirm with your potential supervisor that the agency will support AFE placements
2.    Email the Program Coordinator with the following details:
a.    Legal name of agency
b.    Name of possible AFE supervisor
c.    Email of possible AFE supervisor
d.    Placement start date (pending approval)
e.    Placement duration (pending approval; i.e., 90 or 120 hours)
f.    Brief description of AFE placement opportunity (include whether Specialty or not)
3.    The Program Coordinator will email your potential supervisor to confirm interest/details
a.    A placement agreement is required for volunteer placements that are not on the preapproved list  
b.    The agreement must be signed before proceeding
4.    The Program Coordinator will add the agency and supervisor to InPlace
5.    You will help create a posting for yourself on InPlace
6.    You will apply for the posting and an AFE opportunity will be generated for you to track your experience
All AFE hours must be accumulated and reported to the Teacher Education Office by the last day of the BEd program to be processed in time for graduation.

AFE Supervisor Responsibilities

  1. Sign a placement agreement with Western University (if unpaid).
  2. Register as an official AFE partner through In Place, Western Education's placement management software.
  3. Work directly with the Teacher Candidate to determine the expectations for the AFE.
  4. Provide meaningful and mutually beneficial work, or support the Teacher Candidate in planning and completing their own project.*
  5. Review the Teacher Candidate’s Self-Evaluation at the end of the experience. This will be sent to you by email once the Teacher Candidate completes it.
  6. Complete the Supervisor’s Final Report. This online form takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. Hosts will receive a link to this form by email after the Teacher Candidate submits their Self-Evaluation.

*The Alternative Field Experience is not a practicum placement and can be completed inside or outside of a classroom setting. There is no “per diem” for hosts. Teacher candidates must be supervised and may not take the place of an Ontario Certified Teacher – they cannot act as a Supply Teacher or as an Uncertified Teacher.

Teacher Education Office Responsibilities

  1. Review the AFE Proposals, Self-Evaluations, and Supervisor Reports to track and communicate total hours to Teacher Candidates. For Class of 2024, through OWL. For Class of 2025, through In Place. 

  2. Coordinate a Placement Agreement with the AFE Host Site, as needed.

  3. Register new AFE agencies with In Place.
  4. Support Teacher Candidates and AFE Supervisors, as needed.

  5. Process the AFE course grades once total hours are submitted and complete.

Community Involvement


Within Western University's two-year Teacher Education Program, all teacher candidates complete four Practicum blocks.

View our Academic Calendars to see specific placement block schedules. 

During Practicum, teacher candidates work with Ontario Certified Teachers, completing practice teaching in grades and subjects specific to their future teaching licenses.

Placements are arranged by the Teacher Education Office and host teachers, referred to as Associate Teachers, receive an $8 per diem.

For more information, contact Joanne Lombardi, Practicum Coordinator, at

Alternative Field Experience

Within Western University's two-year Teacher Education Program, all teacher candidates complete two Alternative Field Experience blocks.

View our Academic Calendars to see specific placement block schedules. 

During the Alternative Field Experience (AFE), teacher candidates learn about education- and youth-related community supports. They are encouraged to consider completing their AFE in a wide array of grades or subjects; with school resource personnel or specialist teachers, in non-profit organizations or community centres.

Placements are arranged by teacher candidates and there is no per diem for hosts.

Interested in hosting an AFE? Contact Jeren Balayeva-Sawyer, Program Coordinator, at

Other Ways to Get Involved with the Teacher Ed Program

Are you hoping to get involved or share an opportunity with Teacher Candidates at Western? Contact Erin Sardido at with your request. 


For campus and community employment opportunities, please visit Western Connect, Western University’s central employment database.

For teaching positions and school board postings, please visit Apply to Education.


For campus and community volunteer opportunities, please visit the Western Serves Network on Western Connect, Western University’s central experience catalogue.

For more local nonprofit opportunities, please visit the Pillar Nonprofit Network.


Please note that the Faculty of Education does not manage a tutoring program. Teacher candidates may pursue their own private tutoring practices or work for local agencies. The Teacher Education Office does not have a list of teacher candidates available for tutoring requests. 

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