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The Practicum Program

Because work-integrated learning has great learning potential, CMU requires a practicum in all Bachelor of Arts programs. The practicum complements classroom education by having the student spend a significant amount of time in an off-campus placement. Students reflect on the experience through written assignments, readings, and discussions with supervisors.

What is a Practicum?

CMU offers two types of practicum courses. Courses of the first type are concurrent with other courses during the academic year. These courses require students to gain experience in individual placements (a minimum of 60 hours per three credit hours) and to meet regularly in a practicum class at CMU. The second type, namely, the intensive practicum courses, requires students to spend a block of concentrated time in a placement over a minimum of 12 weeks (for a six credit-hour course). Most intensive practicum courses are developed with specific CMU programs in mind, but they are not restricted to students taking those programs.

Financial assistance is available for some intensive practica. Appropriate practicum placements are arranged with the Practicum Office in accordance with the student’s individual interests and academic goals.

CMU has Connected with Over 500 Local and International Community Partners 

Placements have included the following fields...

Environmental organizations, private and public schools, archives, art galleries, personal care homes, recreation centres, orphanages, prisons, publishing houses, parole offices, skate parks, community advocacy centres, food banks, hospitals, non-governmental organizations, media and communications offices, employment counsellors, IT network administrators, music therapy settings, mental and physical disabilities, art programs, autism spectrum disorder programs, family support services, refugees, immigrants, periodicals, newspapers, and much, much more.

Skills Developed

Contact Werner Kliewer (wkliewer:@:cmu.ca), Director of Practica, CMU's Shaftesbury campus

Contact Ruth Taronno (rtaronno:@:cmu.ca), Director of Practica, CMU's Menno Simons College campus

Courses

The following section contains a complete list of courses for its curriculum. For current course listings please see the Course Description section of our website.

PRAC-1000 Cross-Cultural Service Learning:  (3.0 credit hours) A supervised, structured, experience-based cross-cultural learning opportunity that involves the student in the experiential learning cycle of preparation, experience, evaluation and reflection.  Evaluation in this course will be pass/fail.  This course is available only through CMU’s Outtatown Program.

PRAC-2000 Practicum: (3.0 credit hours) This course draws on the strengths that experience/based education offers, with students spending a substantial amount of time (a minimum of sixty hours) in a supervised off-campus placement assigned according to the student's individual interests and academic goals. Reflection on the experience, both individually and in class with other students currently in practica, will form an important component of the course. This course is scheduled alongside other courses during the academic year. Pre-requisite: 30 credit hours of post-secondary education.

PRAC-2010 Practicum: (6.0 credit hours) This course draws on the strengths that experience/based education offers, with students spending a substantial amount of time (a minimum of one hundred twenty hours)  in a supervised off-campus placement assigned according to the student's individual interests and academic goals. Reflection on the experience, both individually and in class with other students currently in practica, will form an important component of the course. This course is scheduled alongside other courses during the academic year. Pre-requisite: 30 credit hours of post-secondary education.

PRAC-3010 Communications and Media Intensive Practicum:  (6.0 credit hours) Placements are with organizations, companies or independent producers that are engaged in public communications or media production.  This course requires students to spend a block of concentrated time in a placement over a minimum of twelve weeks.  This course is normally completed during one semester and is considered the main course of study that semester. Prerequisites:  COMM-1000, an additional 9 credit hours of Communications and Media; 60 credit hours of university-level studies, including 30 at CMU.

PRAC-3020 Business and Organizational Administration Intensive Practicum: (6.0 credit hours) Placements will occur in a management or administration position in either a business or not-for-profit organization. This course requires students to spend a block of concentrated time in a placement over a minimum of twelve weeks.  This course is normally completed during one semester and is considered the main course of study that semester. Prerequisites:  BUSI-1000, an additional 9 credit hours in the Business and Organizational Administration major at the 2000 level of higher; 60 credit hours of university-level studies, including 30 at CMU.

PRAC-3025 Business and Organizational Administration Intensive Practicum: (3.0 credit hours) Placements will occur in a management or administration position in either a business or not-for-profit organization. This course requires students to spend a block of concentrated time in a placement over a minimum of twelve weeks.  This course is normally completed during one semester and is considered the main course of study that semester. Prerequisites:  BUSI-1000, an additional 9 credit hours in the Business and Organizational Administration major at the 2000 level of higher; 60 credit hours of university-level studies, including 30 at CMU

PRAC-3100 Intensive Practicum: (3.0 credit hours) This course requires students to spend a block of concentrated time in a placement over a minimum of six weeks.  This course is normally completed during one semester and is considered the main course of study that semester. Prerequisites: 60 credit hours of university-level studies, including 30 at CMU (but in some circumstances students may be eligible after 30 credit hours).

PRAC-3110 Intensive Practicum: (6.0 credit hours) This course requires students to spend a block of concentrated time in a placement over a minimum of twelve weeks.  This course is normally completed during one semester and is considered the main course of study that semester. Prerequisites: 60 credit hours of university-level studies, including 30 at CMU (but in some circumstances students may be eligible after 30 credit hours).

PRAC-3120 Intensive Practicum: (9.0 credit hours) This course requires students to spend a block of concentrated time in a placement over a minimum of six months.  This course may last as long as a year and is considered the main course of study that year. Prerequisites: 60 credit hours of university-level studies, including 30 at CMU (but in some circumstances students may be eligible after 30 credit hours).

PRAC-3200 Missions and Service Intensive Practicum: (3.0 credit hours) Placements will be in settings where the church is actively engaged in mission/service and they may be domestic or international; they will often be cross-cultural. This course requires students to spend a block of concentrated time in a placement over a minimum of six weeks.  This course is normally completed during one semester and is considered the main course of study that semester. Prerequisites: 18 credit hours of Biblical and Theological Studies, including 6 credit hours of Practical Theology; 60 credit hours of university-level studies, including 30 at CMU. It is recommended that students complete BTS-2720 or 3710 before registering for this practicum.

PRAC-3210 Missions and Service Intensive Practicum: (6.0 credit hours) Placements will be in settings where the church is actively engaged in mission/service; they may be domestic or international; they will often be cross-cultural. This course requires students to spend a block of concentrated time in a placement over a minimum of twelve weeks.  This course is normally completed during one semester and is considered the main course of study that semester. Prerequisites: 18 credit hours of Biblical and Theological Studies, including 6 credit hours of Practical Theology; 60 credit hours of university-level studies, including 30 at CMU. It is recommended that students complete BTS-2720 or 3710 before registering for this practicum.

PRAC-3220 Missions and Service Intensive Practicum: (9.0 credit hours) Placements will be in settings where the church is actively engaged in mission/service; they may be domestic or international; they will often be cross-cultural. This course requires students to spend a block of concentrated time in a placement over a minimum of six months.  This course may last as long as a year and is considered the main course of study that year. Prerequisites: 18 credit hours of Biblical and Theological Studies, including 6 credit hours of Practical Theology; 60 credit hours of university-level studies, including 30 at CMU. It is recommended that students complete BTS-2720 or 3710 before registering for this practicum.

PRAC-3310 Pastoral Ministry Intensive Practicum: (6.0 credit hours) Placements will normally be in a congregational setting. This course requires students to spend a block of concentrated time in a placement over a minimum of twelve weeks.  This course is normally completed during one semester and is considered the main course of study that semester. Prerequisites:  six credit hours in practical theology, including one of BTS-2370, BTS-4400, or BTS-4420, and an additional 12 credit hours of Biblical and Theological Studies; 60 credit hours of university-level studies, including 30 at CMU.  If a student does not have the specific course prerequisites indicated above, the student may qualify by completing specific assigned readings and an interview with pertinent faculty members.

PRAC-3410 Worship Intensive Practicum: (6.0 credit hours) Placements will most often be in a congregational setting, but other placements may be appropriate. This course requires students to spend a block of concentrated time in a placement over a minimum of twelve weeks.  This course is normally completed during one semester and is considered the main course of study that semester. Prerequisites: BTS-4420, an additional 3 credit hours of Practical Theology, and an additional 12 credit hours of Biblical and Theological Studies; 60 credit hours of university-level studies, including 30 at CMU.

PRAC-3510 Youth Ministry Intensive Practicum: (6.0 credit hours) Placements frequently will be in congregational settings, but other placements are also appropriate. This course requires students to spend a block of concentrated time in a placement over a minimum of twelve weeks.  This course is normally completed during one semester and is considered the main course of study that semester. Prerequisites: 18 credit hours of Biblical and Theological Studies, including two of BTS-2300, 2310, 3300, and 3330; 60 credit hours of university-level studies, including 30 at CMU.

PRAC-3610 Music and Worship Intensive Practicum: (6.0 credit hours) Placements will most often be arranged with a particular congregation, but other settings are also possible. This course requires students to spend a block of concentrated time in a placement over a minimum of twelve weeks.  This course is normally completed during one semester and is considered the main course of study that semester. Prerequisites: MUSC/BTS-2300; one of MUSC/BTS-2310, MUSC-2320, MUSC-2330, and MUSC/BTS-3310; and an additional 12 credit hours of Biblical and Theological Studies; 60 credit hours of university-level studies, including 30 at CMU.

PRAC-3710 Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies Intensive Practicum: (6.0 credit hours) Placements will be in a domestic or international location. This course requires students to spend a block of concentrated time in a placement over a minimum of twelve weeks.  This course is normally completed during one semester and is considered the main course of study that semester. Prerequisites: PCTS-1110 and 3 credit hours of group I courses from each of the two categories, “Analyzing Peace and Violence” and “Peacebuilding”; 60 credit hours of university-level studies, including 30 at CMU.

PRAC-3720 Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies Intensive Practicum: (9.0 credit hours) Placements will be in a domestic or international location. This course requires students to spend a block of concentrated time in a placement over a minimum of six months.  This course may last as long as a year and is considered the main course of study that year. Prerequisites: PCTS-1110 and 3 credit hours of group I courses from each of the two categories, “Analyzing Peace and Violence” and “Peacebuilding”; 60 credit hours of university-level studies, including 30 at CMU.

PRAC-3810 International Development Studies Intensive Practicum: (6.0 credit hours) Placements will be with a development agency, usually in an overseas location. This course requires students to spend a block of concentrated time in a placement over a minimum of twelve weeks.  This course is normally completed during one semester and is considered the main course of study that semester. Prerequisites: IDS-1110, 2110, and3111; 60 credit hours of university-level studies, including 30 at CMU.

PRAC-3820 International Development Studies Intensive Practicum: (9.0 credit hours) Placements will be with a development agency, usually in an overseas location. This course requires students to spend a block of concentrated time in a placement over a minimum of six months.  This course may last as long as a year and is considered the main course of study that year. Prerequisites: IDS-1110, 2110, and 3111; 60 credit hours of university-level studies, including 30 at CMU.

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