Professional Placement Program

Professional placements are part of upper year KPE academic courses (KPE355Y/455Y). These elective courses will help you develop skills necessary for your career through job shadowing, and assessing, designing, implementing and evaluating programs. In the classroom, you will address the theoretical knowledge and core competencies of professional practice, and in the field you will work with mentors in related careers.

Benefits of completing a professional placement:

  • Practical experience
  • Applied learning
  • Professional development
  • Networking
  • Career exploration
  • Resume building
  • An edge in the job market
  • Enhanced transition into the workplace
  • Transferable skills such as leadership, communication and interpersonal

Academic Course Information

Students interested in applying for a professional placement are encouraged to review the course outlines prior to registration.

KPE355Y – Interpersonal Theory in Kinesiology & Physical Education
KPE455Y – Kinesiology & Physical Education in Society

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Professional placements are offered in a variety of areas including:

Health Care
Health Promotion
Research and Innovation
Sport, Fitness and Recreation

The Faculty has established professional placement opportunities within the Faculty and with community partners. Students also have the option of creating their own placement position. Each of these placement options are reviewed below.

Faculty Attained Placements (FAPs)
FAPs are professional placement opportunities available at partner organizations where mentors have agreed to take applications from students within our placement program. The Faculty has established partnerships with many organizations in the Greater Toronto Area, and is always seeking new opportunities for our students.

Student Attained Placements (SAPs)
SAPs are placements that students obtain on their own initiative. This placement option provides an excellent opportunity for students to apply for a professional placement in a specific organization of interest or a desired geographical location in which a professional placement may not already be offered through the FAPs. This option also provides any student not matched in the FAP student-mentor matching process a chance to still participate in a professional placement experience.

The Faculty offers a variety of placements across over 110 different community partners. Specific placement offerings change each year, but stay tuned as a confirmed list is available when the placement program opens up its application process this April 2019.


  • Student is matched with a qualified professional. A qualified professional (mentor) is defined as any person employed in a kinesiology/physical education-related occupation with at least three years of work experience (post-education).
  • Student completes an average of 100 placement hours. Student must complete a minimum of 80 placement hours and may complete no more than 120 placement hours. Placement hours must be completed within the academic year (September to March). Ideally students will complete their 100 hours over the course of the year (i.e. not all in one month or term).
  • Student placement work is supervised. Students should be supervised in their placement settings by their mentor or assigned professional in order for the student to receive adequate feedback for improvement.
  • Placement tasks have a kinesiology/physical education focus. The main tasks performed by the student in the placement should relate to content covered in the BKin curriculum.
  • The student placement has a meaningful learning component. Students should be appropriately challenged in their placement settings. In addition to providing a service to the placement organization and mentor, it is important that students gain a valuable learning experience (i.e. gain hands on experience applying theory to practice in the workplace setting, interact and work alongside kinesiology/physical education professionals, learn specific technologies and procedures, etc.).
  • Students may not receive financial compensation for professional placement hours. For University insurance purposes, students must not be receiving compensation for services provided during the completion of the KPE355Y and KPE455Y courses.

KPE355Y/455Y Course Enrolment Guidelines

  • Students must follow the appropriate pre-course procedures in the year preceding course enrolment and obtain instructor approval. Information on the appropriate pre-course procedures including the student-mentor matching process and important deadlines is located below.
  • In order to enrol in KPE355Y or KPE455Y, students must be an upper year KPE undergraduate student (third or fourth year).
  • Students who choose to take both KPE355Y and KPE455Y may not be matched with the same mentor more than once. In order to allow more students the opportunity to participate in the professional placements, and to provide students with exposure to different work contexts, students must work with a different mentor for KPE355Y and KPE455Y.
  • KPE355Y/455Y professional placements may not be completed in conjunction with any other course credit, internship, or work study position. Students may partake in multiple experiential courses/activities at a time (e.g. professional placement, directed research, work study, etc.), but the student must ensure that his/her professional placement mentor is not also supervising the student in another course-related placement, internship, or work study position.


FAP Application Process

To apply for current Faculty Attained Placements (FAPs), students must use the KPE Professional Placement Application System.

  • Students can log in using their UTORids and view all the FAPs available including placement descriptions, learning activities and any specific requirements.
  • All students are required to upload their resume to the application system as part of the matching process.
  • After reviewing the FAP opportunities, students will rank their top 5 choices within the system. The deadline to register and submit placement rankings is May 3, 2018. Students may go back into the system to update their ranking choices as many times as they wish prior to the deadline.
  • After students have submitted their rankings, the system will run a matching software program to establish student-mentor matches (Round #1). This software has been designed to achieve the greatest number of student-mentor matches, aiming to give the greatest percentage of students their highest ranked choices. Using this system each student has an equal chance of being placed in the high-demand FAPs.
  • Mentors will be matched with two students more than the number of placement positions available (e.g. if a mentor has indicated an interest in working with three students, the system will match the mentor with five). After the registration deadline, an email notification will be sent out to students and mentors once the matching program is complete, letting them know they can sign in to the application system to view their matches. Mentors will have an opportunity to interview each of the students they are matched with. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the mentor(s) they are matched with to set-up an interview time. Following the student interview, using the application system, both the mentor and the student will indicate their willingness to be matched. Round #1 interviews and mentor/student decisions must be submitted online through the application system by May 25, 2018.
  • Round #1 professional placement assignments will be announced within the application system and the process will repeat one more time.
  • Any student not matched in the first round of the application process will have the opportunity to rank their top five preferences of the remaining FAPs. The application system will run the matching software program a second time to establish student-mentor matches (Round #2).
    Note: Students must have registered in Round #1 in order to participate in Round #2 of the FAP student-mentor matching.
  • The Round #2 ranking deadline is June 11, 2018 and Round #2 interviews and mentor/student decisions must be submitted by June 25, 2018.
IMPORTANT: Once you have logged into the Placement System, uploaded your resume, and ranked your mentors, you must follow through with your interviews once Interview Matching has taken place. You are professionally obliged to complete the interview process and any commitments that arise.

SAP Application Process

  • Identify a suitable mentor/professional placement organization. Please see Criteria and Guidelines above for more information on KPE professional placement benchmarks.
  • Invite the potential mentor to become a part of the KPE professional placement program by providing him/her with the Background Information for New Mentors.
  • If the potential mentor agrees to host a professional placement for the upcoming academic year, please work together to complete and submit the
  • The deadline for SAP applications is July 13, 2018

Note: SAPs must be obtained with mentors that are NOT currently listed under Faculty Attained Placements. SAPs must not be obtained with TDSB schools.

Finalization of Placement/Course Enrolment

Professional placements are finalized when:

  1. Both the student and mentor accept the student-mentor agreement form. The final step within the KPE Professional Placement Registration System is to read the student-mentor agreement form and check a box indicating agreement.
  2. Student registration for KPE355/455Y is confirmed on ROSI. Students who were successfully matched will be enrolled in the courses KPE355Y/455Y by the KPE Registrar's Office.

Students will not be able to add the courses themselves using ACORN.

Note: Students are required to pay a student fee of $250 in order to enrol in the KPE355Y/455Y Professional Placement courses.
  • The fee has been implemented due to greater resource requirements for KPE355Y/455Y compared to other lecture-based academic courses (i.e. student-mentor matching process, student administrative support, mentor communications and support, mentor appreciation, etc.).
  • This fee is consistent with additional student fees required in similar courses in the faculty and across the University of Toronto.
  • This ancillary fee will be automatically billed on ROSI upon course enrolment.

Important Dates

KPE Professional Placement Information Sessions March 27, 2018, 1-2pm, WS B67
Resume Workshop April 20, 2018, 1-2pm, BN 302
FAP Round 1 Application to Placements Period April 13 – May 3, 2018 
Round 1 Interview Matching May 4, 2018
Interview Workshop May 7, 2018 11am - 12pm WS B67
Round 1 Student-Mentor Interviews May 7 – 25, 2018
Round 1 Interview Ranking Deadline May 25, 2018
Round 1 Final Placement Match Results May 30, 2018
FAP Round 2 Application to Placements Period May 30 – June 11, 2018
Round 2 Interview Matching June 12, 2018
Round 2 Student-Mentor Interviews June 13 – 25, 2018
Round 2 Interview Ranking Deadline June 25, 2018
Round 2 Final Placement Match Results June 28, 2018
SAP Application Deadline July 13, 2018
Placement Hours Timeframe September 2018 – March 2019 

For a young professional to become successful in their respective field, they require guidance, coaching, role models and experience. By exposing students to real-life professional practice, expanding growth opportunities and fostering insight, mentoring relationships are a crucial part of professional development. For an overview of the placement program and details about mentoring, please review the Information Package for Mentors Package.




Mentor Eligibility
The mentoring relationship consists of an experienced practitioner and a young or upcoming professional. Within the KPE Professional Placements, a mentor is defined as any person employed in a kinesiology/physical education-related occupation with at least three years work experience (post-education).

Why Become a Mentor?
The mentoring experience can be valuable to the mentor in a number of ways. Becoming a mentor is beneficial for you as it can:

Enhance your professional skills/practice
In setting a good example for your mentee, the mentoring experience can motivate you to perform the highest standard of work. Demonstrating specific training practices, techniques or procedures for the mentee can also enhance your own skill development through the exercise of performing the demonstration.

Develop your coaching and leadership skills
Mentoring allows you to strengthen your coaching and leadership skills by working with individuals from different backgrounds and with different personality types. Developing your competencies in these areas is important as it enhances your ability to perform in a leadership/managerial role within your organization.

Promote critical reflection
Critical reflection is a key element in professional growth and performance. By having to explain to a student the reasons for why you may practice in a certain way, mentoring can provide you with the opportunity to critically reflect on your own professional practice and identify potential areas for improvement.

Reinforce your previous training
Providing your mentee with opportunities to develop his/her skills in the workplace and challenging the mentee to think in new and different ways can help you to recall your own professional training.

Aid in talent identification and recruitment
Previous mentors have expressed the benefit of developing and retaining some of our top students in their organizations. Following completion of professional placements, high-performing students are frequently recruited for further professional development opportunities, summer jobs, and full-time employment positions.

Foster personal satisfaction
By sharing knowledge you have learned through years of experience, you leave a lasting impression on the mentee and contribute to the development of the profession as a whole.