BKin In-Field Learning helps you put theory into practice by working alongside and learning from some of the very best in the field. Available for third, fourth and fifth-year students, these In-Field Learning opportunities occur as a part of elective upper year courses where you develop skills through job shadowing, and assisting with day-to-day workplace activities under the supervision of a mentor.
In the classroom, theoretical knowledge and core competencies of professional practice are addressed. While in the field you’ll have access to practical experiences and unrivaled mentorship from experts in health-care, sport and physical activity institutions. Plus, we provide invaluable research opportunities and the chance to see how some of the largest and most diverse school boards and community centres operate.
What you can expect to achieve from in-field learning:
Learn through experience
Integrate classroom learning with hands-on practice
Explore different fields of practice
Gauge the fit of potential careers paths
Develop personal and professional skills that will build your resume and make you stand out to future employers
Academic Course Information
Students interested in applying for a BKIN In-Field Learning are encouraged to review the course outlines prior to registration. BKIN In-Field Learning will prepare you for graduate programs and placements, which are a natural stepping stone to your career.
KPE355Y – Interpersonal Theory in Kinesiology & Physical Education
KPE455Y – Kinesiology & Physical Education in Society
In-Field Learning placements are offered in five key areas related to the field of kinesiology and physical education:
*Areas of practice are determined and confirmed on an annual basis and are subject to change.
Faculty Attained In-Field Learning Partnerships
The Faculty maintains meaningful relationships with over one hundred community partners who offer their mentorship to KPE students, while simultaneously conducting outreach to develop new partnerships within the community. Once the application opens, students are able to view a list of Faculty attained partnerships and rank preferences by logging into the placement system with their UTORid. For more information on this process, please see the How do I apply? section below.
Student Attained In-Field Learning Partnerships
Students are able to submit a proposal for a student attained in-field learning placement if the opportunity/organization of interest is not reflected on the Faculty list.
If you are interested in securing your own in-field learning placement opportunity, please email email@example.com to request the application form.
Opportunity to transform theory from the classroom to in-field practice
In-field learning provides students with a unique opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge in a safe and supportive learning environment
100 hours of in-field experience from September - March
Students complete an average of 5 hours per week on-site during their in-field learning course
Multi-modal course structure combines in-field experiences with lectures and tutorials to amplify learning
Students are supported by lectures and tutorials, providing an opportunity for critical reflection of in-field learning experiences
Supervised mentorship by a qualified professional
Mentors have a minimum of 3 years of post-education experience in a field related to kinesiology and physical education
Activities and tasks related to kinesiology and physical education
Community partners/mentors and the Faculty work together to ensure the learning objectives for each in-field learning placement relate to what is being covered in the BKin curriculum
Please carefully review the below requirements, student responsibilities and matching criteria prior to submitting an application.
Open to Upper-Year KPE Students
- In-field learning is open to all students who will be registered in year 3 of studies or higher during the academic year that the course takes place
Commitment to Participation
- Though attached to an academic course, KPE355 and KPE455 are unique in their involvement of community partners. As community partners/mentors expect students to attend their in-field learning placement once matched, applications to in-field learning are viewed as a firm commitment to full participation in the course, barring extenuating circumstances
Ancillary Fee for Participation
- Due to the high level of additional resources and administrative support required for the success of this course, students are required to pay a $255 ancillary fee which will be billed on ACORN following course registration
Student and Mentor Matching Criteria
You are not able to use in-field learning experience/hours towards requirements/credits/hours for other experiential learning opportunities (work study, internship, directed research, etc.)
You are able to participate in other experiential learning opportunities during your in-field learning courses (work study, internship, directed research, etc.), but it is your responsibility to ensure different mentorship/supervision for other opportunities
In order to provide students with diverse opportunities and experiences, you are unable to be matched with the same mentor for both KPE355 and KPE455
You may not receive financial compensation for in-field learning hours, due to university insurance policies
You may not receive in-field learning mentorship/supervision by a family member or family friend
If in a clinical placement (physiotherapy, chiropractic, etc.), you may not receive treatment from your mentor/matched organization for the duration of in-field learning
How to Apply to a BKin In-Field Learning Placement
Applications open on Monday, June 5, 2023 at 12 p.m. ET.
Once the application opens, you will be able to view the complete list of placement opportunities offered for the upcoming academic year. You will not be able to see the list of placements until this time.
The deadline to submit your application is Monday, June 19, 2023 at 5 p.m.
The Application Process
- Log in to the placement system using your UTORid
Applications will open on Monday, June 5, 2023. At this time, you will be able to view all in-field learning opportunities. We are unable to disclose the list of placement options until the application opens.
- Carefully review the in-field learning placements offered
The Faculty maintains over one hundred community partners, each with distinct opportunities to support your personal and professional development. Think about why you are applying for an in-field learning placement. Are you interested in exploring a new field? Are there skills you would like to develop? Then think about how the various learning objectives within each opportunity can support your goals. Also, be sure to make note of important details listed such as location and hours.
If you will require accommodations during placement, please ensure you are registered with Accessibility Services. Once you have a letter outlining your accommodations, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for further support.
- Make use of resources to strengthen your application
You will be required to submit a resume as part of your application. Investing time to strengthen it is important, as it is the first impression a potential mentor will have of you. Here are some resources to support you through this process:
- Submit your rankings, resume, and application
All components of your application for in-field learning placements are due by Monday, June 19, 2023 at 5 p.m. In order for your application to be processed, all components must be submitted. You are able to update your rankings and application as often as you would like prior to this date.
- Reach out to all mentors you have been matched with to set up an interview
Match results will be announced to you and potential mentors by June 22, 2023. It is your responsibility to reach out to every mentor you are matched with to set up an interview. Submitting an application signifies a meaningful commitment to the community partners that you have ranked, which requires your follow-through.
- Complete interview(s) and indicate your post-interview interest on the placement system
Interviews with the mentors you have been matched with will take place between June 23 and July 12, 2023. Students and mentors are both required to indicate yes or no on the application system after the completion of each interview.
- If unmatched after completing round one, proceed to round two of matching
It is possible that you may not be matched following the first application round. If this happens, you are able to rank your top 5 choices out of the spaces that are still available. Round two of matching is only open to those who were unmatched in round one.
- Sign the student/mentor agreement form
Once matched, you and your mentor are both required to review the student-mentor agreement form on the application system, and check the box indicating agreement.
- Enrolment in KPE355Y or KPE455Y*
After you have been matched and completed the above steps, you will be automatically enrolled in KPE355Y1 or KPE455Y1 on ROSI by the Registrar's Office.
*Enrolment in KPE455Y1 is only available to students who have successfully completed KPE355Y1