College teaching practicums

Students in our undergraduate and master’s programs can register for three practicums on teaching philosophy at the college level: two are available during the bachelor’s program, and one during the master’s.

Each practicum is supervised by a teacher at the host college and is takes place in one of his or her philosophy courses. The practicums provide basic practical, pedagogical and didactic training for college-level teaching, and they draw on the supervision and professional experience of a college teacher. They also aim to develop the professional skills required to teach philosophy at the college level, including mastery of the subject matter and the ability to problematize and raise philosophical questions.

Practicum 1

The first practicum consists of “job shadowing”. The undergraduate student will learn about the pedagogical and didactic practices used in teaching philosophy at college, and become familiar with objectives, standards, content and themes to be used during the college practicums. To achieve this, the student will systematically observe the pedagogical relationship between the internship supervisor and his or her students and meet regularly with the practicum supervisor to discuss activities performed outside the classroom, including course preparation, creation of teaching material, individual meetings with students, evaluations, institutional issues, etc.

See course description.

Practicum 2

The second practicum is one of “partial intervention” The undergraduate student can try out some of the techniques involved in teaching philosophy at the college level (giving lectures, facilitating group discussions, individual assistance under the supervision of the practicum supervisor, course preparation, evaluation of student work, etc.) and practice and hone the skills acquired during the first practicum. To achieve this, the student will be required to intervene from time to time under the supervision of the practicum supervisor (e.g. facilitation of class discussions, providing individual assistance to a few students, etc.). The student must also periodically have discussions with the practicum supervisor on the activities performed outside the classroom, including course preparation, creation of teaching material, individual meetings with students under the supervisor’s supervision, evaluations, institutional issues, etc.

See course description.

Practicum 3

Lastly, the third practicum is one of “regular intervention”. After successfully completing the Practicum 1 and 2 courses at the bachelor’s level, the master’s student will experience what it’s like to teach philosophy at the college level. The student will put into practice and further hone the skills acquired in the first two practicums. With the help or supervision of the practicum supervisor, the student teacher will take on all or part of the teaching activities, such as developing a lesson plan that meets the specifications of the ministry and of the host college’s philosophy department, selecting readings and other teaching materials, preparing and delivering courses, evaluating student assignments and exams, providing individual student assistance, and compiling and submitting grades.

See course description.