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Master of Teaching Partnership Office

Practicum is an integral component of the Master of Teaching Program! It provides Teacher Candidates with an opportunity to integrate academic preparation and educational studies in workplace learning.Becoming a certified teacher in the province of Ontario requires the successful completion of practicum.




Welcome to the MT Practicum site!​



Observation Days

Observation Days involve being in your placement classroom for 2-3 days prior to the beginning of the 4-week practicum. Observation Days are part of the MT schedule, and usually take place in the 2- 3 weeks prior the the beginning of each practicum. During Observation Days, TCs have the opportunity to observe their Associate Teacher and get to know the students and the program.


Practicum is an evaluated 4-week full-time experience in a classroom with an Associate Teacher. During practicum, TCs will be involved in a wide-range of activities including observing the Associate Teacher, teaching the whole class, working with small groups of students, and working one-on-one with a pupil. Associate Teachers inform and assess the Teacher Candidate in all aspects of their practicum work: planning, teaching, assessment, classroom management, etc. During practicum, TCs observe their Associate Teachers and gradually increase their teaching responsibilities. They begin with just a few lessons and ease into fuller responsibilities over the 4-week placement. (Additional details can be found at Weekly Expectations.) As part of the assessment and evaluation of the practicum, Associate Teachers complete a Summative Evaluation. (Additional details can be found at Assessment & Evaluation.)

Placement Process

Each Teacher Candidate is assigned an MT Practicum Coordinator. The Practicum Coordinators are solely responsible for ALL aspects of the placement process, including identifying possible partner schools, contacting schools, speaking with school administrators and teachers, and arranging a placement for each TC. TCs must not have conversations with schools about being a partner with the MT program, as there are many factors which might inhibit the MT program from being able to follow up with a school (e.g., a school might be involved with another teacher education program, a school may be part of a board that employs a centralized placement process, or there may be other reasons related to internal or board-based protocol).

For Additional Information

The MT Practicum Handbook and the information on this website provide many additional details about the the MT practicum. For further inquiries or questions, please email mtpracticum@utoronto.ca.