Applications for 2019-2020 are now closed. Please check back for our 2020-2021 recruitment form.

* Beyond the Classroom Placements - Community Partners.pdf
Further information for community partners regarding EDUC 400 "Beyond the Classroom" placements.
* Observational Framework Questions.pdf
The questions our students will consider while observing their community partners' work.

Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Education Professional Programs invites your organization to partner with us to provide SFU student teachers with opportunities to broaden and deepen their understandings of education by spending time in sites of teaching and learning beyond typical classroom or school experiences. 

New student teachers in our Professional Development Program (PDP) will complete a minimum of 12 hours of guided observations and experiences ‘beyond the classroom’ between November 9 - 17, 2019. 

Recognizing that students are in the first term of their teacher education program, their role will be primarily as observers. They can also participate in the important educational work you do and will share their experiences with other student teachers.

University faculty will provide students with foundational themes to guide their experiences and their reflections upon them. For example, student teachers might be asked to consider how practices they observe in community contexts may be applicable in school contexts or how they may work with organizations in the community to provide meaningful educational experiences for students in schools. If you would like more details, please see the PDF documents attached on the top, right-hand side of this webpage.

All of our student teachers have completed a rigorous, competitive application process which includes a criminal record check, professional letters of recommendation, as well as previous volunteer experience with school-aged children and youth.

In September, based on their unique interests and professional goals, PDP student teachers will select community partners from our website.

If you are interested in hosting one or more of our students, please complete the online form located at the top of this page.

We look forward to the possibility of partnering with your organization during the 2019/20 school year. If you have questions about the unique features of SFU’s teacher education programs, the role of community partners, or procedures for student teacher placements, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to connect via phone, email, or in person. 

For more information, contact:

Janet McCarron


Phone: 778-782-5519
Office: EDB, Rm 8634

Cynthia Clerc


Phone: 778-782-6604
Office: EDB, Rm 8632