Community Leadership Placement (CLP) courses provide an excellent opportunity for Bachelor of Physical and Health Education students to gain valuable and relevant experience in ‘the field’ prior to graduation.
Students registered in PHED 4106 have two options for completing a placement; Students may apply for a placement from a list of local opportunities (Option 1). Students may also propose a placement with a preferred host (Option 2). Students are free to choose either option, and should make note of the relevant deadlines. Students should also consult the syllabus to ensure that all Health and Safety clearance requirements are met in a timely manner.
All upper year placement students must obtain placement approval through the BPHE Placement Office prior to beginning any placement activities. Please read the information carefully and decide which option works best for you. Placement approval dates for fall/winter and spring/summer semesters should be noted carefully. Further information is provided via the course syllabus listed in the Placement Documents tab. Students are strongly encouraged to read the syllabus entirely before connecting with potential placement hosts.
Option 1: Apply for a Placement with a Community Partner
The Nipissing University BPHE program works with several community partners to provide learning opportunities. Students may choose to complete an upper year placement with a recognized CLP partner. Students who are interested in reviewing local opportunities should visit the active placement posting section of the website to view available placement profiles.
Placement opportunities are listed on the Portal as they are made available to the program. Guidelines and deadlines to apply to specific placements are clearly outlined in each placement posting document. Deadlines to apply for each position may be unique and some deadlines occur early in the semester. Students are well advised to review these opportunities very early in the semester.
Option 1 PHED placement applications must be submitted no later than the 1st Friday in November for the Fall/Winter Semester or the 3rd Friday in May for the Spring/Summer Semester. Students should consult the course syllabus for the exact date. Keep in mind, many placement opportunities are offered early in the term, and close quickly. If a student is interested, they must be be prepared to apply immediately. The Nipissing University BPHE program works with a limited number of local community partners with which students may request to be placed during the spring/summer semester.
Following the deadline, applications to placements with community partners will no longer be accepted however self initiated placements will be approved. Self initiated placements are discussed under “Option 2”.
Students are required to prepare a placement entrance package containing the following documents in hard copy:
Option 2: Self Initiated Community Leadership Placement:
The PHED placement office accepts student initiated placement proposals, which are subject to approval by the department. During the fall/winter semesters, self initiated placement proposals are accepted until the Friday prior to the winter study week. During the spring/summer semesters, applications are accepted until the first Friday in June. Students must be able to demonstrate their proposed placement meets the following guidelines:
- It is congruent with career goals.
- The scope of the placement role and associated responsibilities are appropriate for the level of study.
- Host advisor contact information is available.
- The host advisor is not immediately related to the student.
- The placement student is not employed by the host agency.
- The placement must demonstrate that the placement is designed to provide benefit not only to the student, but to the community in fulfilling a true organizational need.
Students must prepare an online application using the following documentation listed below. Students will be notified by email when their placement has been approved. Placements will not be approved until the proposed host has confirmed the accuracy of the information on both the application and contract. Please allow up to 10 business days for approval. If any documents are missing, the placement will not be approved. Students must not engage in any placement related activities until approval has been received from the PHED placement office.
The online application takes 15-20 minutes to complete. Students should ensure they have access to the following information before initiating the application:
- Host contact information (including email, phone and mailing address)
- CPR/FA Certificate
- Young Worker Health and Safety Certificate
- A signed copy of the placement contract
Students should note that their host will be contacted to verify the accuracy of the information provided to the placement office. Students will only be given approval once the host has verified the start date.