Student teachers at USask call on province, university for paid practicums

July 13, 2017

Students enrolled in the University of Saskatchewan's College of Education are calling on the university and the government to offer payment for their required work placements. Teacher candidates currently undertake an unpaid four-month practicum to complete their degree, and the students state that most other professional programs offer paid internships. “It puts forward a barrier for a lot of other people who may not be able to afford the varying costs that this internship will present,” said student Nathaniel Teed. The SK government responded in a CBC that students undertaking practicums “are receiving skills training … gaining practical experience while being assessed, monitored and supervised as a part of their educational program. They are not defined as employees or interns, and as such, would not earn wages." CBC