a) Are applicants to a self placement guaranteed a placement?
No. International CFE self-placements are randomly assigned only after all existing international CFE placements have been filled. Thus the number of available self placement seats is dependent on how many placements are left after the existing international CFE partner placements are filled.
As there are a limited number of total international CFE placement ‘seats’, it is possible that all international CFE seats could be assigned to existing international partners leaving no seats available for self placements.
b) What are the protocols for teacher candidates contacting institutions for international self-placements ?
For international self-placements, it is the teacher candidate’s responsibility to: a) contact the potential self-placement partner, b) introduce the UBC community field experience (CFE) to the partner, discuss expectations for all stakeholders, and c) request a possible placement. Teacher candidates are encouraged to use the self-placed documents to support their request (See Documents).
For example, a secondary teacher candidate may include links to, or information from, the Introductory Letter for self-placed Secondary TCs (from CFE Coordinator) and the Summary of Expectations for International Partners, when asking a partner to host the TC’s international self-placement CFE.
Linking to these documents is another way TCs can add credibility and authority to their request for an international placement.
c) Is there a deadline for a school to confirm/accept an international self-placed community field experience (regardless of all prior documents being completed)?
Although some finer CFE details may still need to be worked out between partner and teacher candidate, the latest date for an international self placement partner to approve at teacher candidate’s community field experience (CFE) is December 31. However know that this late a confirmation date runs the risk of the teacher candidate losing access to their their preferred rural or local placements – if their international self-placement falls through. Thus teacher candidates are strongly recommended to confirm their CFE before November 15th (see item ‘c’ below).
Setting a confirmation deadline of December 31 affords the Teacher Education Office time in the new year to locate the teacher candidate in one of their remaining rural or local CFE placements. It also gives the teacher candidate time connect with their new rural or local partner and begin discussing expectations, making arrangements, etc.
Some rare international CFE self placement partners take longer than December 31 to be firmed up, however the teacher candidate must make the international Community Field Experience coordinator aware of these special situations before December 31.
d) If a teacher candidate’s international Community Field Experience self-placement falls through, will they still have access to their choices for a rural or local CFE placement?
It depends. If a teacher candidate’s international CFE self-placement falls through before or while the rural or local placements are being assigned, then they will be considered for their registered preferences. If a teacher candidate’s international CFE self-placement falls through after the rural or local placements have been assigned, then the teacher candidate will only have access to the few remaining rural or local CFE placements that have not yet been assigned to their peers (and these remaining CFEs may or may not be ones the teacher candidate’s preference list).
Since rural and local CFE self-placements are usually assigned between mid-December to mid-January, it is hard to pinpoint a date when a teacher candidate should have their self-placement firmed up. If a teacher candidate wishes to be fairly confident about the chances of moving onto their chosen rural or local CFE, we highly recommend they connect with their international CFE self-placement partner immediately, and before November 15th, to confirm that the self-placement is a “go”.
Being proactive and confirming a self placement sooner, rather than later, can avoid some disappointment in the long run.
e) Is there a wait list for international CFE self-placements and how does this work?
Yes there is a wait list for international CFE self-placements. Explanations for how you get on to the list and how the wait list works, please read this wait list information.