EDUC 450: Diversity in Learning Placements

The Service-Learning for Diversity program is an optional offering within the “EDUC 450: Diversity in Learning” course in the winter semester of our BEd program. Tied in with the regular course work, students undertake a weekly service-learning community placement at an agency partner. Led and collaboratively designed by our community partners, this program offers Education students the chance to gain first-hand experience working with children and youth from a variety of diverse backgrounds.

While all Education students must take EDUC 450 before they graduate, the Service-Learning for Diversity program is an optional extension to enhance your experience in the course. Students who are accepted into this program will be moved into one of the EDUC 450 service-learning sections. These sections happen on the same day/time as other on-campus EDUC 450 sections. Students must be willing to be swapped into the appropriate sections in order to participate. Details about this year's service-learning sections are available in the registration guide.

What's Involved

Work with children and youth...

Participating students will have the chance to work in community agency placements in programs that serve LGBTQ youth, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis children and youth, children and youth with disabilities, and children and youth from immigrant and refugee backgrounds.

Fit to your schedule...

Placements are around 3 hours a week for the entire duration of the course. Most community placements take place Monday through Friday, between 3:00 and 6:00pm; however, the program offers some daytime, weekend, and evening options as well.

Make connections...

Students in the Service-Learning sections of EDUC 450 will integrate their service placements with their course content, connecting critical concepts with situations they experience in the real world.

Applications for the Winter 2022 Cohort are now closed.

Service-Learning for Diversity Timeline

This timeline is for students who are interested in applying to be a part of the Service-Learning for Diversity cohort. Students will apply the September they take EDUC 450 in the Winter semester.



Applications for participating in the Service-Learning for Diversity section of EDUC 450 open at the beginning of the Fall semester.

Orientation and Community Fair


A chance for you to learn more about the expectations for your placement, and to connect with available community partners

Matching and Getting Started


After you rank your preferred placements at the community fair, we'll match you with one of your choices before the Winter break.

Once you have been matched, you'll meet with your community mentor and take care of any paperwork specific to your placement.


January to March 

Your placements will run alongside your EDUC 450 course in the Winter semester, and finish in time for you to begin Field 2 in mid-March.