Distant & "Alternative" Placements

Winter 2022 Distant Placement Applications Now Open!

Applications for Distant Placements for B.Ed. students doing their Fourth Field Experience (FE4) in Winter 2022 are NOW OPEN!

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Take note: Applications for Distant Placements are open for FE4 in Winter 2022, pending travel and health advisories, and University and government regulations. All or some of these placements are subject to future cancellation, depending on new or continued advisories and regulations.


Take note: Distant and "alternative" placements are only possible for B.Ed. 4th Field Experience. In some cases, "alternative" placements can be done for the 2nd Field Experience. MATL students can only do an Internship at an Adult Education setting for their 2nd Internship.

Distant and "alternative" placements are enriching and challenging experiences, however, they should only be undertaken by Student Teachers who have conducted a thorough assessment of their own strengths and weaknesses and are prepared for the unique challenges and opportunities. 

In general, Student Teachers who are successful in undertaking a distant or "alternative" placement are: 

  • Proactive, resourceful, independent and enjoy new experiences; capable of identifying goals and making concrete plans to achieve them
  • Mature, have sound judgment and can adjust expectations; experienced in managing complex and/or stressful situations 
  • Comfortable being separated from support networks (e.g. friends, family, routine, etc.); comfortable with ICT (e.g. Skype, Dropbox, etc.) 
  • Prepared to experience differences in communication and cultural "norms" (if travelling abroad) 

Prior to considering a distant or "alternative" placement, Student Teachers should conduct a through self-assessment to evaluate whether or not they believe that they possess these key qualities. 

Students should consult the details below and, if necessary, contact their Placement Coordinator for more details. 


Alternative Placements

"Alternative" placements (i.e. non-mainstream) encompass a wide range of opportunities (including adult education and outreach/"specific need" schools).

These type of placements are only arranged by the ISA.


  1. Minimum CGPA of 3.00
  2. Strong evaluation reports in previous Field Experiences (consistent marks of 'Thorough' or 'Advanced')
  3. See table below for program and placement eligibility

How to Apply

  1. Indicate your interest in doing an alternative placement in the "Comments" section of your placement form.

  2. Email placements.education [at] mcgill.ca with the following criteria:

    • short personal statement (outlining reasons for applying and suitability)
    • Current CV (FE4 and IN2 applications only)

All placement requests are subject to availability at the host board/school and final approval for all alternative opportunities lies with the ISA Director.  You may also be asked to interview at the school.

The usual professional competencies and assessment forms apply to Alternative Placements; however, Supervisors and Co-operating Teachers are advised to consider the unique contexts of these placements during evaluations.


Adult Education

Including (but not limited to), EMSB Adult Education CentresPlace Cartier Adult Education CentrePACC Adult Education

NOTE: Students in the B.Ed. and MATL Secondary ELA and Math programs may be placed in adult education centre placements, even if not specifically requested.

B.Ed. Secondary



B.Ed. FE2, FE3 & FE4 (cannot do for both FE3 & FE4)


Work-Oriented Training Path (WOTP) Prework Training This path is intended to give students practical training for the workplace, while pursuing general education adapted to their needs. The purpose of Prework Training to prepare students for the demands of life in society and the world of work. Available at EMSB and LBPSB.

B. Ed. Secondary

B.Ed. FE2 & FE4
Outreach/"Specific Need" Including (but not limited to), EMSB Outreach Schools (Perspectives, Options, Focus, etc.) B.Ed. Secondary B.Ed. FE2 & FE4
Special Needs Including (but not limited to), EMSB Special Needs Schools and Giant Steps School, or Alternative Learning Programs in a mainstream school (e.g. PCHS) B.Ed. K/Elem, Secondary, Phys. Ed.

B.Ed. FE2 & FE4

*placements may be exceptionally permitted for FE3 on a case-by-case basis, at the discretion of the ISA Director, provided the student has significant experience in this setting and there is a strong argument for doing their FE3 in an alternative school.

Jewish General Hospital

Psychiatry Unit's Day School Program
Involves working with patients/pupils in a multi-disciplinary team; patients/pupils will eventually be re-integrated into their regular school.

B.Ed. K/Elem

*Bilingual preferred*

B.Ed. FE2 & FE4


Distant Placements

Placements outside of Greater Montreal (i.e. within Quebec, within Canada, or internationally) are possible for B.Ed.4th Field Experience (not for MATL). Distant placements may either be organized by the ISA Office or be self-directed (i.e. arranged/organized by the Student Teacher). 



  1. Minimum CGPA of 3.00
  2. Strong evaluation reports in previous Field Experiences (consistent marks of 'Thorough' or 'Advanced'), in particular FE3
    • Students who are doing FE3 after the application deadline (i.e. doing FE3 in Fall and FE4 the following Winter) will receive tentative acceptances, contingent on their FE3 evaluations. Priority may be given during selection to applicants who have already completed FE3 by the application deadline.
  3. Valid passport (if travelling outside of Canada)
  4. B.Ed. Student doing 4th Field Experience (FE4) 

How to Apply

Self-Directed Distant Placements

Students who wish to seek out a self-directed distant placement for B.Ed. 4th Field Experience must handle all aspects of coordination; however, as with all placements, final approval rests with the ISA Director.

Learn more about self-directed distant placements here.

Take note: Self-Directed Distant Placements can only be your 1st choice when applying!


Opportunities Arranged by the ISA

  1. Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria (see above)
  2. Complete the "Distance Opportunity Request - FE4" webform by the stated deadline. You will be asked to upload your:
    • 1 page letter of intent (outlining reasons for applying and suitability)
    • Current CV
  3. Attend an interview with the ISA Director (scheduled after the application deadline)

All placement requests are subject to availability at the host board/school and final approval for all distant opportunities lies with the ISA Director.


Distant Placement Options

There are two major distant placement opportunities, arranged by ISA with partners in and out of McGill. For both these opportunities, accommodation and transportation are provided AND organized for you by ISA. These opportunities require less organization and arrangements on the part of student teachers and involve longstanding, established relationships with external partners.

  1. Indigenous Communities in Quebec

  2. Hong Kong (TESL only)

ISA also has other opportunities available to FE4 students teachers, subject to availability and approval. Funding for accommodation and/or travel MAY be available; however, student teachers will need to organize and arrange these. The ISA only coordinates the placement for these opportunities and will connect you to our partners so you can arrange the rest.

Click here for comprehensive information on all Distant Placement options.

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