Fieldwork Education

Interested in becoming a Fieldwork Educator? This section of the website will provide you with helpful information on how to take on a student, benefits of becoming a Fieldwork Educator, and making your student experience a positive one.

As Fieldwork educators, you facilitate the learning of students by creating a climate to promote the development of knowledge, skills, behaviours, and attitudes relevant to occupational therapy. As a fieldwork educator, your role will involve:

  1. Integrating a student program into the fieldwork setting,
  2. Modeling professional practice behaviours,
  3. Guiding student practice within the setting, and
  4. Providing formal and informal feedback and evaluation on performance to the student and appropriate university personnel.

To learn more about becoming a Fieldwork Educator, or how to become an accreditated fieldwork site, see the following useful brochures:

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions is a resource for answers to common questions about the UBC Fieldwork Education component of the MOT curriculum. If you have a question that is not posted, please email it to the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and we will post the answer for everyone to view.

To become a Fieldwork Educator, you must be a qualified Occupational Therapist who has full registration with the College of Occupational Therapists of BC. You do not need to have a Master's degree to supervise a student. Site accreditation involves completing a site profile and a signed agreement with UBC. For further details, contact the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator.

It is recommended that you have at least one year of experience before you educate your first student. We also recommend attending one of the full day free workshops

The length of placements varies. This chart details the location and length of placements in the program. For each calendar year, please refer to the Dates for 2010 Fieldwork Placements.

MOT Year 1:

Academic Courses Level 1 FW. Academic Courses Level 2 FW Academic Courses
Aug–Dec (14 wks) Jan-Feb (5 wks) Feb – April (11 weeks) May-June (7 weeks) June-July (5 weeks)

MOT Year 2:

Academic Courses Level 2 FW Academic Courses Level 3 FW x 2 Academic Courses
Aug-Oct (8 weeks) Nov-Dec (7 weeks) Jan–Feb (6 weeks) Feb–May (2 weeks) May-Aug (6 weeks of class,
8 weeks to complete
research project)

Yes, it is possible for students to have more than one supervisor. This may be the case when supervisors work part-time.

This will depend on many factors, but generally, Fieldwork Educators are expected to give students adequate orientation to the site and practice setting, set regular (usually weekly) meetings to check-in with the student and discuss casework, and provide adequate opportunities for learning and evaluation. Although this may seem like a lot of additional work, becoming a Fieldwork Educator is meant to be an enriching experience, both for the student and for the Educator. For more information on the roles and responsibilities of the Educator, see the Fieldwork Site Manual, and/or contact the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator.

In short: yes! Students from other countries wishing to come to BC for a fieldwork placement should have their university’s fieldwork coordinator connect directly with clinicians to set up their placements. UBC is not involved in placing international students. Out-of-province students, however, cannot directly arrange their own fieldwork placements. Instead, UBC works with other Canadian institutions to place out-of-province students, in keeping with the process established by the Canadian University Fieldwork Educators Committee.

The benefits are many! Please read 10 Reasons to Take a Student. Begin to generate your own list of benefits for educating a student.

Of course you can! We encourage our students to have opportunities in every facet of OT practice including research, administration, community development & cooperative placements. If you would like to discuss any of these options, please email the OT Academic Fieldwork Coordinator.