Field Placements

CESD People's GardenStudents in their third and fourth year of CESD will apply concepts, theories, and methods from their coursework in community-based field placements. The two courses in the CESD program that require a weekly seminar class and a field placement component are CESD 3017 (150-hour field placement) and CESD 4015 (300-hour field placement).

The placement component provides a planned and supervised learning experience in an approved setting.

Field placements are an integral component of a student’s education because they offer students with the following opportunities:

  • To apply knowledge and skills acquired in the academic component of the program;
  • To reflect on their practices, evaluate their competencies, and identify their learning goals;
  • To strengthen their ability to analyze the links between social and economic issues;
  • To become familiar with the process of community development in the workplace;
  • To acquire experience with community development practice, policies, and procedures;
  • To develop an understanding of the broad range of community economic and social development agencies and organizations; and
  • To prepare for entry into a CESD-related profession.

Our CESD students are a diverse group of people who offer a range of strengths, skills, interests, experiences, and learning objectives to the field placement setting. The combination of skills, interests, and organizational needs will contribute to the actual placement learning activities. Some of these learning activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Strategic planning;
  • Community-based research;
  • Program development/implementation;
  • Project management/administration;
  • Public education/presentations;
  • Event planning/promotions/marketing;
  • Community outreach;
  • Proposal and grant writing;
  • Policy analysis/policy development; and
  • Program evaluation.

Students have been placed at organizations such as:

  • Children’s Aid Society
  • Chiefs of Ontario
  • Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • North Shore Tribal Council
  • NORDIK Institute
  • Algoma District School Board
  • Batchewana First Nation – Economic Development
  • Garden River First Nation – Economic Development
  • United Way
  • Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site
  • Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • New to the Sault
  • Sault Ste. Marie Indian Friendship Centre

CESD Field Placement Forms


If you have any questions about Community Development field placement, please contact:

Margaret Neveau
CESD Program and Learning Support Coordinator
705-949-2301, ext. 4349
Office: SH 419