Learning Outside the Classroom
Experiential learning is an essential part of the Redeemer experience. It enables you to take theories learned in the classroom and apply them in a variety of “real world” settings. Not only will this benefit your education, it will also help you in planning and preparing for your career. That’s why Redeemer incorporates a variety of experiential learning opportunities—co-operative education, internships, practicums, and off-campus study programs—directly into our academic programs. Checkout the Centre For Experiential Learning and Careers to learn more.
"By providing experiential learning opportunities for his students, Dr. Berkelaar teaches that learning can happen both in and outside of the classroom." Read More
Dr. Edward Berkelaar
Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Studies and Geography
"What’s been so great about my program is seeing those theories and ideas at play in the world, intertwining with my daily life. " Read More
Politics - International Relations
"Graham Cubitt helps to create affordable housing for people living with a disability and helps run Hamilton's only non-profit community-owned grocery store." Read More
"As Owner and Head Roaster of Relay Coffee Roasters, Jason Hofing is bringing about positive changes to the downtown Hamilton community he calls home." Read More
Theatre Arts and Psychology and Education
One of the most effective ways to apply concepts you learn in the classroom and to enhance soft skills is through our co-op programs offered in Business – Accounting, Business – Marketing, Business – Management, Business – Not-for-Profit Management, Kinesiology, and Urban and Intercultural Ministry. Students will first participate in career development and job search classes to prepare for the work-integrated learning experiences offered in their field. Students complete two eight-month work terms, receiving encouragement and coaching along the way. Learn more about Co-operative Education at Redeemer.
Receive academic credit for internships in local or global organizations. These practical, hands-on experiences are designed to help prepare you for a future career. They are required or optional courses in many majors: business, environmental studies, health sciences, politics and international studies, kinesiology, media and communication studies, psychology, sociology, social work and youth ministry. During internship placements, you are mentored by both your placement supervisor and a Redeemer instructor. For more about internships, view the Academic Calendar.
Practicums provide Redeemer’s Education students with an introduction to working as a classroom teacher. Practicums give you the opportunity to see the connection between theory and practice, and to be part of a continued conversation among experienced professionals, education students and faculty. Practicums are designed to provide extensive opportunity for guided practice. They range from initial classroom observation to increased responsibility for student learning, classroom management, assessment and instruction. The responsibility of the teacher candidate begins with assisting individual students, continues with leading small groups and concludes with sustained periods of whole-group instruction. These opportunities facilitate the transition from being novices-in-training to becoming effective teachers ready to assume full responsibility as professional educators. For more about practicums in Redeemer’s Education degree, view the Academic Calendar.
Practicums are also used in the English writing stream and theatre arts program to provide opportunities to practice your craft while earning academic credit. For more information, view the Academic Calendar.
Community Service Learning
By meaningful, reflective service in the community, CSL students are serving to learn, and learning to serve. Hamilton is a diverse city with unique needs and opportunities; for over 25 years, Redeemer students have been making a positive impact in various lower-city Hamilton communities. There are many ways to get involved and make a difference in the diverse communities that surround Redeemer. Our students get involved with ministries to refugees, street-involved populations, or at-risk youth; the opportunities are endless!
Community Engagement in Hamilton allows you to:
- Meet and understand those with different experiences.
- Live out your faith through word and action.
- Meet others who also want to make a difference.
- Gain valuable work experience and meet potential employers.
Other Forms of Experiential Learning
Art exhibitions and music recitals also give you a chance to practice and hone your creative skills. Experience first-hand what it is like to publicly showcase your work.
Independent research projects in chemistry, environmental studies, health sciences, and mathematics provide students with a chance to plan and carry out a departmentally-approved research project.
Student involvement in faculty research projects provide yet another way to learn by doing, in a variety of exciting areas such as facial recognition, virtue ethics, and water quality.
Where around the world do you want to go? Redeemer allows you to study at universities and organizations across the globe, all while fulfilling your academic requirements.
- Northern Michigan, the Florida Everglades, Washington’s Pacific Rim and South India through the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies
- Vancouver, to study at the Canada Institute of Linguistics
- Belize or New Zealand, for the Creation Care Studies program
- The Netherlands, as part of the SPICE program
- Ottawa’s Laurentian Leadership Centre
- Montpellier in France, to study at the Université Paul-Valéry
- England’s Oxford University
Learn more about Off-Campus Studies at Redeemer.