The Practicum


To receive your MCATD (Masters Certificate in Adult Training and Development), you must attend and complete all five core program modules. Once all five modules have been completed you then submit a practicum report, within the policy timeline, for successful program completion.

The practicum report provides you with an opportunity to apply new concepts and skills from the modules and reflect on your learning. The idea is to apply new learning from this program, so we strongly recommend you do something you haven’t done before. 
You are responsible for arranging your own practicum. If you’re looking for an opportunity outside your workplace, consider contacts among your fellow students, contacting a community or volunteer organization that can use your expertise, or promoting an event on your own among friends or for the general public. A practicum placement at your workplace is acceptable, as long as it is a new initiative that can add value to your learning from the MCATD and benefit your employer.

There are three practicum options available through MCATD

The first two practicum options offered through the MCATD (Masters Certificate in Adult Training & Development) are: Option 1: ADDIE (Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation (i.e. Facilitation), Evaluation) and Option 2: ID (Skill Demonstration in Instructional Design). Option 3 is our partnership with the IPL (Institute for Performance and Learning, formerly CSTD) to obtain your CTDP certification, which must include the skill demo.



Skill Demo in Instructional Design

  • The focus of this option is your demonstration of and reflection on the design and delivery of training for adult learners. 
  • Given this focus, you will draw on your learning in all modules. The emphasis will be on your critical evaluation of the results you achieve in areas where you set specific learning objectives for yourself.
  • The focus of this option is to demonstrate a good grasp of the essentials of instructional design through applying the steps of the instructional design process introduced in Module 3, to design effective training for a specific group of adult learners.
  • Given this focus, you will draw primarily from your learning in module 3. (Emphasis on module 2 will depend on the project you select.)
Primary Purpose for Selection
  • To practice a particular skill (e.g., facilitation, conflict management, interventions)
  • To gather and respond to learner feedback on your design and facilitation
  • To prepare for the IPL facilitation track. 
  • To practice each step in the instructional design process
  • To receive feedback from an expert in instructional design
  • To prepare for the IPL design track.
  • Evaluation is based on the quality of your reflection – what you did, how well it worked and what you would do differently next time.
  • Your learning will take place regardless of the success of your session, and that should be reflected in your report.
  • The assessment is Pass, or Incomplete, with an opportunity to resubmit part or all of an incomplete practicum.
  • See specific evaluation criteria for the ADDIE option by clicking here.
  • Evaluation is based on the principles and practices of instructional design as outlined in Module 3.
  • You must meet the basic standards of effective instructional design, including a detailed task analysis, application-level objectives and level 2 evaluation.
  • The assessment is Pass, or Incomplete, with an opportunity to resubmit part or all of an incomplete practicum.
  • See specific evaluation criteria for Skill Demonstration Option by clicking here.
  • Must include at least 4 hours of facilitation. This may be comprised of two different four-hour sessions delivered to the same audience, or the same two-hour session delivered twice - to two different audiences.
  • Each session should have no less than 6 participants.
  • May be "training" or "development - i.e., could focus on knowledge or attitudes with a longer term focus.
  • Session can be co-designed and/or co-facilitated (maximum of 2 partners, but you must be equal partners in all aspects of the design and facilitation.) You must each prepare and submit an individual proposal and report that includes reflection on the training, and what you learned as a result of the partnership.
  • May be self-study or facilitated by someone else.
  • Must be “training” – i.e., preparing people to perform a specific task.
  • Content must include one or more specific tasks, and may range from relatively complex (e.g. manage a project) to relatively simple (e.g. prepare a resume)
  • Must include a task analysis, application level learning objectives and matching practice activities.
  • Report must include learning materials (or link to program or screen captures if e-learning and facilitator materials (or storyboards if e-learning)
** Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation (i.e., Facilitation), Evaluation

The CTDP Option through the MCATD Partnership with the IPL (Institute for Performance and Learning, formerly CSTD)

The third MCATD practicum option is to obtain your CTDP (Certified Training & Development Professional) designation with the IPL (Institute for Performance and Learning).

You must complete all five core modules of the MCATD program before you write the exam and submit the skill demo with the IPL, while remaining within the MCATD one year timeline for practicum completion. The CTDP Senior Portfolio Assessment does not meet the requirements of the MCATD program practicum option 3. The IPL portfolio is a submission of paperwork supporting the candidate’s career in learning and development. It is not a practical demonstration of skill.

The Institute for Performance and Learning charges a fee for certification. Please contact them directly for more information at

If you intend to pursue this third practicum option you need to register for your practicum choice:

Please inform the program office of your intended timeline for completion and when you have obtained your CTDP designation so we can provide your MCATD masters certificate.

Completing the Practicum

1.  Remitting the Practicum Fee

In order for your practicum proposal and eventually your completed practicum report to be assessed, you need to register your practicum choice here:

We must receive your payment BEFORE your proposal/practicum report can be assessed.

2.  Submitting Your Practicum Proposal

You must submit an electronic copy of your practicum proposal.

Your practicum advisor will respond to you directly within TWO WEEKS. Please wait for this approval before you proceed. Payment of the practicum fee must be submitted at this time. 

3.  Writing Your Practicum Report

The evaluation criteria for the practicum option you have selected will help you structure your report and decide how much information to provide. Be sure to reference and include any materials required to address the evaluation criteria.

4.  Submitting Your Practicum Report & Materials

To receive credit, please submit your completed practicum report electronically. Your practicum advisor will respond to you directly within ONE MONTH.

Once your completed practicum has been submitted, within your timeline of one year after the date of your last module, any request from your practicum advisor for changes or clarification must be completed and re-submitted within TWO WEEKS of the request, unless otherwise arranged with your practicum reviewer.

Role of the Practicum Advisor

The practicum advisor’s role is to evaluate your ability to apply skills you have learned during the Certificate Program, using the practicum submission as the basis for a “pass” or “incomplete” grade.

Your practicum advisor does this by:
1. Reviewing and approving your practicum proposal
This may include providing you with guidance to ensure you meet all the practicum requirements for the option you selected in a way that will help you apply, integrate and evaluate your practicum experience effectively.
2. Reviewing your practicum and assigning a “pass” or “incomplete” grade
You will have an opportunity to resubmit all or part of an incomplete practicum.
Please note that the Practicum Advisor does not provide feedback on drafts of your training materials or other aspects of the program. We recommend you arrange for this kind of feedback with your practicum client, if possible. 

Practicum Completion Policy

The completed practicum component must be submitted within 1 year after the last of the five modules has been completed. Extensions for the practicum due date will not be considered unless there is a medical reason. One month's notice with the accompanying medical certificate is required to request an extension to the practicum due date.

Practicum Advisors


Louise Grummitt , M.Ed., CTDP

Louise combines a love of learning and expertise in instructional design with exemplary management skills to provide exceptional service as a performance consultant, project manager and instructional designer. She has over 30 years experience in instructional design, and has worked closely with clients in financial services, retail, manufacturing, high technology, the non-profit sector and government. While she continues to design traditional classroom learning, her current focus is the design of e-learning and e-classroom programs.

Louise wrote the CSTD Competencies for Training and Development, which has been a top 10 business book for much of the past four years. She designed and facilitated the original Module 3 at OISE 18 years ago, and has reworked the session over the years to meet the changing needs of participants and the industry. Louise has been a Managing Partner with Benchmark Performance, a Toronto-based performance consulting and instructional design company, for the past 15 years.


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Chris Hutcheson

Chris Hutcheson is the president of IDEA Ltd., a training solutions consultancy. A graduate of the Certificate in Adult Education - Developing Human Resources Focus program at OISE/UT, he has nearly 30 years experience in the training & development field, and has developed and conducted many workshops on presentations, trainer training and management development for a variety of private and public sector organizations. He is the author of the Learning Style Questionnaire, published by HRD Press. Chris is one of our two Practicum Supervisors. For more information, please visit

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