The Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences requires a six credit hour applied or research practicum that deals with children, families, or individuals in some capacity. Students can meet this requirement with either HDF 652P or HDF 652F, which are applied practicum in a field setting that is completed in one semester, or with two HDF 355s, which are research practicum and usually spread out over two semesters. HDF 352L and HDF 352 can also meet the practicum requirement; however, they are rarely offered, and students should not plan to take these courses to meet their practicum requirement.
HDF 352 and 352L: A field practicum, 10 hours per week, with a weekly two-hour seminar. Students are placed at sites in the community that serve children, families or individuals. This course is rarely offered and cannot be repeated for credit. Students should not plan to take HDF 352 as a means of meeting their practicum requirement.
HDF 652F: A field practicum; 20 hours per week for one semester with a two-hour bi-weekly seminar. Placement occurs at sites in the community that serve children, families, and/or individuals. Under the supervision of a trained professional and depending on the site, students can be exposed to and gain experience in client interaction, awareness of individual needs, communication and planning, family dynamics, human development, family life education, assessments, facilities management, and group processes. There is a required all-day orientation held the day before classes start in the fall semester; for the spring semester, it is either the day before classes start or the first day of class (dependent on when MLK Day falls).
HDF 652P: A field practicum; 20 hours per week for one semester, with a two-hour weekly seminar. Placement occurs at either the Priscilla Pond Flawn Child and Family Lab School or at sites in the community that serve young children and their families. Under the supervision of a trained professional, students can be exposed to and gain experience that involve young children, including management, parent interaction and support, assessment and planning for group and individual needs, communication, family dynamics, and direct classroom teaching. A required orientation is the first Friday of class.
HDF 355: A research practicum; 10 hours a week for one semester; repeated a second semester. Student placement occurs with a professor in HDF. Students gain a deeper understanding of the theoretical framework of human development and family sciences and learn a variety of skills related to research, such as research methodology, coding, and interview skills. A paper or independent project related to the research experiences is required. May be repeated for credit.
PRACTICUM COURSE LOAD LIMITATIONS
Students take the applied practicum, HDF 652F or 652P, their last semester, with the exception of summer school (the applied practicum does not meet in the summer). It is best if students take no additional coursework along with the applied practicum, as it is a professional placement and students need to be able to devote their emotional time and energy to their site. Students are denied placement if they exceed 12 credit hours. A letter is provided for Insurance and scholarships, if needed. This letter is not valid for financial aid. Students should discuss with their financial aid officer any financial aid concerns or questions for their practicum semester.