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“Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.” – John Dewey


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The Field Practicum is a form of experiential learning where one may shadow, observe, and take on increasing responsibility at a work placement in a HDFS related field. The course consists of 2 parts: an academic course intended to integrate HDFS theories and content as well as 18 hours a week under the supervision of a trained professional at a community site. The HDF 652F/652P Field Practicum course also carries an Independent Inquiry Flag. Please see the following link for more information: https://ugs.utexas.edu/flags/students

Requirements: Students must have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA, register for a maximum of 12 credit hours (including the 6 practicum credit hours) the semester they complete the practicum, and apply 2 semesters in advance.

Please note: Previous students consider this a demanding course; it requires 18 hours on site plus a 1 hour weekly seminar. Please evaluate your courseload and all outside obligations when deciding which semester to take this course.

Please see the Application Procedure page for more information.

Students should not plan to take the Field Experience courses HDF 352 or 352L to meet this requirement unless placed at the UT Lab School for two consecutive semesters.