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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 work, shadow, and/or observe at a community partner placement site in a HDFS related field. The course consists of 2 parts: 1) an academic course intended to integrate HDFS theories and content into the practicum and 2) 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 and time dedicated to course assignments related to an independent inquiry flag. Please evaluate your courseload and all outside obligations when deciding which semester to take this course.

Please see the Application Procedure tab on the left of this page for more information. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Natalie Ammon, Practicum Coordinator, at hdfs.practicum@utexas.edu with your UTEID, your year in school, the type of practicum you are interested in (field or research), and the semester you would like to take the course.