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HDFS 286 - Practicum-Professional Skills

Observational and applied experiences with children, adolescents, adults, or families. Exploration of professional skills and opportunities.

Course Learning Objectives:

  • Develop professional skills at a practicum site pertinent to lifespan interests.
  • Demonstrate skill in observation techniques.
  • Strengthen understanding of routine duties and experiences at each site.
  • Establish goals to maximize practicum experience.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of ethical issues and codes of conduct at placement sites.

The Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) practicum course (HDFS 286) is encouraged for all HDFS majors during the second or third year of their degree completion. The HDFS Practicum course is a career exploration and experiential course and offers students the opportunity to observe individuals/families throughout the lifespan and apply the knowledge gained from their HDFS coursework.

Upon enrollment, students will work closely with the placement coordinator to ensure an appropriate placement. There are registration restrictions for non-CSU students. Please contact the instructor if you are not currently enrolled at CSU and are interested in this course.


HDFS 101 (Individual and Family Development); completion of 30 credits; required background check through CBI, FBI; major in Human Development and Family Studies or Early Childhood Education only

Important Information

All prerequisites must be completed or consent from the instructor given prior to enrollment.

In this course, students participate in a hands-on work experience in a setting closely aligned with their career plans, and it is important to work closely with the placement coordinator to ensure appropriate placement. Therefore, permission is required to enroll in this class; contact the field placement coordinator.

Please contact Dr. Jennifer Reinke by email at for more information about placements.