The Practicum Experience: Early in their degree programs, typically as sophomores or juniors, students can choose to participate in a practicum experience that exposes them to hands-on experience in programs that serve youth, families, and the aging (HDFS 286). The practicum counts toward the HDFS Concentration, Early Childhood Professions Concentration, and Prevention and Intervention Sciences Concentration. The Practicum can also be taken by students in other concentrations, as an elective course.
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Please note that there are different processes for local (within 30 miles of CSU) and distance (more than 30 miles from CSU) placements.
Mandatory Practicum meetings are scheduled during the semester prior to participation in either of these courses. For example, students planning on taking practicum in the Spring would attend the meeting during the previous Fall semester. Similarly, students planning on taking practicum in the Fall or Summer would attend the meeting during the previous Spring semester.
Background Checks: Please note: ALL students wishing to enroll in HDFS 286 (Practicum) will need to complete and pass a background check PRIOR to the first day of class. If you do not complete and/or pass the background check, you will be not be able to continue in the class that semester. If you have questions, please contact the practicum coordinator and/or your assigned HDFS advisor.
Please note - The practicum placement is not a guaranteed process. Students who register for HDFS 286 and miss any necessary steps, including any of the steps in the placement process will be asked to drop HDFS 286 and forfeit will their place in the practicum program for the semester. Students can always apply to complete the practicum in a future semester.
Mandatory Placement Procedures
On-Campus PRACTICUM Placement Procedure
Online PRACTICUM Placement Procedure
If you plan to take HDFS 286 through CSU Online (www.online.colostate.edu) the mandatory placement process will typically occur before online registration opens.