HDFS 286 - Practicum-Professional Skills

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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.

This course can be applied toward:


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 Day Halsey by email at day.halsey@colostate.edu for more information about placements.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Ed. (2010)
    Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.


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