HDFS 488A - Field Placement: Human Development and Family Studies

  • 5 - 8 credits

Course Description
This course provides students an opportunity to integrate HDFS classroom knowledge into real-world experiences. Students complete between 200-320 hours (5-8 credits) at an internship site established and approved by the HDFS Department. Weekly meetings with internship site supervisors foster the development of professional skills and feedback to enhance students’ performance, conduct, ethics, and communication skills for the workplace.

Course Learning Objectives
Upon successful completion of HDFS field placement (HDFS 488 A-E), students will be able to:
• Relate HDFS content knowledge and understanding of theory, research, and practice relevant to optimizing the development, health and well-being of individuals and families across the lifespan in the context of the larger social environment.
• Evaluate and interpret relevant information related to individuals and families from a variety of sources.
• Compare and contrast multiple points of view, including diverse and multicultural influences and perspectives in HDFS.
• Develop and implement effective collaboration, problem solving, and goal setting skills.
• Justify appropriate actions and behaviors in the context of professional ethics, conduct, and presentation including social media, email, and other arenas of presentation.
• Synthesize evidence about performance as professional and presentation of internship experience.

This course can be applied toward:


HDFS 477 (Professional Skills Development II) or concurrent registration; completion of 90 credits. Required background check through CBI, FBI; Human Development and Family Studies majors only. Instructor approval must be given prior to enrollment. You will be provided enrollment instructions once you and your site have been approved by the distance coordinator.

Important Information

All prerequisites must be completed or consent from the instructor given prior to enrollment. You will need the instructor's permission to register for this course as participation in the field placement process is required. Please register

If you register for this course after the start of the term, please contact the instructor at the time of registration. By contacting the instructor, students ensure they are added to the CANVAS section as soon as possible and have access to the course and details about the class requirements.

Textbooks and Materials

No textbook required.


Jennifer Reinke
Jennifer Reinke


Dr. Jennifer Reinke is an Associate Professor in the Human Development and Family Studies Department at CSU. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Certified Family Life Educator, and co-editor of Family Life Education: The Practice of Family Science. Dr. Reinke’s scholarly interests include the scholarship of teaching and learning in family science, autism and family, and best practices in supporting families that include a person with an intellectual or developmental disability. Prior to coming to CSU, Dr. Reinke was a tenured faculty member and Program Director of the Human Development and Family Studies faculty at the University of Wisconsin – Stout.