HDFS 488E - Field Placement: Leadership/Entrepreneurship

  • 5 - 8 credits

Course Description

Applications and integration of human development and family background within professional settings.
This course provides students with an opportunity to expand upon the skills developed during the field placement. In order to accomplish this, students will participate in a variety of activities and assignments that will examine the field placement experience and how it relates to life as a professional. At the completion of this course, students will possess an understanding of resources available within the community to assist them in continued career development. A final goal in this class is to provide a safe, structured environment where students can process their experiences. An internship site is an excellent place to take chances, create new projects, make mistakes, and receive both positive feedback and corrective criticism from others.

Course Learning Objectives

(These are to communicate the observable and measurable student learning outcomes for every course offering.)

  • Display 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.
  • Exhibit effective written and oral communication skills appropriate to the field of human development and family studies, including use of technology for presentations.
  • 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.

This course can be applied toward:


HDFS 477 (Professional Skills Development II) or concurrent registration. 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.

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 textbooks 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.