Stephen F. Austin State University

Practicum & Advisory Boards


Students majoring in Human Development and Family Studies are required to enroll in a three-credit hour class which includes 100 hours of coursework in addition to a 200-hour practicum experience. The purpose of the practicum is to provide the student with hands-on, direct experience in the field of work that they wish to pursue. Practicums are ideally completed in the last semester of senior year. Practicum sites should be related to the student's career interests and objectives.

The final placement decision depends upon agreements between the student, faculty supervisor and an agency representative.

Students must earn a grade of A or B or the required practicum must be repeated. Letter grades are assigned by the faculty supervisor. With faculty supervision, students make arrangements for appropriate practicum placements while enrolled in the pre-practicum course.

Human Development and Family Studies students have had successful practicum experiences at diverse sites in the local community as well as in the metropolitan areas of Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio, Texas.

In order to assist our students, the Faculty have created a Practicum Handbook for students to utilize and refer to when preparing for their practicum experience.

Past Practicum/Internship sites have included:

HDFS Advisory Board

The Human Development & Family Studies program is guided by professionals within our field to ensure that we are preparing students to be successful in meeting industry and employer demands. The Advisory Boards meet every spring semester.

Nacogdoches & Lufkin Advisory Board Members

Tyler Advisory Board Members