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Practicum Experiences and Research Mentorships

Students in the Applied Professional Track are required to take two semesters of PSY-PC 7950: Child Development Practicum (Applied Professional) in conjunction with a field placement position. Students are matched with a community site based on their interests and career goals, a process that is facilitated by program advisors in the semester prior to each placement. Placements may last one or more semesters, based on individual progress and course objectives. The nature of the 10-hour/week commitment varies significantly depending on the specific site. Students may work in such endeavors as developing community programs, providing developmental tutoring services, or writing educational curricula. Sample practicum placements are listed under each Area of Concentration.

Students in the Empirical Research Track are required to take two semesters of PSY 7951: Child Development Practicum (Empirical Research) in conjunction with a research lab position, which serves as the practicum field placement. Students are matched with a research lab and faculty mentor based on students’ interests and lab availability, a process that is facilitated by the program advisors and initiated during the summer session prior to students’ first fall semester. The research lab placement is intended to last for the full duration (approximately two years) of the M.Ed. in Child Studies program, in order to allow for students’ development in their chosen area of research. The 10-hour/week commitment typically requires such responsibilities as attendance at research lab meetings, participation in ongoing research projects, conducting reviews of relevant literature, engaging in general professional development activities, and preparing conference-ready posters or presentations and/or publication-ready articles and manuscripts. Sample research mentorships are listed under each Area of Concentration.