Practica and Career Advising for Graduating Seniors
All majors in ABS must complete a senior practicum in a specialty area (for specific descriptions of these specialty areas, please visit on page on specialty areas). The ABS specialty areas and faculty advisors are listed below. Although any faculty member in ABS may advise you, you may want to contact a professor in your specialty area of interest for advising about specific course requirements, and for enrollment in practica.
In general, students who have already completed the prerequisites for enrollment in a specialty area practicum will need to meet with the appropriate practicum faculty advisor or attend the practica meetings required for some of the specialty areas.
Specialty Area Practica Enrollment Requirements
Adults with Disabilities
Students wishing to complete a senior practicum in Adults with Disabilities should meet with Professor Jim Sherman. Professor Sherman generally has a sign-up sheet on his door, 4052 Dole, for advising appointments.
Basic Research and Conceptual Foundations
Students interested in completing a senior practicum in the area of Basic Research and Conceptual Foundations should contact either Professor Dave Jarmolowicz or Professor Derek D. Reed
Community Health and Development
Students having already met the specialty area prerequisites (i.e., ABSC 150/151 and 310/311) are eligible for enrollment in practica. Students wishing to enroll for a fall practicum in the Community Health and Development specialty area (ABSC 690/691) must request enrollment by attending a pre-practicum enrollment meeting held at least one week prior to the fall enrollment period. Students are required to complete the practicum online tutorial, the practicum pre-enrollment profile, and attend the practicum enrollment meeting with the instructors. The tutorial and the profile can generally be completed during the practicum enrollment meeting. Generally, students in the spring practica are those students completing their second semester of the practicum. Students needing to request enrollment in the spring practicum for their first semester of practicum should contact Dr. Watson-Thompson to discuss enrollment options and availability. For more information regarding practicum advising in this specialty area, contact Professor Watson-Thompson.
Early Childhood Education
Students wishing to enroll for a practicum in the Early Childhood Education specialty area (ABS 675, 676, 677, 678, 680) must request enrollment by attending one of two available practicum sign-up meetings held each semester at least one week prior to enrollment. The meetings are generally held in the Dole 4th floor atrium. Students enrolling in an Educare (ABSC 677/678) or Sunnyside (ABSC 675/676) practicum are required to work in the classroom from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. or 1:45 – 5:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you plan to enroll in an autism practicum (ABSC 680), please see Professors Claudia Dozier, Pam Neidert, or Jim Sherman at one of the sign-up meetings for a description of the two different practicum options (Little Steps or KEAP). The hours for Little Steps are 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The hours for KEAP are 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Prior to attending the practicum sign-up meetings, students should review the timetable and draft a schedule that will accommodate practicum hours. Please be aware that practicum spots are limited and instructors may not be able to accommodate late requests for a practicum.
Organizational Behavior Management Research and Practice
Students wishing to enroll for a practicum in the Organizational Behavior Management specialty area must request enrollment by attending the practicum informational session held each semester at least one week prior to enrollment. The OBM practica have limited availability for students. If you are interested in this specialty area, contact Professor DiGennaro Reed.
Youth Development and Juvenile Justice
If you are interested in the Youth Development and Juvenile Justice practica, please make an appointment for advising with Professor Jan Sheldon. Professor Sheldon generally has a sign-up sheet on her office door – 4013 Dole.