Starting freshman year, Wheelock College students gain real-life experience in their prospective fields. Students are given a field placement as a component of the human growth and development course taken by every first-year student. Working in the field gives students the opportunity to engage with children and families, observe their behavior, and apply what they are learning in the classroom. Wheelock students say they appreciate the numerous benefits they receive from field placements, especially being able to list work experience on their resumes when they begin their post-college job search.
The Field Experience Office is responsible for the field-based experiences of all Wheelock students, both graduate and undergraduate with the exception of Social Work. Wheelock students complete practicum and clinical experiences in over 285 programs serving children and families throughout the metropolitan Boston area. In keeping with the vision of the College, we seek placements that offer students opportunities to work in settings rich in diversity. The placements reflect the College’s historic involvement in the community and emphasize the importance of dynamic integration of theoretical and practical knowledge.