Human Growth and Development Field Placement
Field placement is the signature of a Wheelock education. Through our Human Growth and Development program our students gain professional experience in their first year at Wheelock. Students will have a different field experience each semester. In the fall, HGD students are working with children from birth to six years of age. In the spring, sites vary from after school programs serving elementary school students to middle and high school settings. Other options in the spring include adult day care programs, homes for the elderly and community agencies.
Field Experience Office: The Urban Commitment
The Field Experience Office works with Wheelock students, faculty, and site partners to enrich students’ learning and preparation for professional practice through fieldwork, practicum, and internship experiences that are interwoven with the academic program. Our students do their field work in schools, hospitals, community agencies, and programs primarily in the Boston, Brookline, and Cambridge communities. Consistent with our Academic Guiding Principles, the College emphasizes diverse and inclusive settings that build students’ capacity to become professionals who work effectively with all of America’s children and families.
1. Check your Wheelock email account daily!
The Human Growth and Development (HGD) Field Coordinator will be communicating with students via email to notify students of important dates, deadlines, and reminders pertaining to HGD.
2. Attend the First Year Introduction (FYI) on campus to learn more about the Human Growth and Development Field Placement process.
FYI is taking place on Friday June 17th (All Day) and Saturday June 18th (8:30am-1pm)
- Review the Experience Scale prior to selecting your site for field placement
- Select your placement for Fall 2016 and complete all required paperwork
- Register for Fingerprinting (appointments will be held on campus in the Fall)
3. Please Bring the Following Information Required for Background Checks to FYI:
- A government issued photo ID (e.g. license, passport, resident card, state ID)
- Social Security Number
- List of all places of residence from 2007-present
4. Know the requirements of your site!
You will be provided a one page info sheet highlighting the requirements and important information regarding the site. Information will include site contacts, site directions, student duties, etc.
5. Traveling to and from Field Placement: Plan for field experience in your budget!
Students are responsible and accountable for planning ahead in preparation for field placement. Students generally take the subway or bus to their site each week. Students can utilize the MBTA website and/or Google Maps to coordinate travel to placement.
6. The Professional Commitment
- Schedule Changes: If your schedule changes and you need another placement, you will need to contact the HGD Field Coordinator immediately to a) seek an alternative time/day at same site or b) secure another field placement. The deadline to make any changes to your field placement is Monday October 3rd by 4pm.
- Student Athletes: If you have a practice or game that falls on the same day as your placement, you will need to contact the HGD Field Coordinator immediately to a) seek an alternative time/day at same site or b) secure another field placement. The deadline to make any changes to your field placement is Monday October 3rd by 4pm.
- Transfer Students: Once you have determined your schedule, you will need to contact the HGD Field Coordinator immediately to secure a field placement. The deadline to make any changes to your field placement is Monday October 3rd by 4pm.
7. Attend HGD Orientation during the Fall
- Monday 9/12 @ 2-3:30pm Alumni Room
- Tuesday 9/13 @ 1-2:30pm Alumni Room
- Wednesday 9/14 @ 2-3:30pm Alumni Room
- Friday 9/16 @ 10:30am-12pm Alumni Room
8. Attend a Neighborhood Trip!
These trips are not mandatory, but a fun and beneficial way for you to become acclimated to Boston neighborhoods! The trips are open to all and you may attend as many as you can! All trips will leave from the Wheelock Family Theater lobby.
- Wednesday 9/7 @2pm, Theater Lobby
- Thursday 9/8 @4pm, Theater Lobby
- Friday 9/9 @10am, Theater Lobby
9. Introduce yourself to your site and conduct a Dry Run!
During Orientation week, call and introduce yourself as a Wheelock student in Human Growth and Development.
- Let them know you are looking forward to starting.
- Ask for the best directions, the name of the person you should check in with when you arrive, information about a dress code and any additional requirements you need to complete before the start of placement.
- Don’t be afraid to call and leave a message! You may not hear back, but that’s OK!
Travel to your site with a friend to test out directions and the time it takes before your actual starting day arrives.
- Some placements are in churches, basements, or entrances that are not obvious. Knowing where to go on the first day will reduce your anxiety about finding your way.
10. Ask Questions!
Stop by the Field Experience Office (FEO) and the Human Growth and Development (HGD) Field Coordinator will assist you with any questions, concerns or comments that you may have! Our office is located at ACW 107; we’re open Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm.