University of Redlands

Higher Education Students

The fieldwork practicum allows a focused examination of functional units/programs/offices/departments in higher education and/or student affairs. Students are expected to participate in activities that provide the opportunity to experience what the professional and their unit does as a part of his or her work. The EDUC 666 Fieldwork Practicum in Higher Education course could be used to explore in depth an area of interest which the student intends to pursue, or it could be used to explore an interest which is new to the student, but might be complementary to the interest of the student.

Upon completion of the fieldwork practicum course, each student will have: demonstrated an understanding of a specific area(s) of higher education, engaged in professional practice in that area(s), have an ability to explain what is required by a professional working in the designated area(s), understand the entry points for employment in the professional area(s), and started discerning a sense of their own professional identity.


Fieldwork Placement Requirements and Process

  1. 1. Submit Advance to Fieldwork Request form before the end of your first term in the program. This form signals your readiness to engage in fieldwork in the program providing you are in good academic standing. It provides information about your anticipated timeline for fieldwork and ideas or plans for placement. Students must take FERPA training and send the certificate of completion to before being released for fieldwork. 
  2. 2. Based on your “Advance to Fieldwork” form discuss possible placements with the Assistant Director, if necessary, to assist finding an appropriate placement and an individual supervisor.
  3. 3. Once you have found a placement(s), submit a Fieldwork Agreement form with your fieldwork placement supervisor and submit an electronic copy to the Office of Student Success at Part of this form includes a specific agreement between you and the placement supervisor about what you will do as part of your fieldwork, essentially including some learning outcomes and placement objectives which adhere to the program description of student work in placement.
  4. 4. Complete at least 40 hours of fieldwork for each unit of credit earned directed by your supervisor(s). For the 3-credits you’ll need at least 120 hours in the field, some students choose to do substantially more to gain additional experience.
  5. 5. Take the initiative to complete and submit all paperwork regarding your fieldwork experience.

Students must complete a time log of their experience (students often use an excel file which is signed by the fieldwork supervisor and indicates what work you did when).

Students must complete a midway and final evaluation for each placement they have.

Students must discuss their evaluations when registered for the course. Please the syllabus for the semesters you are registered.

  1. 6. Read material relevant to the professional area to supplement the practical elements of the placement and make the most out of the learning experience.