University of Central Oklahoma
Department of Sociology, Substance Abuse Studies and Gerontology
Practicum for Sociology, Human Services and General Sociology

Kathryn Williams, Coordinator
100 North University Drive, Box
Liberal Arts 201-B
Edmond, Oklahoma 73034
Telephone: 405-974-5271

Check with your advisor to determine how many hours credit you may take. Human Services majors are required to take three hours.
Jeannine Nyangira, Student Advisor
Telephone: 405-974-5818 

Procedure Prior to beginning practicum

  1. Make appointment with Kathryn Williams 
    Contact Williams at
  2. Read entire packet
  3. Select practicum placement
  4. Turn in cover letter and resume for review (Williams)
  5. Get A1 form signed, return to K. Williams for permission to enroll
  6. Enroll in Soc. 4900  and pay for hours

SOC 4900 Practicum in Sociology
1-4 Credit Hours, however up to 6 hours may be taken as upper division electives
This is a foundation course for Sociology-Human Services majors which allow students to integrate coursework with real world experience.
Students should use this experience to explore future career areas, integrate workplace skills with coursework and to network for possible recommendations/jobs.

  1. Students should have senior status (90 credit hours or above) or be a second semester junior (75 credit hours or above) to be eligible for enrollment.
  2. The first step after talking with the practicum coordinator to submit a resume and cover letter to Kathryn Williams. Students should apply with their desired agency where they want to do their practicum four or more months ahead of their projected enrollment due to time-consuming background checks, application processing, etc.
    BE AWARE that you may split the hours between sites to increase your experience and networking. See below
    Students may fulfill all three hours at one site or divide the credit hours between two placements. The three (3) hours are the equivalent to 120 hours of site work which translates as 40 hours per each hour of practicum. This does not include time spent for securing the placement or transportation.  
    Only enroll in the number of hours you can realistically expect to complete during that semester.
  3. As part of the Sociology practicum program, students will keep a log in-out sheet that briefly describes their activity for the day and hours. 
    Upon the completion of their practicum, the student will
  • submit their completed log sheet
  • submit a confidential evaluation from their supervisor
  • write a 4 to 6 page paper. Any paper having more than four errors will be returned to the student for correction.
  • Submit the student's evaluation of the experience

These four items must be submitted together to the coordinator on Monday two weeks before the end of class to receive a pass/fail grade

Expectations of Student Conduct

Each student is responsible for securing his/her own placement.

Remember you represent both UCO and the Sociology department.

You are expected to follow proper business etiquette and act professionally at all times. This includes a well-groomed appearance and compliance with the dress code and policies. Students should be punctual and enthusiastic.

Each student should have a clear understanding of duties and ask for clarification with the site supervisor.

Practicum Procedure

Make an appointment with Ms. Jeannine Nyangira, Student Advisor, (405) 974-5200, to discuss hours needed for graduation.

  1. Make an appointment with Kathryn Williams to discuss seeking an agency site and the application process.
    Many possible practicum sites are listed on our departmental Home Page, beneath Sociology or the agency sites can be obtained through Ms. Williams. Also, other sites and agencies may be used for the practicum after approval from the coordinator.
  2. When seeking agency placement, always telephone beforehand to confirm the name and address of the person responsible for student Practicum  positions since personnel may make changes and our list is not current.
    Example of telephone etiquette:
    Hello, my name is________.  I am a senior at UCO completing my degree in Sociology-Human Services.  Based on my knowledge of  _____ (agency, organization), I am seeking to enhance my learning experience by securing a practicum with your agency.  I am interested in doing a (1-3)____hour placement which involves _____ (40-120) of agency site work.

    May I ask what a typical practicum involves with your agency? . . . .

    If the agency is interested or the contact person is available, ask them how they prefer your resume to be sent.
  3. Send or email a cover letter and resume. This must be shown to Williams prior to sending.
    Cover letter Example –

Kathryn M. Williams
111 East 1st Street
Edmond, Oklahoma 73333

March 31, 2012

Ms. Susan Smith
Human Resources Director
Xyz Agency
222 23rd Street
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73034

Dear Ms. Smith,
I am very interested in a practicum opportunity with ______________(Xyz Agency)  as discussed in our telephone conversation today.  I have strong desire to work with__________(homeless teens, etc.) and pursue a career in that field. I believe that your agency's dedication and commitment to this under-served population will help me in my career goals of making a positive impact in this area.

Through both coursework and_______(job experience and/or volunteer experience), I believe that I have the skills to interact with a diverse range of people. I am prepared to represent the agency in a caring and professional manner.  I work efficiently and set new goals for myself to continually progress.
I welcome the opportunity to excel in this environment. I am an excellent candidate for a practicum position and look forward to meeting you.
I will contact you next week to schedule an appointment.

Kathryn Williams
Enclosure: resume

  • Clarify duties/expectations with desired practicum supervisor.
  • After acceptance at site, make an appointment with Kathryn Williams. Bring completed Practicum Application form and a copy of your cover letter/resume to receive permission form to enroll in Soc 4900-Field Study in Sociology.
  • Please contact Ms. Williams mid-way through practicum to discuss progress.
  • Turn in all required information on noted dates.
  • Send a hand written thank you note to site supervisor. 

Applications/paperwork follows (or you can download the forms in Adobe Acrobat .pdf here)

Bring completed for the Practicum Coordinator after securing placement.
Fall: _____   Spring: _____  Summer: _____                         Year: __________
Name of Student: ________________________________________ Telephone: __________________
UCO Student ID#: ________________________________________ CRN#: ______________________
Address: ___________________________________________________________________________
City: _____________________________  State: __________  ZIP: _______________
E-mail: _____________________________________________________________________________
Declared Major: _________________________________________  Hours Completed: ____________
Field Study Site
Site Name: ___________________________________________________________________________
Address: ___________________________________________________________________________
City: _____________________________  State: ___________  ZIP: ________________
Supervisor’s Name: ___________________________________________________________________
Supervisor’s Title: _______________________________________  Telephone: ___________________
Describe functions/duties/population served by agency:
Requirements for selection process for practicum
Background Check: ________     Polygraph:________     Drug Test: ________
Other: ________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________         ________________________
Signature of Student                                                                                                      Date:                    
**Site Approval: This confirms that the above-named student has been accepted by our agency for a practicum.
_______________________________________________________         ________________________
Site Supervisor Signature                                                                                             Date

Please Initial Acceptance
Student ______________
Completion date of Field Study: Last Monday in November (fall), April (spring), and July (summer)

Student Name: __________________________________  Semester: ___________  Year: ___________
Name of Practicum Site: ________________________________________________________________
Address: _____________________________________________________________________________


Hours worked


Supervisor’s initials


Student: ___________________________________________________ Telephone: ________________
Supervisor Signature: _______________________________________________  Date: ______________

Student Name__________________________________________
Thank you on behalf of the Sociology department at the University of Central Oklahoma for allowing this student the opportunity to participate in a practicum at this site/agency.
Hopefully our student has helped in return for your guidance. It is necessary that we assess student work and would ask that you evaluate the student by placing a check on each area which best represents the student's performance.
Supervisors are requested to review the assessment with the student then send it to the coordinator in a sealed/envelop. (student to provide)
1(one) is least effective, 3 (three) is average and 5(five) is the most effective.
            Least effective__________________________________Most effective
1. Dependability/punctuality                                      1_____2_____3_____4_____5_____
2. Adaptability                                                                   1_____2_____3_____4_____5_____
3. Cooperation                                                                  1_____2_____3_____4_____5_____
4. Interpersonal skills with client                               1_____2_____3_____4_____5_____
5. Ability to maintain professional distance           1_____2_____3_____4_____5_____
6. Interpersonal skills with staff                                 1_____2_____3_____4_____5_____
7. Emotional Stability                                                      1_____2_____3_____4_____5_____
8. Professional Appearance                                         1_____2_____3_____4_____5_____
9. Initiative                                                                          1_____2_____3_____4_____5_____
10. General Knowledge of client base                     1_____2_____3_____4_____5_____
11. Practical Application                                                 1_____2_____3_____4_____5_____
12. Ethical Behavior                                                         1_____2_____3_____4_____5_____
Please note any assets/strengths observed.

Please note any areas needing improvement such as skill sets, inappropriate use of time (texting, etc) or level of maturity.         

 __________________________________________     _____________________
Practicum Supervisor Signature/date                                   Student signature/date                                    

Student Evaluation of the Field Study Experience

Student Name_____________________________
Supervisor's Name__________________________
Agency Name_____________________________
Date of placement: from  ___________________   to: ____________________

What is your opinion of this experience? Was it effective for your learning purposes? Were there ineffective duties? Please give concrete examples.

How would you rate the quality of instructions/expectations given?

Least 2 (two) positive outcomes of this experience.

Student's signature/date


Due 2 weeks before end of semester. Papers will be returned for correction with no grade given for papers with more than 3 errors.
Parameters for 4 to 6 page paper.  Suggested areas to cover
Describe your placement site, client-base (homeless, teen-parent, families with children removed due to abuse/neglect, etc.) Public (government) or private, services provided
Describe various areas you participated in- volunteers, services- meals, after school instruction, supervised visitation, etc.)
Your overall response to this experience
What skills you were able to develop, hone due to experience.
Did this increase/decrease your interest in working in this area? Why?