What is a Professional Development School?

Professional development schools (PDSs) are innovative institutions formed through partnerships between professional education programs and P–12 schools. PDS partnerships have a four-fold mission:

  • the preparation of new teachers,
  • faculty development,
  • inquiry directed at the improvement of practice, and
  • enhanced student achievement.

PDSs improve both the quality of teaching and student learning.

NCATE, 2001

Our Professional Development school partners play an important role in the education of our teacher candidates.

Professional Development School Sites 2017-2018

Professional Development School Sites 2016-2017

9 Essentials for a PDS Partnership