College of Education
Professional Development School Partnership
College students pursuing teaching careers work in public school classrooms with faculty from Crest Ridge, Holden, Knob Noster, and Warrensburg school districts as well as from UCM. Teacher candidates have the opportunity to work with P-12 students in a variety of settings. This early classroom experience helps the students affirm their career choices and makes them better teachers when they enter the profession. The Professional Development School is a collaborative partnership between faculty from a public school and the University of Central Missouri, working together to train the teachers of tomorrow.
Visit a Professional Development School and you’ll witness dynamic interaction among children, teachers, college students and university professors. Classroom teachers serve as mentors for PDS students while university faculty members provide realtime collaboration on best practices. Learning for all students is enhanced in this energetic environment as classroom instructors serve as clinical faculty. PDS students gain leadership experience and hands-on classroom training. The best benefit of the PDS system, however, comes from the increase in one-to-one interaction between adults and students in the classroom. The PDS program takes professional development for future teachers, current teachers and those who train teachers to an entirely new level.