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Teacher candidates get first-hand classroom experience

Nov 1, 2014

Reading a book called "The Sick Pets" to a group of first graders, Katie Mueller tells the story of pups Pip, Bix and Vin's trip to the veterinarian's office.

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During your junior year as a teaching candidate at Briar Cliff, you’ll be placed with one professional teacher inside a real classroom at neighboring Leeds Elementary School. This is where you'll get credit for your methods of teaching courses (reading, language arts, math, social studies and science), as you work with real students in real learning situations.


“I’m learning the students’ names. While the teacher was dealing with another student, I was able to be up front and finish going over a math worksheet, and I wasn’t nervous!”

— PDS teaching candidate


As you put theory into practice in a classroom setting, you will build relationships with students. This will increase your confidence and ultimately prepare you for your student teaching experience.

The Briar Cliff PDS is based upon the standards of the National Association of Professional Development Schools. For more information, contact the Department of Education.

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