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Professional Development School

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What is the Professional Development School?

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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The Briar Cliff education program is very unique. Some of my first classes were in different education classrooms watching and observing. This allowed me to see and understand what teaching different age levels was like. Each year after that, I was introduced to more and more opportunities for hands-on experience. By the time I graduate, I will know exactly what to expect and how to be a successful educator.

Nicole Raner

Elementary Education