What is Professional Development School?

Student teacher working with a student on a computerThe Pennsylvania State University - State College Area School District K-4 Professional Development Schools (PDS) is a collaborative program involving pre-service teachers, veteran teachers, administrators, and university faculty working together to accomplish four goals, referred to as the "4 Es."

  • Enhance the educational experiences of all children.
  • Ensure high quality inductions of new teachers into our professions.
  • Engage in furthering our own professional growth as teachers and teacher educators of all children.
  • Educate the next generation of teacher educators.

Who Should Attend?

Juniors majoring in elementary education who seek an opportunity to pursue an intensive field-based alternative for completion of their teacher preparation program during their senior year should attend Professional Development School.

Think PDS is right for you? Learn more about the PDS program.

Latest News and Upcoming Events

  • NAPDS Conference- Jacksonville, FL - March 14-17, 2018
  • Annual Teacher Inquiry Conference- April 28, 2018
  • Literacy Training for Interns- December 19, 2017
  • Penn State College of Education Graduation- May 6, 2018
  • 2016 Pinning Ceremony: June 5, 2018

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