Center for Clinical Practice in Education
Formerly known as the Center for Professional Development Schools, the Center for Clinical Practice in Education has a mission of positively impacting P-12 student learning. To learn more about the change from the traditional teacher preparation model over to the clinical practice model [PDF].
The Center positively impacts student learning through the following activities:
- Fostering and supporting outreach activities that connect The Patton College with regional schools.
- Creating collaborative partnership programming
- Linking teacher candidates, mentor teachers, administrators and the Patton College Faculty
- Improving P-12 education for all students
- Increasing opportunities and enhancing quality clinical experiences for teacher candidates
- Supporting Professional Development for all parties
- Sustaining teacher learning and student engagement for P-16 and beyond
Teacher Candidates seeking licensure in Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, Adolescent-to-Young Adult, and Intervention Specialist programs receive in-depth clinical preparation in our PDS Schools. Candidates receive:
- Mentoring and guidance from Patton College faculty and teachers in partnership schools
- Opportunities in the classroom to plan, teach, assess, and differentiate during the year
- Provide additional support to P-12 students and teachers
- Build a strong foundation for professional internship and future teaching careers
Currently 12 active partnerships are instrumental in completing the Center's mission and purpose while providing a space for Teacher Candidates to have a clinical experience. Partnerships span across six local school districts, involving Elementary, Middle, Junior High and High School buildings.