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Patton College Professional Development School Partnerships

The Center for Clinical Practice in Education continues its mission of positively impacting P-12 student learning with students in the Professional Development School program. During the junior year, Teacher Candidates seeking licensure in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Middle Childhood Education, Adolescent-to-Young Adult Education and Special Education receive in-depth clinical preparation in our PDS Schools.

Currently, twelve active partnerships are instrumental in completing the Center's mission and purpose while providing a space for PDS Teacher Candidates to have a clinical experience. Partnerships span across six local school districts, involving Elementary, Middle, and High School buildings. 

Teacher 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 

  • Space to provide additional support to P-12 students and teachers 

  • A strong foundation for professional internship and future teaching careers 

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

Learn more about each PDS partnership:

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