Department of
Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education

Elementary Education Program

Professional Development School

Emporia State's Professional Development School Model is a collaborative, 100% field-based, year-long, clinical school experience for seniors from The Teachers College. Designed, implemented and evaluated by school district and college personnel, the outcomes-based program strongly reflects components of The Teachers College's teacher education program.



Since the early 1980s, there has been a strong call nationally for change in education at all levels. The Teachers College at Emporia State University has long been an advocate for change and an initiator of change. The addition of Professional Development Schools (PDS) provides our novice teachers the opportunity to study their profession in a school setting where university and school faculty collaborate and the administrative structure encourages professional development and empowerment of all participants.

2019-ks-usd-map-pdsAlthough the main purpose of the PDS is to provide a unique setting for the education of students and the preparation of new teachers, the PDS environment has so much more to offer. It allows for the development of innovative teaching practices as university faculty and classroom teachers collaborate on new methods and approaches to instruction. It provides university faculty with an opportunity to conduct research, and field test and disseminate educational innovations. Finally, it provides in-service opportunities and practice for the participating school district.


Participating Agencies and School Sites

Emporia State works with several schools in central and eastern Kansas school districts; view a list of participating school districts.



At each PDS site, on-site supervisors organize instructional activities, conference regularly with interns (individually and as a group) and collaborate with mentors, principals and district personnel. Each supervisor is also the primary university supervisor for the intern's teaching experiences.

Highly trained and effective mentor teachers at each site work closely with the interns to initiate them into all aspects of the teaching profession from meetings and classroom preparation the week prior to the opening of school through the establishment of classroom rules, procedures, and routines, to the planning, teaching, and evaluating of lessons. The interns also get experience with parent conferences and all-school functions.

Emporia State seniors are chosen to be interns following a selection process that includes formal written application and interviews. The interns work full school days as they participate daily in classrooms alongside their mentors. Interns also attend on-site seminars designed to provide needed background related to the art and science of teaching.

Fall 2018 - Spring 2019
Professional Development School Policy Manual and Procedures Book

PDS Mentor Teaching Training

For further information as assistance in planning for the PDS experience, please visit the Elementary Education Advising Center.