Professional Development School I (PDS I) Program

PDS I is a unique opportunity to spend a semester in a public school classroom with a professional educator. It is considered to be an important step toward the student teaching experience and an important step overall to becoming a highly effective teacher. During the PDS I semester, students are placed in one of five Hamilton County public schools, Brown Academy, Battle Academy, Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences (CSAS), Redbank Elementary or Normal Park Museum Magnet. Students are required to be at their assigned placements for the full school day. This is to allow students to get the real experience of being an educator within a school. Typically, students are unable to work full-time jobs due to the obligations of being at their assigned school. Along with getting the hands-on classroom experience, students will work with UTC professors throughout the week to better develop educational instruction they are observing and practicing at their placements. UTC classes will meet either in the PDS I school or on UTC campus. This busy, intense semester is hard work and a very rewarding experience.

In your PDS I school setting, you will be assigned to two different classrooms over the semester. There will be times that you will be observing, making copies, or preparing materials, and there will be times that you will have the opportunity to teach a lesson, tutor one-on-one, or teach small groups. Once again, this is extremely valuable experience for a teacher candidate. The PDS I semester is an important opportunity to network with other educators and school administrators. By experiencing PDS I, you will see the connection between theory and practice and become more comfortable in the classroom setting, and your student teaching experience will come more naturally. This experience will also help you determine if teaching is the right career for you! Students who apply for this program must understand and adhere to the School Of Education's professionalism guidelines as listed in the School of Educations dispositions.

Since each student will be representing the School of Education and the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, professional dress and behavior is required.

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Application Deadlines: November 15 for spring semester and June 15 for fall semester

Turn applications in to Vikki Bernotski in Hunter 312E. (If she is not there, you can slide it under the door.)

  • An email will be sent to let you know if you have met the requirements for PDS I.
  • After you are approved, you will need to make an appointment by emailing SOE@utc.edu to register.

 

Below is a list of hour and credits received by completing PDS I:

 (List sorted by major)

PRE K-3 (19 hours)

Course #

EDUC 3090   Young Exceptional Learners Characteristics and Needs

EDUC 3170   Designing Instruction for Inclusive Classroom

EDUC 3220   Literacy I

EDUC 4999    Group Studies

ECHD 3450   Management of Early Childhood Environments

ECHD 4460    Strategies for Assessing Young Children

USTU 3300   Arts Integration

Placed at: Battle, Brown, and Normal Park

 

MIDDLE GRADES (19 hours)

Course #

EDUC 3170    Designing Instruction for Inclusive Classroom

EDUC 3210    Teaching Reading in Secondary and Middle Schools

EDUC 4000    Survey of Exceptional Learners

EDUC 4180   Middle Grades-Organization, Instruction, Curriculum

EDUC 4999   Group Studies

ECHD 2420   Adolescent Development

ECHD 4450   Families: Home, School, Community Partnerships

Placed at: CSAS

 

SECONDARY GRADES (16 hours)

Course #

EDUC 3210    Teaching Reading in Secondary and Middle Schools

EDUC 4000   Survey of Exceptional Learners

EDUC 4180    Middle Grades-Organization, Instruction, Curriculum

EDUC 4330    Designing Instruction/Evaluation in the Secondary Classroom

EDUC 4999   Group Studies

ECHD 2420    Adolescent Development

Placed at: CSAS

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION (19 hours)

Course #

EDUC 3170    Designing Instruction for Inclusive Classroom

EDUC 3220    Literacy I

EDUC 3360    Management of an Inclusive Classroom

EDUC 4000    Survey of Exceptional Learners

EDUC 4999    Group Studies

ECHD 2420   Adolescent Development

ECHD 4450    Families: Home, School, Community Partnerships

Placed at: CSAS

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Normal Park

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Battle Academy

 

Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences

 

Brown Academy

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Red Bank Elementary