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Currently, PDS students at KU may complete either their entire senior year or just the spring semester at a designated PDS site. Some of the required coursework during the second half of the fall semester is taught in a cohort of PDS students. This program is designed for PDS students only and fulfills requirements for ELPS 537: The Governance and Organization of Schools. This course is taught from mid-October through the end of the fall semester.
PDS students complete the required hours of coursework together with PDS onsite hours each week. The onsite hours are designed to connect the content of the class with the practical and everyday applications to each specific site. PDS students are also expected to learn the culture and the climate of their school during their weekly visits. Combined, this experience prepares PDS teacher candidates to begin their spring student teaching experience immediately. The cohort model is designed to build lasting collaborative relationships with other student teachers as a support structure for the success of their futures.
During the spring semester, an additional PDS cohort class is designed to fulfill the requirements of C&T 495 Seminar: Developing the Teaching Portfolio. This bi-weekly class is held at PDS sites and is taught in conjunction with PDS site professional educators. It allows teacher candidates to discuss their experiences, receive site-related timely topics presented by PDS school staff, and receive support and training to complete their Kansas Performance Teaching Portfolio (KPTP).
All education students who wish to be part of the PDS experience indicate their choice during the "Intent to Student Teach" application process.