Elementary Undergraduate Grades EC-6 & Grades 4-8

Program Contact: Appropriate Professional Development School (PDS) Coordinators

Eligibility Requirements

Professional Development School (PDS) Format:
The University of North Texas College of Education offers elementary student teaching interns the opportunity to participate in an intensive year-long Teacher Education program. Student teaching interns are a part of a PDS cadre and progress through the program with a group of their peers. During the first semester of the year-long program (PDS-1) student interns spend a part of each week as teaching assistants in classrooms in assigned schools, while concurrently being enrolled in methods classes either at the teaching site or at the university. During the second semester (PDS-2) students are based at an assigned school with an assigned mentor teacher and are also supported by a university-assigned supervisor.

To be eligible for application to PDS-1 candidates must successfully complete the following:

  • University Core
  • Content Area and Child Development
  • Technology
  • Reading Courses EDRE 4820, 4840, 4850, 4870
  • Pedagogy Courses EDEE 3320, 3380

During PDS-1 candidates must complete application for entry to PDS-1.
Candidates must enroll in the appropriate Methods courses. The appropriate course numbers are listed in the Course Schedules and the Undergraduate Handbook.

Candidates for PDS-2 must successfully complete all requirements in PDS-1.
Complete application for entry to PDS-2
Enroll in appropriate Student Teaching Courses.
Enroll in Special Education Course
The appropriate course numbers are listed in the Course Schedules and the Undergraduate Handbook.

PLEASE NOTE: All elementary undergraduate certification candidates at UNT work within the PDS format. No other arrangements are considered by the College of Education. Our partner school sites for the PDS year are listed on the application forms for each year.