Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s (IB/M)
Teacher Education Program
The Professional Development School Model:
An Important Aspect of the Neag School’s Teacher Preparation Program
The IB/M program has built working relationships with selected public school districts known as Professional Development Centers (PDC’s). PDC’s are comprised of elementary, middle, and high schools within each of six districts-three urban centers (Hartford, East Hartford, and Windham) and three suburban centers (Glastonbury, Mansfield, and Willington). Over the past 12 years the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut has developed and maintained a strong working relationship with its partner schools. Through these relationships, university faculty, administrators, K-12 teachers and pre-service teachers work collaboratively in promoting simultaneous renewal in the K-12 partner schools and the IB/M teacher preparation program. Our relationships with public schools in our Professional Development Center districts have allowed us to provide our students with excellent clinic experiences through the efforts of a large number of public school teachers who work with our students and are committed to preparing new teachers.
In order to maintain a positive working relationship among all the stakeholders in the partnership, a PDC Coordinator is assigned to each PDC. The role and responsibility of this individual is to insure the proper functioning of the PDC on a day-to-day basis and to provide leadership and vision with respect to activities associated with the partnership.
You can visit the websites of our PDC’s by clicking on the links below.