The secondary PDS program offers teacher candidates the opportunity to complete their final year (including clinical and student teaching experiences) at one placement site. The secondary PDS program is available to candidates who plan on completing their clinical experiences in the fall semester and student teaching in the spring. Check with your department to see if the PDS program is offered for your major. Candidates must complete required coursework (TCH 212) and obtain the necessary documents including a TB test and criminal background check to be eligible for this program.
Full year immersion in a public school setting (32-week classroom experience)
Normal Community H.S.
Normal Community West H.S.
|Blue Ridge H.S.||Bloomington H.S.|
|Deer Creek-Mackinaw H.S.||Heyworth H.S.|
|El Paso-Gridley H.S.||LeRoy H.S.|
|Eureka H.S.||Lexington H.S.|
|Fieldcrest H.S.||Ridgeview H.S.|
|Fisher H.S.||Tremont H.S.|
|Flanagan-Cornell H.S.||Tri-Valley H.S.|
|Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley H.S.|
Gary Higham - Secondary PDS Coordinator
Bill Ducett - HOI PDS Program
Dr. Jay Percell - Unit 5 PDS Professor
Fred Walk - PDS Site Liaison
|Section 1 - A Letter from Gary Higham|
|Section 2 - The PDS Difference|
|Section 3 - A Progressive Field Experience|
|Section 4 - Guidelines for Mentors|
|Section 5 - Guidelines for Interns|
|Section 6 - Teacher Education Contacts|
|Section 1 - What it IS; What is is NOT|
|Section 2 - Models of Co-Teaching|
|Section 3 - Co-Teaching Considerations|
|Section 1 - Coaching: Before, During and After the Lesson|
|Section 2 - Meeting the Needs of Your Mentees|
|Section 3 - Guiding Your Mentee|
|Section 4 - Generational Differences|
|Section 5 - Phases of First-Year Teaching|
|Section 6 - Making Suggestions|
|Section 7 - Non-Judgmental Response & Mediational Questions|
|Section 8 - Building Trust with Your Intern|
|Section 9 - Characteristics of a PDS Mentor|
Applications accepted September 14-21, 2018 for the Fall 2019/Spring 2020 PDS year.
Professional Development Showcase
Circus Room, Bone Student Center
Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 9am–2pm
Meet with representatives from the various Professional Development Schools affiliated with Illinois State University
Clinical Experiences are started as early as freshman year and completed before student teaching.
Apply to student teaching fall of junior year and complete during final semester.