The Baylor School of Education has nine Professional Development School campuses in Midway ISD and Waco ISD. These campuses host Baylor teacher-education students at various levels of preparation.
Baylor teacher candidates begin their field work in area schools during the freshman year and spend significant and progressively more time on school campuses. During the junior year, teacher candidates serve in PDS campuses every day as Teaching Associates. As seniors, Baylor teacher candidates are in schools full-time on a daily basis to observe, assist, practice, and teach. This clinical approach prepares teachers with almost two full years of experience in classrooms — in a co-teach situation with the classroom mentor during the senior year — before graduation and job placement.
Mentor teachers and clinical instructors, who are experienced classroom teachers, benefit from teacher candidates’ presence in the classroom and learn new teaching techniques and technology from their interns. Students in the district benefit from all parts of the partnerships — having more time one-on-one with instructors, experiencing different teaching styles, and learning from new, creative lessons.