Serving as a PDS Student Representative (PDS Rep) is a rewarding, collaborative, and educational experience through which students build their resumes, develop their teacher candidate voice, and take advantage of opportunities for professional development and networking. Visit the PDS Student Representatives page to learn more!
Buffalo State Teacher Candidates have unique opportunities to experience classrooms and schools around the United States and the world. Our International Professional Development Schools (IPDS) consortium provides short-term, faculty-led programs that bring students into classrooms abroad. Participant globalize their understanding and experience of education by studying about and traveling to an international destination to interact with members of a partner university or organization and work side-by-side with teachers and schools.
The PDS Center for Teaching and Learning (Maine) is an internship program for Buffalo State teacher candidates that provides an immersive 1-week internship at the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) in Edgecomb, Maine in January. The CTL is a K-8 independent demonstration school that focuses on workshop approaches to literacy learning, small class sizes, respect for children, relationships of trust between faculty and parents, and programs that engage and prepare students for life.
IPDS Student Ambassadors share their knowledge and enthusiasm about international travel and recruit their peers by facilitating class presentations and open house events, and using social media to share the experiences of IPDS alumni, as well as opportunities and pathways for engaging future participants. Visit the IPDS Student Ambassador page to view alumni and learn how to become an ambassador.
FTC brings all education departments together (Early Childhood, Elementary, Exceptional, Art, CTE, Music, and Secondary) to create a community of education students that engage in a fun and assistive way. Members direct what they want to do and what is important for them to experience within the educational community. Visit the Future Teachers Club page for more information on how to participate.
PDS hosts and participates in a variety of events for teacher candidates to develop their teaching practice, connect with peers and professionals from local and international organizations, and network with area schools. Visit the News & Events page to stay up to date on upcoming events.
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