Professional Development Schools

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The mission of UAFS School of Education Professional Development Schools:

To enhance the professional practice of university faculty, university candidates, and public school faculty, and to enrich P-12 student learning and achievement.



Our UAFS School of Education partnerships with Van Buren Schools and Fort Smith Public Schools provide school-university cultures committed to the preparation of future educators that facilitate active engagement in the school communities.  Instruction takes place on various public school campuses, where pre-service teachers acquire content knowledge and pedagogical instruction on site.  These learning experiences are complimented by numerous hours of observation in K-8 classroom settings.

Student interacting with a child during classroom days at a local elementary