Coordinators work closely with the clinical office to place teacher candidates in optimum learning environments and are there to support the teacher candidates as well as the hosting supervising teachers. The Building Coordinator is the liaison between the PK-12 school and Marshall University, providing additional support for the teacher candidate outside the hosting supervising teacher and the university supervisor.

Building Coordinators are placed at each PDS to help place teacher candidates in the most optimum environment, to be the “go to” person at his/her school for teacher candidates and hosting supervising teachers, to communicate PDS information concerning Inquiry project professional development opportunities, individual school professional development opportunities, individual trainings, school grant opportunities, TEEP opportunities, and attending PDS meetings. Thus, the PDS has a 100% commitment to collaboration with teacher candidates and the higher educational institution.

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Contact Information

Dr. Mindy Backus Professor/PDS Director 130 Education Building Marshall University Phone: 304-696-2877 Fax: 304-696-6211

Weekly News


Student Teacher Mini Grants: Application links are in Word and PDF. Send applications to by the following dates: First placement–January 29, 4:00pm (notification will be on January 31); Second placement–March 18, 4:00 (notification will be on March 20)

STEPP Workshops:

February 1 (half-day sessions) – Teaching With Technology And Active Strategies For Secondary Teacher Candidates

February 15 (half-day sessions) – Teaching With Technology And Heggerty, Ashlock, Call/Response, Managing Centers, And More! For Elementary Teacher Candidates


Teacher Mini Grants are due by 4:00pm March 13, 2020. Teachers hosting student teachers may apply using the form above under the Teacher tab.

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