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Is there a requirement for working with diverse populations that I must complete?
Yes, you have an opportunity to complete your diversity
requirements through your three field experiences: 45-Hour
Pre-Professional Experience, Pre-Student Teaching Experience, and
Why are the requirements for working with diverse populations an important part of the field experience?
In the United States, due to pressures in economics, migration of
populations, and health care, there is an increased need to better
prepare future teachers for these changes in the classroom as well as
respond to parents' expectations that teachers and schools meet the
needs of their child. In an effort to provide a quality education and a
meaningful experience for students, Central Michigan University is
committed to diversity as a core value in program development.
How do I document the requirements related to my work with diverse populations?
- 45-Hour Pre-Professional Experience- Use the Field Experience/Observation Hours Form. Please note you must obtain a minimum of 30 hours in one school to obtain any diversity categories.
- Pre-Student Teaching Experience - "Pre-Student Teaching Placement Verification" assignment completed during the pre-student teaching experience on Blackboard.
- Additional Hours Experience- Use the Field Experience/Observation Hours Form. Please note you must obtain a minimum of 30 hours in one school to obtain any diversity categories.
- Student Teaching Experience - The diversity categories will be updated by the student teaching office at the end of the field experience.
* These forms are available on the CSS web site under " Forms".
How will the completion of field experiences with diverse populations be recorded for fulfillment of program requirements?
The completion of the diversity requirements will be recorded on
your personal Student Information (SI) Sheet located within the CSS web
site. You can access your SI Sheet here.
I have not yet met the race/ethnicity category and I am
student teaching next term. The school where I want to student teach
will not meet this requirement. What should I do?
First, take a look at where you did your pre-professional and
pre-student teaching hours. When looking at those two prior field
experiences, consider the specific make up of the individual classes.
Did an individual class have 20% or more non-white students? If so, you
can petition for classroom race/ethnicity and meet that specific category
through an individual classroom. The Classroom Race/Ethnicity Request Form must be filled out online. (Please note that this form is not for documentation of the observation hours, but to document the race/ethnicity makeup of an individual classroom.)
Also while looking at your pre-professional hours, if you have less
than 30 hours at a school that meets the categories you need to
fulfill, you may want to explore the possibility of returning to that
school to do additional hours to reach the 30 hour requirement for that
school to count toward your diversity.
Do the ten hours of observation I completed in EDU 107 count toward diversity?
My classroom did not meet the ethnicity and I still need to fulfill this category. Any other suggestions?
You can do an additional 30 hour placement to fulfill any category
not already complete. Check the School Diversity Spreadsheet online to
confirm what school will meet your need.
What if I can't get my hours done before student teaching? Does that mean I can't graduate?
You will be able to graduate without your diversity categories
complete, but Central Michigan University will not be able to confirm
your certification to the state for your teaching certificate until all diversity
requirements are met. You can complete this after student teaching, but
it is recommended that you get this done prior to graduation.
Any other suggestions on how to get these diversity requirements met?
If you are thinking about trying to complete needed diversity
categories during your student teaching, but your student teaching
school does not meet the needed categories, you might consider these
- Check you school district for any days off. For example, you
might have the first day of deer season off and you could be excused
- Find as may non-teaching days during your school calendar that might
allow you to obtain hours at a district that fulfills the category or
categories you are missing. If you can get some hours in prior to the
end of the term, you might be able to finish up the hours right after
you are done student teaching. If you are student teaching in spring,
one other option might be during spring break of your host school. Most
likely, you will be able to find another school not on spring break that
will meet your needed categories. If so, you can attend that other
school when you are on spring break from student teaching.
How could I have avoided this dilemma of not having my
requirements done and student teaching not meeting my last couple of
It is always a good thing to think ahead and try to plan on meeting
your most difficult diversity categories during your pre-professional
hours. The pre-student teaching field hours will meet some of your
diversity, but please note the Mt. Pleasant area will not meet urban and
often will not meet race/ethnicity. If you desire to drive to an urban
location during your field hours, you must be sure to make the
pre-student teaching coordinator aware of your needed categories by
using the additional information section when filling out your
pre-student teaching placement forms. You can also do an additional 30
hour placement anytime during your time at CMU. A good opportunity to
obtain a 30 hour additional placement is when CMU ends the term in early
May. Most schools are still in session until the end of May or early
June. Many schools will welcome students at this time and appreciate the
extra set of hands in the classroom.
The CSS advisors are here to help you with any diversity issues.
Please don't hesitate to contact an advisor for further information.