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Diversity categories do NOT have to be met for admission.
All candidates in the teacher education program at Central Michigan
University are expected to participate in learning situations and field
experiences representing a wide range of diverse settings. In order to
be recommended for certification, each candidate must complete their
field experiences in such a way as to ensure that all the categories
listed below are met.
Documentation of Diversity CategoriesCategories
for diversity are automatically documented for you by staff in the TEPD
Department for your Pre-Student Teaching (after submission of signed
paperwork at the end of the course) and Student Teaching (approximately a
month after the semester begins). Documentation for all
Pre-Professional Hours, and for any additional 30 hours experiences must
be submitted by the candidate by using the online form (Field Experience/Observation Hours Form). Check your School's Diversity Categories here.Note:
You must observe at least 30 hours in the same school in order to
fulfill any diversity category. It is possible for one 30-hour
experience to fulfill 6 out of the 7 categories. Urban Setting and
Non-Urban Setting will need to be fulfilled in different geographic
A candidate can begin
fulfilling the categories during their Pre-Professional Hours prior to
admission to the Teacher Education Program. This information will be
reviewed at Pre-Student Teaching and Student Teaching for placement
purposes. Professional Education courses within the teacher preparation
program will prepare students for dealing effectively with the various
field placement types identified below, as well as with other important
aspects of diversity. You can review which categories you have met by
checking your Student Information Sheet.
any time, a candidate may complete an “additional 30 hours” field
experience on their own if he/she has not met all the categories within
their Pre-Professional Hours, Pre-Student Teaching, and Student Teaching
- Race/Ethnicity -
Candidates will participate in a classroom setting for a minimum of 30
hours with 20% or more non-white students as the basic classroom
- Socio-Economic Status - Candidates
will participate in a field experience for a minimum of 30 hours in a
school that has a minimum of 20% of students registered for free/reduced
- Gender - Candidates are expected to participate in a
classroom setting for a minimum of 30 hours where both male and female
students are learners.
- Exceptionalities - Candidates will complete a field
experience in a classroom for a minimum of 30 hours that is defined as
inclusive. The classroom will included students identified as having a
physical, mental, or emotional exceptionality, a speech/communication
disorder, or as gifted or talented.
- ESL - Candidates will complete at least one field
experience for a minimum of 30 hours in a district that includes an
English as a Second Language student population.
- K-12 Non-Urban School Setting - Candidates will
complete at least one field experience for a minimum of 30 hours in a
Category 1 (Non-Urban) school setting.
- K-12 Urban School Setting - Candidates will complete at least one field experience for a minimum of 30 hours in a Category 2 (Urban) school setting