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Diversity Information

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 five of the seven diversity requirements. Professional Education courses within the teacher preparation program will prepare students for dealing effectively with the various field placement types as well as with other important aspects of diversity.

  • Diversity categories do NOT have to be met for admission to teacher education.
  • A student must complete five out of the seven diversity categories prior to being certified.
  • Five of the seven diversity categories are automatically met through pre-student teaching & student teaching.
  • You must observe at least 30 hours in the same school in order to fulfill any diversity category (this is done in pre-student teaching & student teaching). It is possible for one 30-hour experience to fulfill 6 out of the 7 categories.
Students do not need to turn anything in to meet the diversity requirement. The Center for Clinical Experiences will track and log your hours through your pre-student & student teaching field experiences.


Diversity Categories

  • 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 population.  
  • 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 lunch.
  • 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 include 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.

Note: According to the Revised Teacher Certification Code, preparation programs must provide “cohesive clinical experiences” during the preparation of candidates for both initial and additional endorsements (R390.1123; R390.1129). As such, the Center for Clinical Experiences staff is responsible for making and evaluating placements of candidates in both pre-student and student teaching. Pre-student teaching placements are located at partnership sites within an approximate sixty-mile radius of Mt. Pleasant. To accommodate candidates moving home for student teaching, CCE Staff strive to make placements for student teaching within an approximate sixty-mile radius of the candidate’s permanent residence or campus, depending upon individual student’s living accommodations.

CCE Staff uses professional discretion when making fieldwork placements to provide future educators high-quality experiences in a variety of educational contexts. The MDE Clinical Experiences Requirements (2018) charge the Center for Clinical Experiences with the responsibility of providing all candidates an opportunity to complete a meaningful sequence of clinical experiences working with “learners who represent the cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic diversity of Michigan’s diverse communities, including students who come from underrepresented or marginalized populations” (p. 3). For this reason, placements over a candidate’s program may span grade bands, school buildings, and districts.

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