SPED Diversity Placement Requirement

Beginning Fall Semester 2002, with all students enrolled in EDCI 231, students in the teacher education program will be required to complete one field experience (designated by the Office of Field Experiences) in a diverse setting. This means students must complete one field experience in a diverse setting in EDCI 231, PSY 320, PSY 321, PSY 322, SPED 335, BLOCK, Internship, or Student Teaching.

There are 16 school choices for this diversity assignment. These schools were chosen because of the percentage of minority students enrolled in each individual school. The percentage of minority students in Western North Carolina public schools is approximately 13%. The percentage of minority students in North Carolina public schools is approximately 40%. A committee made up of several faculty and staff looked at the data collected on North Carolina public schools and decided that schools in Western North Carolina with a minority percentage of 20% or more would be considered diverse settings. This is 7% above the average for Western North Carolina.

It is the goal of this committee to continue looking at diversity in Western North Carolina public schools, not only on the basis of race and ethnic background, but exceptionalities and socioeconomic status as well. For now we will work with the information we have accumulated and add to it as it becomes available.

We realize many students have difficult schedules, making it hard for them to travel to a school on the list, however the committee plans to work with specific departments on scheduling, and students will know ahead of time that this is an expectation at some point in their coursework, so they will be able to plan for a semester where they may have to travel at least one hour. This is an important issue in that students need to have experiences in diverse school settings so that they will be better prepared for their careers in the educational profession.

The following schools may be used for the diversity placement with additional schools being added periodically:

Johnston Elementary School  Buncombe County Schools (K – 5)
Emma Elementary School Buncombe County Schools (K – 5)
Oakley Elementary School  Buncombe County Schools (K – 5)
William W. Estes Elementary School  Buncombe County Schools (K – 5)
Asheville High School Asheville City Schools (9 – 12)
Asheville Middle School Asheville City Schools (6 – 8)
Isaac Dickson Elementary School Asheville City Schools (K – 5)
Vance Elementary School Asheville City Schools (K – 5)
Hendersonville High School Henderson County Schools (9 – 12)
Smokey Mountain Elementary School Jackson County Schools (PK – 8)
Swain County High School Swain County Schools (9 – 12)
Swain County Middle School Swain County Schools (6 – 8)
Swain County East Elementary School Swain County Schools (K – 5)
Cherokee Elementary School Cherokee Central Schools, Swain County (K – 5)
Cherokee Middle School Cherokee Central Schools, Swain County (6 – 8)
Cherokee High School Cherokee Central Schools, Swain County (9 – 12)

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