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About Diversity at Northwest

As a Professional Education Unit (PEU) that envelops multiple content areas and faculty/student backgrounds, we seek to not only define diversity but also to enrich the diversity of our Unit.

Northwest Missouri State PEU Diversity Definition:

Northwest Missouri State University defines diversity as differences and similarities among people by ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, gender, exceptionalities, age, language, religion, sexual orientation, and geographical area.

Diversity Proficiencies

The Northwest PEU recognizes the importance of defining the idea of diversity. We strive to instill our students with an understanding of diversity and how it interconnects within education practice. We have developed the following proficiencies to be acquired by our education students.

Northwest PEU Diversity Proficiencies:

In order to create an intercultural competent educator, candidates will connect with their own cultural identities and how those identities influence their interactions with diverse learners by:

  • Exploring one's own socio-historical background and its role in identity formation;
  • Analyzing one's own biases and assumptions;
  • Examining how their identity impacts their interactions with others;
  • Synthesizing the above competencies to understand a larger system of inequities.

Diversity Hour Experience (30 Undergraduate and 12 Graduate)

Description: Degree seeking undergraduate/graduate students and post baccalaureate students seeking educator certification are required to complete hours in diverse settings. Undergraduate students must complete 30 diversity hours. Fifteen will be completed in 62-371 Introduction to Special Education. Beginning in the fall of 2015, ten hours will be completed in experiences specific to racial, ethnic, and linguistic diversity in 61-569 Multiculturalism in Education. Five other hours will be completed from a designated list of activities approved by the COTE Diversity Team. Students that are in the new undergraduate program redesign will acquire their additional five hours of diversity credit during phase one.

All education graduate programs will require that each candidate complete 12 clinical hours in a diverse setting. Six of these hours will be completed during 61-649 Issues in Education or 61-695 Philosophy of Education.  The remaining six hours will be completed during an embedded course experience tailored to the graduate content area and must occur with populations that are racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse.  These will culminate in a meaningful internship experience through which the candidate will interact with diverse populations, evaluate assumptions about teaching/administrating/counseling in diverse settings and reflect on how the experience may alter those assumptions and impact professional practice. The overall goal is to enable the student to observe/interact within and reflect on effective educational practice in diverse settings. Approved types of diversity experiences can be found online under approved diversity events on the diversity section of the Teacher Education Student Services website. A list of approved diversity events will be determined each semester by the COTE Diversity Team.

Tk20: Proof of Diversity Hours Must Be Uploaded

Proof of diversity hours must be uploaded to Tk20, whether they occurred within a course or outside of a course. *The only exceptions are diversity hours taking place at a Ploghoft Lecture or other large group acitivity with a sign-up sheet. Students only need to sign up at the event and do not need to upload proof of hours to Tk20.

Procedure to upload proof of diversity hours to Tk20:

  1. Scan a hard copy of a diversity hour form.  This can be either the typical Diversity Form, a "service project log" for students in Introduction to Special Education or a graduate student field experience log, depending on the student's course or program.
  2. This scanned copy must be signed by all required parties, scanned, uploaded to Tk20, and then emailed to the TESS Office at
  3. To upload this scanned copy and complete the required diversity hour artifact template in Tk20, please use these directions: Diversity Hour Tk20 Directions.

*Directions include extra steps if diversity hours were linked to a course such as:

  • 62-371 Introduction to Special Education
  • 61-569 Multiculturalism in Education
  • 61-649 Issues in Education
  • 61-695 Philosophy of Education
  • 61-260/61-262 Secondary Teaching Practicum I/Middle School Teaching Practicum I
  • 61-360/61-362 Secondary Teaching Practicum II/Middle School Teaching Practicum II

Questions about how many diversity hours you have completed? Contact the TESS Office at

Questions about using Tk20 to upload diversity hours? Contact Mike McBride at

Diversity Event Proposal Form:

The Diversity Event Proposal Form should be completed and submitted to the TESS Office by the end of the first week of the term in order to secure approval for the semester. The COTE Diversity Team will review all proposals and decide whether an event will be accepted for diversity credit.  The team will also determine how many hours of diversity credit the event will be worth.  Event coordinators will be notified about their event acceptance by the end of the first month of the term.

Approved Diversity Events

Kind Individuals Dedicated to Students (K.I.D.S) organization
Participants attend monthly meetings and work with children for one hour of diversity credit.

People First Chapter Meetings--POP members will interact with People First Members and develop and deliver chapter programs and social events. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Meetings are held at 2416B South Main (ACES old building). Students can earn 1 hour of diversity credit for attending a meeting.

Ploghoft Lecture--Randy Lewis will be speaking on education's role to prepare disabled students for the workforce and beyond.  The lecture is scheduled for October 3rd at 7 p.m. in the Ron Houston Performing Arts Center.  Students can earn diversity hours for attending.

**Please note that this page is updated as we receive information about upcoming events.