Candidate Demographics

In Fall 2011, 14 teacher candidates from a total of 171 on campus (or 8.2%) self-reported race as other than white non-hispanic.  These candidates range from the freshman to the senior class and are pursuing such programs as Early Childhood Education, Middle Childhood Education, Music Education, Social Studies, Spanish, Health Education, and Physical Education.  In addition, the university student population as a whole comprises 13.0% of students other than white non-hispanic ( Fall 2011 Fact Book ) with teacher candidates interacting with many of these students in general coursework and campus activities.  These numbers represent more diversity than the surrounding community (4% other than white non-hispanic, Hardin County 2010 Census ).  It is also important to note that the Institutional Report prepared prior to the last NCATE BOE visit (Spring, 2005) reported that 95% of ONU students were white non-hispanic (compared to the current 87%) and that 97% of teacher candidates were white non-hispanic (compared to the current 91.8%).  The institution has been intentional in its recruitment of students from various racial and ethnic backgrounds as indicated through the recruitment strategies reported below and the improvement in the diversity numbers since the last visit.

In addition to the racial/ethnic diversity of candidates reported in the table below, it is important to note that ONU teacher candidates come from a range of socioeconomic and school experience backgrounds.  According to the Office of Financial Aid, at least 12% of ONU teacher candidates come from families with adjusted gross incomes of less than $30,000 and over one quarter come from families with adjusted gross incomes less than $50,000.  In addition, 8% of teacher candidates come from families with adjusted gross incomes of over $150,000.  This range of socioeconomic background of candidates is compounded by the variety of school experiences.  Many candidates come from small rural school districts with very small graduating classes while others are from suburban districts and others from urban districts.  Although these teacher candidates may look alike by appearance, their range of backgrounds and experiences contribute to experiences as they work and learn together.

Approximately 65% of ONU teacher education candidates are female and 35% are male.  However, nearly 18% of Early Childhood Education majors are male, 41% of Middle Childhood Education majors are male,  and and 53% of secondary math and science candidates are female.

Other forms of diversity are represented on campus and within the teacher education program.  About 4% of the teacher education candidates are currently on an accommodation plan for an academic special need.  Although this information is kept in strict confidence, it is not uncommon for candidates to share their experiences with others during class to bring firsthand insight to being a student who has different learning needs.  One recent international student completed the Middle Childhood Education program and, because of the size of the Teacher Education Program and the campus, had impacting interactions with many candidates.

Open Doors is an active student organization which focuses on GLBTQA issues (Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, Transgendered, and Questioning People and their Straight Allies).  Teacher education candidates have been involved in this organization.


Table 9

Candidate Demographics*


Candidates in Initial Teacher Preparation Programs n (%) Candidates in Advanced Preparation Programs n (%) All Students in the Institution n (%) Diversity of Geographical Area Served by Institution (Ohio) (%)**
American Indian or Alaska Native 0 (0%) NA 4 (0.1%) 0.2%
Asian 0 (0%) NA 68 (1.9%) 1.7%
Black or African American, non- Hispanic 7 (4.1%) NA 126 (3.5%) 12.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0 (0%) NA 2 (0.06%) <0.05%
Hispanic or Latino 3 (1.8%) NA 59 (1.6%) 3.1%
White, non-Hispanic 157 (91.8%) NA 3,140 (87.0%) 81.1%
Two or more races 3 (1.8%) NA 65 (1.8%) 2.1%
Other 1 (0.6%) NA 133 (3.7%) -
Race/ethnicity unknown 0 NA 14 (0.4%) -
Total 171 NA 3,611
Female 105 (61.4%) NA 1,773 (49.1%) 51.2%
Male 66 (38.6%) NA 1,838 (50.9%) 48.8%
Total 171 NA 3,611

*Based on Fall 2011 enrollment figures.

**77% of ONU students are from Ohio.  Demographic data based on 2010 Ohio Census data .