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Student Organizations

Information on student organizations in the Penn State College of Education

Adopt a School

Adopt a School provides a supplementary educational experience for students in the area school district, kindergarten to twelfth grade, through tutoring, big brother/big sister relationships, and through educational presentations. For more information:

Adult Literacy Training Corps

Adult Literacy Training Corps seeks to facilitate awareness of and action for adult literacy in Centre County by working with the CIU 10 Development Center for Adults. The organization seeks to empower both adult students and Adult Literacy Tutoring Corps volunteers by offering opportunities for mutual learning, leadership, and service. For more information:

College of Education Student Council

The College of Education's Student Council provides an opportunity for all Education students to work together in strengthening the communication links between students, faculty, and administrators. While focusing on issues related to teacher preparation and education in general, the Council's activities include speakers, workshops, and social events. For more information, contact Marcy Herr at

Council for Exceptional Children

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is a national professional organization for individuals involved in the field of exceptional children. The Penn State Student CEC provides many opportunities for students to have varied experiences with exceptional children and professionals in this area. For more information, contact  Sarah Nathel Douglas at or

Education Policy Studies Student Association

The purpose of the Education Policy Studies Student Association (EPSSA) is to promote the development of students as scholars and future professionals in the fields of educational leadership, education theory and policy, American Indian leadership, and comparative and international education. The intention of the association is to provide a forum for support, discussions, scholarship, social networking, and professional development relating to all matters of K-12 education. All graduate students in the College of Education are eligible to participate in activities and become members. For more information, contact the EPSSA officers at


The Future Educators Association - Multicultural Education Student Association (FEA-MESA) comprises of a diverse group of students within the College of Education. These students of various cultural, ethnic, and economic backgrounds come from across the nation and major in a variety of education-related fields of study to learn from each other. For more information, contact: Office of Multicultural Programs in 123 Chambers Building (865-0904) or visit

The Higher Education Student Association

The Higher Education Student Association (HESA) promotes student development as scholars and professionals and facilitates integration into the higher education program. Anybody interested in higher education - students, faculty, staff, alumni, whoever - is welcome to join HESA and to participate in its activities. For more information, please visit

Society of Integrated Education

The Society of Integrated Education matches university students with school districts so that the students can conduct their research. The organization helps provide the environment at K-12 schools where university students can conduct their research. The club provides a platform where volunteers can offer their educational services to the community. For more information, contact Ahmet Baytak or visit

International Education Student Association (IESA)

The International Education Student Association (IESA) promotes the development of students as scholars and future professionals in the field of comparative and international education. Students and faculty who share a professional and/or personal interest in comparative and international education are welcome from throughout the university. For more information, Cat Biddle,

Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies (PCSS)

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)

The PCSS and NCSS promote quality Social Studies education from kindergarten to higher learning. Additional information is available at or

Pi Lambda Theta

Pi Lambda Theta (PLT) is an international honor society and professional association primarily for teacher candidates.  PLT encourages leadership among future teachers and keeps members abreast of current trends in education by publishing newsletters and Educational Horizons journal. During the spring semester, Education juniors, seniors and grad students with >3.50 GPAs will be nominated for membership. For additional  information, contact Robyn Mintier at or

Phi Delta Kappa

Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) is an professional association primarily for full-time educators and graduate students in all areas of education, but undergraduate students are encouraged to attend PDK programs at Penn State.  PDK strives to assist with the preparation and leadership of educators through relevant research, service and publications such as newsletters and the KAPPAN journal. For additional information, contact Dr. Wanda Knight or

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children (PennAEYC)

The Central Pennsylvania Region of PennAEYC offers connections and professional development opportunities between college students and local programs and practitioners focusing on young children.Additional info available at: or


Rehabilitation and Human Services Student Organization

The Rehabilitation and Human Services Student Organization is a mutually collaborative community of students who share a passion for making a difference in the lives of others. Students participate in social and educational opportunities that promote professional identity and pride; mentorship and involvement among faculty, alumni, staff, and students; networking opportunities to explore employment and graduate programs; and service-learning. For additional information, contact Dr. Brandon Hunt ( and Dr. Liz Mellin (


Society for the Study of Workforce and Economic Development

The Society for the Study of Workforce and Economic Development enhances the intellectual and collegiate climate in Workforce and Economic Development among the Penn State community. For more information, contact Muhammed Alawneh.

Student Affairs Student Organization (SASO)

The Student Affairs Student Organization enhances the educational and professional experience of the College Student Affairs masters program students; past, present, and future. For more information, contact Greg Nolan or Jessica Harris at

Student Pennsylvania State Education Association

Student PSEA exists to further the professional growth of pre-service teachers in affiliation with PSEA and the National Education Association. The group provides information, sponsors workshops, and seeks to bring together pre-service teachers to share the experiences of professional educators. The objectives are: (1) to advance the cause of education, (2) to elevate the quality of teaching, and (3) to promote the welfare of those who teach. For more information, contact Certification and Education Services, 228 Chambers Building, 865-0488 or

Vocational Industrial Clubs of America

The Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA) is the national youth organization serving trade, industrial, technical, and health occupations students through activities emphasizing leadership, citizenship, and character development. VICA emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, high standards in trade ethics, workmanship, scholarship, and safety. The Penn State chapter is the Beta Chapter. For more information:

Office of Student Activities

The University's Office of Student Activities located in the 209 HUB-Robeson Center (863-4624) provides additional opportunities in leadership development and service activities for Education students.

A complete list of university-wide student organizations and activities can be accessed through the following website: