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Opportunities to Become Involved

Many of the best learning experiences happen outside the classroom through involvement in student government, clubs and volunteer experiences. These experiences can also contribute to a student’s professional development. For more information, see MSU Registered Student Organizations.

Student Organizations in the College of Education

College of Education Leadership Council (COELC)

The College of Education Leadership Council (COELC) consists of a community of leaders representing undergraduates in teacher education, kinesiology, and athletic training. This group aims to better connect with students to promote leadership and student organization involvement as well as help foster increased communication between the student body and College of Education administration. For more information about the COELC, visit the website, connect on Facebook, or email the group directly at coe.lead@gmail.com.

Educating Student Trainers in Medicine (E-STIM)

The purpose of this organization is to improve awareness, knowledge, respect, and communication at the local, state, and national levels of athletic training. E-STIM offers Michigan State University's athletic training students a powerful voice in educational, clinical, professional, and societal issues pertaining to the MSU athletic training program. For more information about membership, please visit the Michigan State E-STIM web site or Facebook page.

Epsilon Kappa Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi

Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society of, about, and for educators. Invitation to membership is based on high academic achievement, a commitment to education as a career, and a professional attitude that assures steady growth in the profession. Monthly speakers and chapter service projects foster professional development among members. For more information, contact kdpmsumembership@gmail.com.

Friendshop

FriendShop is a club consisting mostly of education majors that organizes monthly activity afternoons at the East Lansing Public library with the goal of providing an engaging, free and fun resource for the local community. As an organization we strive to connect meaningfully with our East Lansing neighbors, promoting an environment where children, families and MSU students can come together to play, create and read. For more information or details, visit Friendshop on Facebook, visit our website or email us at msufriendshop@gmail.com.

Future Teachers of Color (FTC) 

The MSU Future Teachers of Color (FTC) is a professional learning community for students of color enrolled in MSU’s Teacher Preparation Program. Facets of the program include monthly FTC meetings, small peer mentoring groups, and ongoing individual mentoring by faculty of color. The FTC is part of the Department of Teacher Education's continued efforts to foster a high quality, diverse teaching force to meet the needs of students and schools. Contact: Dr. Django Paris.

Global Educators Cohort Program (GECP) E-Board

The GECP E-board is a student lead organization that works in conjunction with the teaching specialization program GECP. The E-board has two main purposes: strengthening inter-cohort bonds and getting the students involved in the community around them. The organization aspires to enhance the sense of being a part of a global community whether they are doing something locally or internationally. To learn more about the group, email the E-board.

MSU Adaptive Sports & Recreation Club

The MSU Adaptive Sports & Recreation Club seeks to create and continually cultivate a physically and socially accessible space where athletes with physical disabilities and able-bodied volunteers come together to establish an integrated community of peers which uses sports to validate the disability experience by eradicating inaccurate societal stereotypes and invalid self-perceptions about disability. To get involved, contact the group's coordinator Piotr Pasik.

MSU Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement (CSLCE)

This CSLCE can provide information about volunteer opportunities appropriate for teacher preparation students. This is a great way to get experience with children and youth.

MSU Chapter of Phi Epsilon Kappa (PEK)

Phi Epsilon Kappa is a national professional fraternity for Kinesiology students and professionals. The goals of the MSU chapter are to build relationships within the College of Education, improve the community through volunteer work, and prepare students for their chosen careers. Individuals are initiated by the current PEK E-Board and alumni each Fall Semester at a candlelit ceremony. Students who wish to join but miss the fall initiation are welcome to attend meetings but are not considered members. Membership requires a major in Kinesiology and a minimum GPA of 2.75. Contact the group: pek.msu@gmail.com.

MSU Future Social Science Educators (MSU FSSE)

For students seeking to build their resume as a future teacher, MSU FSSE is a campus group that works toward producing strong and experienced teachers. The group has many professional development opportunities as well as volunteer, fundraising and social activities. While FSSE is focused on social studies education, the group accepts anyone interested in various areas of education, and most group activities can be helpful to any education student. For more information, contact fsse.msu@gmail.com.

Pre-Chiropractic Association

MSU PCA is a student organization whose goal is to educate students interested in the chiropractic profession or a wellness awakening. Contact: msupca@gmail.com. Connect on Facebook: MSU Pre-Chiropractic Association.

Pre-Physician Assistant (PA) Club

Meet PA students and practicing PAs, visit PA schools, learn how to make your graduate school application standout and more. Meetings are on alternate Mondays throughout the year. For more information, contact msuprepa@gmail.com or visit the website.

Pre-Physical/Occupational Therapy Association (PPOTA)

MSU PPOTA is a student organization open to undergraduate students who are interested in becoming a Physical or Occupational Therapist. MSU PPOTA gives students the opportunity to learn about the PT and OT fields through therapist visits and career information, prepare for the graduate school application process, build a support network of Pre-PT/OT students, and learn about volunteer, research, and shadowing opportunities. For more information, contact the Executive Board at msuprept@gmail.com.

Read to Succeed

Read to Succeed gives students the opportunity to volunteer as tutors for local children who are struggling with reading and writing. As part of the MSU Student Literacy Corps, the program serves elementary school students in East Lansing and Lansing before and after school, and there is an evening option for K-12 students from other school districts. For more information, contact Pat Williams at (517) 420-1849 or (517) 485-4949. MSU students must go to 347 Erickson Hall to sign up and attend a training session before they can begin tutoring.

Student Council For Exceptional Children (SCEC)

MSU SCEC is the Student chapter of the national Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). The CEC "works to improve public policy affecting children and youth with disabilities and gifts and talents, their parents and the professionals who work with them, at all levels of the government." As the student chapter, we strive to follow this example by fundraising and volunteering in the community. Contact scec.msu@gmail.com or visit the web site for more information.

Student Michigan Education Association (SMEA)

SMEA is the student chapter of the Michigan Education Association (MEA) and the National Education Association (NEA). It is a pre-professional organization that provides community service and professional development opportunities to teacher preparation students. If you would like to learn more about the field of teaching and get more experience working with children, SMEA is the organization for you! Contact smea@msu.edu or visit the SMEA website for more information.

Tomorrow's Educators for the Advancement of Multiculturalism (TEAM)

This student organization provides opportunities for students interested in teaching to promote diversity, both within and outside the classroom, through academic and civic engagement. Contact us at teammsu@gmail.com for information.

Urban Educators Cohort Program Student Advisory Committee (UECP SAC)

The UECP Student Advisory Committee (UECP SAC) is an opportunity for UECP participants to enhance their experience by developing and demonstrating leadership skill. UECP SAC is a great way for you to share your voice, establish and strengthen connections between cohorts, and provides an opportunity for juniors and seniors to participate in UECP activities. For more information about the UECP SAC and opportunities it offers, visit the web site.