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

Aspiring Educators of Michigan State (AEMS)

AEMS is the aspiring educators 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, AEMS is the organization for you! Contact by email or visit the AEMS website for more information.

Brain Exercise Initiative (BEI)

BEI is a nonprofit organization that utilizes brain exercises, such as reading out loud, writing, and math, as a preventative intervention to improve cognitive function and reduce memory loss in the elderly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. For more information about the organization or to get involved, connect on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram or email the group at michiganstatebei@gmail.com

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, connect on Twitter, or email the group directly at coe.lead@gmail.com.

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 kdpmsu20@gmail.com.


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.

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.

Minorities Ma’KIN’Moves (MMM)

MSU Minorities Ma’KIN’ Moves is a student-led organization that seeks to create and continually cultivate an academically and socially attainable space where underrepresented Kinesiology graduate and undergraduate students can unite to establish an inclusive community. Membership is open to all, including those who are not from underrepresented groups. The goals of MMM are to build lifetime friendships, provide leadership experiences, enhance knowledge of the Kinesiology major, and provide connections within desired career paths. To get involved, contact MMM.

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 Athletic Training Club (MSU ATC)

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 MSU ATC web site or Instagram page.

MSU Best Buddies

Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Our programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society. Through their participation, people with IDD form meaningful connections with their peers, gain self-confidence and self-esteem, and share interests, experiences and activities that many other individuals enjoy. To learn more, email the MSU chapter or follow the group on Facebook and Instagram: msubestbuddies.

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, pre-professional fraternity for Kinesiology and other health-related majors. The goal of Phi Epsilon Kappa is to build long lasting friendships, leadership roles, a greater knowledge of the Kinesiology major, and connections within desired career paths. Membership requirements for Phi Epsilon Kappa include at least a 3.2 GPA and a passionate attitude towards excelling within your major. Contact PEK at pek.msu@gmail.com or on Facebook.

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 msuppota@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.

Special Olympics Michigan State (SOMSU)

Special Olympics Michigan State (SOMSU) is an organization that connects college students and individuals with intellectual disabilities through sport to build friendships, have fun, and create an atmosphere of acceptance and respect. The group offers volunteers a wide variety of opportunities to get involved with sports, arts and crafts, or socials with the athletes. For more information, email the group or find us on Facebook.

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.

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.