Student Organizations

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Involvement in student organizations is an important part of college life. This involvement allows students the opportunity to meet peers with similar interests, develop leadership skills, and build a resume and network for employment after graduation. Listed below are Student Organizations found in or associated with the School of Education.

Association of Teacher Educators (ATE)+ -

The Association of Teacher Educators was founded in 1920 and is the only national, individual membership organization devoted solely to the improvement of teacher education for both school and campus-based teacher educators. For more information and details on how to become a member of ATE, call the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at 618-536-2441.  More >>

Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)+ -

ACEI is dedicated to the dual mission of promoting, 1) the rights, education and well-being of children from infancy through early adolescence, and 2) high standards of preparation and professional growth for educators. More >>

Behavior Analysis and Therapy Club (BAT Club)+ -

BAT Club is a student-run group that focuses on providing students with information about the field of behavior analysis through presentations, hands on projects, study groups, and more. We seek to serve our community by giving back and advocating for those who have disabilities. Advisor: Dr. Mark Dixon, Visit our Facebook page.

Business Education Students’ Organization (BESO)+ -

The Business Education Students’ Organization is comprised of all students currently registered as business education majors or minors. For more information on BESO, call the Department of Workforce Education and Development at 618-453-3321.

School of Education Student Leader Program+ -

The Student Leader Program (SLP) is for high achieving outgoing students in the School of Education. Selected students will serve as official representatives of the School in public relations, student recruitment and retention programs and other outreach efforts. For more information, contact Cordaro Thomas or

Delta Pi Epsilon+ -

Delta Pi Epsilon is a national honorary professional graduate society for men and women in business education. Please contact the Department of Workforce Education and Development at 618-453-3321.

Elementary Education Student Organization (EESO)+ -

The purpose of the SIU EESO is to provide pre-service teachers of elementary education with resources and support services. EESO's goals are to assist students in developing the skills that will enable them to become effective teachers in an elementary setting. EESO gives pre-service teachers opportunities to attend conferences, earn scholarships, and meet other students in the program. Advisor Name: Louise Stearns,

Eta Sigma Gamma (Public Health)+ -

Eta Sigma Gamma (ESG) is a national professional health science honorary for undergraduate students, graduate students, and practicing health professionals. The primary purpose of the honorary from its beginnings in 1967, has been to further the professional competence and dedication of individual members of the health science profession. These three elements form the basic purposes of the organization and the profession; teaching, research, and service. For further information, call the Department of Health Education and Recreation at 618-453-2777 or contact Aaron Diehr,

Higher Education Student Association (HESA)+ -

HESA is the student organization for the graduate students in the Department of Educational Administration and Higher Education (EAHE) at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The purpose of this RSO is to enhance the professional education of the membership outside of the classroom, assistantships, and internships. Advisor: Dr. Saran Donahoo,

Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA)+ -

The Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA) is a student-managed professional organization dedicated to the enlightenment and advancement of future, current, and retired art educators in the Southern Illinois region. IAEA provides workshops, conferences, and preparatory experiences in the professional art education community. The SIU student chapter of the IAEA promotes art advocacy, professional development, and leadership opportunities in the visual art education profession. Advisor: Sally Gradel,

Kappa Delta Pi+ -

Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society in Education founded to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. The SIU Chapter is sited in the Office of Teacher Education. For more information please call 618-453-2354 or contact Angel Suthard, angel.suthard@siu.eduMore >>

National Rehabilitation Association (NRA)+ -

The National Rehabilitation Association (NRA) is a member organization that promotes ethical and state of the art practice in rehabilitation with the goal of the personal and economic independence of persons with disabilities. NRA seeks to eliminate barriers to the employment and/or productivity of individuals with disabilities.  More >>

National Student Speech, Language & Hearing Association (NSSLHA)+ -

NSSLHA is a pre-professional membership association for students interested in the study of communication disorders and sciences.  The goal of NSSLHA is to encourage students to get involved, and reach out to the community, while building professional relationships. Academic Advisor: Maria Claudia Franca, Faculty Advisor: Atheana M. Meadows,

The Student Rec Society (SRS)+ -

The Student Recreation Society is mainly occupied by SIUC Recreation majors. SRS plans fun activities for members, provides service projects for the community, and offers scholarships for students to attend professional conferences. Advisor: Tina Colson,  Like us on Facebook

Students Together Advocating Rehabilitation Services (STARS)+ -

STARS is a student-run organization that performs a number of activities on the SIUC campus and the Southern Illinois community aimed at improving the lives of individuals with disabilities and raising awareness of issues related to disability and accessibility in society. Advisor: Dr. Stacia Robertson,

Omicron Tau Theta+ -

Omicron Tau Theta is an honor society for those interested in Vocational Education. For more information, call the Department of Workforce Education and Development at 618-453-3321.

Organization of Sport and Exercise Science (OSES)+ -

The mission of OSES is to help exercise science students learn more about the physiology of exercise and to teach members of the organization how to become role models and leaders in their field. For more information call the Department of Kinesiology at 618-536-2431 or contact Dr. Michael Olson,
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Phi Beta Lambda+ -

Phi Beta Lambda, Gamma Phi Chapter – Future Business Leaders is an association of student members preparing for careers in business. For more information call the Department of Workforce Education & Development at 618-453-3321. Visit Phi Beta Lambda's website

Phi Delta Kappa+ -

Through membership in Phi Delta Kappa, you will receive services that come directly to you and will have access to other programs and services to use at your discretion. For further information, call the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at 618-536-2441.

Pi Omega Pi+ -

Pi Omega Pi is an honor society for those interested in Business Teacher Education. For more information, contact the Department of Workforce Education and Development at 618-453-1949.

Promoting Respect through Inclusiveness and Diversity Excellence (P.R.I.D.E.)+ -

Promoting Respect through Inclusiveness and Diversity Excellence (P.R.I.D.E.) is an academic registered student organization (RSO) designed to provide students who are within the School of Education an opportunity to learn about and experience views from a multicultural perspective.  P.R.I.D.E. is a unique RSO dedicated to diversity and inclusiveness issues. Advisor: Dr. Rose Moroz,
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Rehabilitation Association+ -

To serve as a student chapter for student members of the National Rehabilitation Association at SIUC; to provide networking and professional opportunities for students in the field of rehabilitation. Visit Rehabilitation Association's website

Social Work Student Alliance (SWSA)+ -

This is a service-oriented group for undergraduate social work majors and other students interested in social work.  Advisor: Sarah Buila,

Social Work Student Alliance, Graduate Chapter (SWSA, Grad Chapter)+ -

Nina Koen, Undergraduate Advisor, and Paul Brinker, Graduate Advisor,

Sport Studies Association (SSA)+ -

The SSA provides professional development experience and encourages its members to pursue community involvement through service. Contact
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Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences+ -

For more information call the Department of Workforce Education and Development at 618-453-3321.

Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC)+ -

The Council for Exceptional Children is the largest professional international organization for special educators serving students with disabilities. For further information, contact the Department of Counseling, Quantitative Methods, and Special Education at 618-536-7763. More >>

Student Leadership Program, School of Education (SLP, SoE)+ -

Selected students will serve as official representatives of SIU and the School of Education in a variety of public relations, student recruitment, and retention programs, as well as other outreach efforts.
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For more information, visit: or contact the Student Involvement and Leadership Development office at 618-453-5714.