Elementary & Early Childhood
Kappa Delta Pi
KDP is an honorary organization in the field of education with its purpose being to encourage high professional, intellectual, and personal standards and to recognize outstanding contributions to education. To this end it invites to membership such persons who exhibit commendable personal qualities, worthy educational ideals, and sound scholarship which includes attainment of 60 semester hours, plus a 3.3 GPA. For additional information contact Ms. Julie Hentges, (660) 543-8675.
LEAD – Leading Educator Advocates for Diversity
LEAD is a proactive student group in the College of Education. It is open to all students in education, including those at the graduate level of study. elecdates educate themselves on diversity issues, make presentations at regional and national conferences, recruit new elecdates into teacher education and seek to prepare themselves for cultural competence on our increasingly diverse society. For additional information contact Dr. Sonny Castro, (660) 543-4101.
Student Missouri National Education Association: The local student organization affiliated with the Missouri National Education Association (MNEA), a division of the National Education Association, provides support for students entering all areas of education. Membership entitles you to publications that assist you as you begin your career in education; legal protection for job-related incidents; an annual state conference with workshops on CBASE and PRAXIS exams, breakout sessions, awards, and nationally recognized speakers; discounts at thousands of locations nationwide; e-mail listservs for support with members across the state; beginning teacher programs; and leadership opportunities on the local, state, and national level. For more information access the MNEA Student web page or contact Dr. Ruth Burkett, Lovinger 3300, 660-543-4787.
Student Council for Exceptional Children
This organization offers information about and opportunities for service to people with disabilities. Pre-service teachers whose major is either special education or regular education have opportunities to learn about characteristics of persons with disabilities. For additional information contact Dr. Jerry Neal, Lovinger 4101, 660-543-4341
Student Missouri State Teachers Association
SMSTA was developed for those preparing for the teaching profession. This is an integral part of the state education association which acquaints teachers with the history, ethics, and programs organized by the teaching profession. SMSTA trains future teachers by providing the practical working experiences in the profession and the community. For additional information contact Ms. Linda Schnakenberg.