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Education Student Organizations

College is more than just what happens in the classroom

College provides a unique opportunity to explore your passions as you prepare for your career. Student organizations are excellent places to connect with others who share your interests and develop the soft skills employers want. This includes everything from work ethic to time management and communication to collaboration. 

The networking and social opportunities provided by student organizations enhance and enrich your classroom experience. Learn what works and what doesn’t as you apply your classroom learning to real world situations as part of a diverse team. Add more experiences to your resume and grow your network to help you get the job you want after graduation.

Student organizations help you gain professional experience and enhance your leadership skills while developing life-long connections and friendships.

Get the most out of your college experience

UCM has multiple education student organizations to choose from.

American String Teachers Association (ASTA)

The American String Teachers Association (ASTA) is a student group for all persons interested in the enrichment of lives through playing and teaching stringed instruments. You do not have to be a music or education major to join.


Advisor: John Rutland,

Meeting Time: 11:00 am

Meeting Frequency: Every other Tuesday

Meeting Location: Utt 107

Central MO Math Educators

Central MO Math Educators is a student organization for future math educators or any education major interested in promoting mathematics in the classroom.


Advisor: Bill McGalliard,

Meeting Time: 3:30 pm

Meeting Frequency: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays

Meeting Location: WC Morris 105

Early Childhood Young Professionals (ECYP)

The ECYP is a chapter of the Missouri Association for the Education of Young Children, which is a state affiliate for the National Association for the Education of Young Children. This growing group of early childhood education majors aim to engage within the educational community to advocate for early childhood education and provide an opportunity for education majors to connect with peers on the college campus. 


Mission statement: Our mission is to support education majors in their desire to learn more about the field of education through campus and community supports. 

Statement of purpose and practice: This student-led organization is designed to unite education students and empower future educators through learning about and contributing to the field of education. This group believes in service learning and creating a community of education-focused students.


Advisor: Natalie Tye,

Meeting Time: 3:30 pm

Meeting Frequency: 2nd Tuesdays

Meeting Location: Lovinger 3100

Kappa Delta Pi (KDP)

Kappa Delta Pi is an International Honors Society in Education. To be a member of the UCM Rho chapter students must have: 3.25 GPA, 21 completed hours, and be an education major.

For more information please visit or see the KDP video


Advisor: Julie Hentges,

Meeting Time: 5:00 pm

Meeting Frequency: Monthly on a Thursday

Meeting Location: Lovinger 3210

Leading Educators Advocating for Diversity (LEAD)

LEAD is a group that promotes awareness and acceptance of diversity in schools. Non-education majors are welcome to join as well.


Advisor: Michelle Amos,

Meeting Time: 3:30 pm

Meeting Day: Last Tuesday of the Month

Meeting Location: Lovinger 2110

Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)

Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)Student chapter affiliated with Music Teachers National Association - a nationally recognized organization for private music teachers and those interested in performance. In MTNA, we learn about becoming a well-educated, well-respected private music teacher. We have guest speakers from the community and beyond. We organize trips to the annual MTNA convention as well as other destinations with the purpose of educating ourselves and broadening our music teaching horizons.


Advisor: Eric Honour,

Meeting Time: 11:00 am

Meeting Frequency: Every other Thursday

Meeting Location: Utt 104

National Association for Music Education (NAfME)

The National Association for Music Education, aims to provide opportunities to be acquainted with leaders in the music education profession through participation in clinics, workshops, programs, activities, and demonstrations connected with teaching music.


For more information please visit


Advisor: Eric Honour,

Meeting Time: 6:00 pm

Meeting Frequency: Every other Wednesday

Meeting Location: Utt 008

Physical Education Majors

The Physical Education Major's Club is a student-led organization that promotes professional development and physical health through various local and national conferences, peer collaboration, and service.


Advisor: Brandy Lynch,

Meeting Time: 4:00 pm

Meeting Day: 2nd Tuesdays

Meeting Location: Garrison 183

Student Missouri State Teacher Association (SMSTA)

SMSTA is open to all UCM education Majors. 

  • Engage with the UCM community through a Registered Student Organization (RSO)
  • Connect with other UCM education majors (YES! Freshman can join!)
  • Sign up for volunteer opportunities for your UCM experience transcript
  • Hear from professional guest speakers in all areas of education
  • Apply for scholarship opportunities
  • Earn points for your graduation stole by participating in SMSTA events and activities

Active members receive a membership card, digital version of School & Community magazine, as well as several discounts at restaurants, hotels, car rental, and book stores. SMSTA also extends legal assistance and free Liability insurance for student teachers.

For more information, please visit


Advisor: Christina Price-Richardson,

Meeting Time: 6:00 pm

Meeting Frequency: Every other Wednesday

Meeting Location: Lovinger 2110

Student Organization of Library & Information Services (SOLIS)

SOLIS is the ALA Student Chapter for the University of Central Missouri's Library and Information Services program. The purpose of our ALA Student Chapter is to enhance the learning experience of students beyond the classroom, network with professionals within the field of school librarianship, to provide a local forum for the exchange of ideas and information about trends, issues, and opportunities in the profession and to develop skills and relationships that will enable students to have a creative impact on the profession. Our goal is to strive for inclusion, equity and diversity in all that we do!

For more information please visit


Advisor: Jenna Kammer,

Meeting Time: 7:00 pm

Meeting Frequency: Monthly on a Monday

Meeting Location: Online via Zoom


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