We have lots of ways for you to get more involved with your major and peers.
Connect with education-based Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), faculty, and other education students for a back-to-school celebration! This year's event was held on August 18 from 5-6:30 on the DeGarmo Hall Patio.
Our clubs and organizations help you develop your leadership skills, meet new friends, and make lasting memories.
Go beyond the classroom. Joining an academic/professional organization helps you develop your skills and gives you opportunities to network with peers and colleagues who share your interests.
Braille Birds advocates for, and provides community services, that facilitate the integration of individuals with visual impairments at Illinois State University, in the local community, and throughout Illinois. Membership is open to anyone interested in braille or the field of visual impairments.
Faculty Advisor: Mindy Ely
Student Contact: Addison Graham
This association offers members a chance to interact with others on professional and social levels. CMLA also hosts guest speakers presenting on current topics concerning future middle level educators.
Faculty Advisor: Kristina Falbe
Student Contact: Danielle Quealy
DRA provides opportunities to learn about communication, educational options, and life experiences of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Members enjoy social events and monthly speakers. Sign language practice is offered each month.
Faculty Advisor: Molly Turner
Student Contact: Mollie May
Educators Rising provides students with opportunities to explore careers in education, as well as contribute to the growth of the community through volunteerism. Open to PreK-secondary majors.
Faculty Advisor: Jay Percell
Student Contact: TBA
Golden Apple ISU is a group based out of the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program. Members provide service to our local community and mentor one another to be the best teachers.
Faculty Advisor: Barb Meyer
Student Contacts: Kelsey Sherman
KDE is a national education fraternity. It promotes the cause of education by fostering a spirit of fellowship, high standards of scholastic attainment, and professional ideals among its members. Requires a 3.0 GPA for honorary membership.
Faculty Advisor: Erin Quast
Student Contact: Nina Torossi
KDP is an international honorary society. Membership is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty members, and other professional educators.
Faculty Advisor: Barb Meyer
Student Contact: Shannon Rogers
NAEA is a strong pre-professional organization dedicated to Art Education. It seeks to create professional, local, and national connections that help art become a dominant subject in modern education.
Faculty Advisor: Wayne Beckner
Student Contact: John Esparza
NAEYC is an organization dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all young children, birth through age 8.
Faculty Advisor: Miranda Lin
Student Contact: Nicole Carey
SABE is a social and academic student organization for dual language teacher education students.
Faculty Advisors: Pauline Williams
Student Contact: Marisol Ayala
SEA helps prospective educators to develop an understanding of the education profession. It provides for a united student voice in matters affecting the profession. It aims to influence the conditions under which prospective educators are prepared and to advance the interest and welfare of students preparing for careers in education.
Faculty Advisor: Dana Karraker
Student Contact: Nicole Wrenn
Diversity is a core value at Illinois State and we value the perspectives and experiences students bring to the College of Education. Our Diversity and Advocacy organizations promote awareness on a variety of topics and inclusivity of all people.
Autism Speaks is geared towards raising money for autism awareness on campus. Members also volunteer within the autism community in Bloomington-Normal.
Faculty Advisor:Nikki Michalak
Student Contact:Samantha Sarullo
Open to all University students, FEC provides a safe space for the unique social and emotional challenges related to being a Person of Color within a predominantly white institution. FEC also fosters community within the College of Education, creates a network for individuals interested in this topic through various events and platforms, and shares resources and opportunities to support educational and professional endeavors.
Faculty Advisor: Sandra Osorio
Student Contact: Myah White
Queer Ed Birds (QEB) aims to support LGBTQ+ students who plan to work in and/or near the area of education as well as educate other students about LGBTQ+ issues, race, gender and all intersecting identities, and the interlocking nature of discrimination.
SDN unites students at the intersection of ability by creating a space for open conversation about the lived experiences of those affected by disability. SDN is open to those who live with disabilities as well as their allies.
Student Contact: Gabby Thompson
SEMIS aims to spread awareness about mental illness, end the negative connotations associated with them, and educate others about inappropriate comments to avoid and proper support to provide.
Faculty Advisor:Charles Titus Bourdeaux
Student Contact:Jeannie Whitfield
Our service organizations are dedicated to making an impact on people and the community.
Best Buddies provides opportunities for friendships between college students and their peers with disabilities. The organization holds monthly group activities and buddies spend time with one another on a weekly basis.
Faculty Advisor: Antonio Causarano
Student Contact: Tori Poska
College Mentors for kids inspires youth in the Bloomington-Normal community. Mentors help "little buddies" learn and grow through hands-on, fun activities.
Faculty Advisor: Erin Thomas
Student Contact: Allison Isom
More than just a computer lab, Studio Teach is a place to collaborate, share, and get hands-on experience with the latest and greatest in educational technology.
Experience life in another culture while you earn credit towards your major. Our study abroad opportunities take you to amazing destinations.
Take what you learn in the classroom and apply it to making your community a better place.
The Illinois State Honors program offers you an engaging and challenging academic experience.
When you live with friends who share your interests, you'll have all kinds of support and fun. We offer living communities for Special Education and Teacher Education.
Want more? We have hundreds of other ways for you to get involved at Illinois State.