Of course you come to ECU for the education, but don't let a busy schedule keep you from joining one of the clubs or organizations sponsored by the College of Education. Some of the clubs only require a small time commitment and the benefits can be well worth your time.
It is important to have balance between academics and a social life. Clubs can help you with this balance by forcing you to schedule time not to think about your classes. You will also find that in the clubs you find other students who share similar interests. These may turn out to be your lifelong friends and colleagues.
You may or may not be thinking about it at this point, but did you know that joining a club that relates to something you'd like to study or shows you leadership abilities can be a big help on your job and grad school applications. At the very least, it might make you unique from other applicants who didn't participate.
By being in a club, you can help make a difference in your program, college, and even field! If you don't participate, you can't legitimately complain when things aren't the way you think they should be.
Clubs are created for students, often by students. Most of them are free to join and there is probably more than one that is filled with people who are interested in the same kinds of things you are. Take a look below at the clubs and organizations affiliated with the College of Education, but remember there are many other opportunities as well outside of the college and within the university.
The Counselor Education Association is an organization of graduate students from the counselor education program. Its purpose is to promote the counseling profession and encourage student involvement in state and national counseling associations. The CEA organizes meetings throughout the year to inform students of professional issues and other topics of interest. The association also seeks funding to support student registration and participation at state counseling conferences. Officers of the CEA are elected by the student membership and a faculty member advises the association.
The Gamma Chapter (sometimes known as the Mathematics Education Club) is a student affiliate of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) which is an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). This is a student organization that is devoted to issues related to teaching and learning mathematics at all grade levels.
The goal of the chapter is to provide experiences and opportunities to assist students in becoming exemplary mathematics educators. Membership in the Gamma Chapter is free and the organization hosts monthly professional development meetings, makes plans for attending the annual conference of the NCCTM, encourages its members to get involved in mathematics education service (e.g., assisting with the annual Math Contest), and hosts an occasional social event.
Open to all intended and declared elementary education majors. The club meets, on the average, twice a month and features interesting programs and speakers designed to inform, entertain, and inspire Elementary students. Refreshments, door prizes, newsletters, handouts, and opportunities to earn Special Service Awards are regularly included.
The Eta Chi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi takes pride in those individuals who have demonstrated excellence in their academic, professional, and personal achievements. The purpose of Kappa Delta Pi is to promote excellence in and recognize outstanding contributions to education, as well as educate educators.
Qualifying students are invited to join via an email sent at the beginning of Spring semester. Membership benefits are described here: http://www.kdp.org/membership/
Applications for The William B. Martin Scholarship, given by Kappa Delta Pi, are due in April. For more information, please visit the Kappa Delta Pi website.
By joining the SCEC, not only do members surround themselves with others who have a passion for serving their community and individuals with exceptionalities, there are also opportunities available for professional and personal growth.
As a member of the SCEC, an individual opens the door to state and national conferences with the Council for Exceptional Children.
Open to all Elementary Education students from freshman through senior years. This club provides an excellent opportunity for students to learn from interesting programs and to meet other students in their major and in teacher education, as well as enjoy refreshments, win door prizes, and participate in professional activities off campus! Meeting times and places are posted throughout the Speight Building.