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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. 

Get involved, be involved!

The Adult Education Association is a professional organization for students, alumni, faculty, and friends of ECU's Adult Education graduate program. AEA promotes the preparation of adult and higher education practitioners who are knowledgeable, proficient, and reflective in their practice and who serve as advocates for lifelong learning. Members of the Association participate in workshops and continuing professional education of interest to education professionals, and contribute to community service activities beneficial to eastern North Carolina and beyond.

A professional education organization for college students preparing to become middle level teachers. An affiliate of National Middle School Association.

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.

*If interested in joining please contact one of the members listed above.
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.

Kappa Delta Pi LogoThe 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:

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.

Phi Delta Kappa is an international association for professional educators. The organization's mission is to promote quality education as essential to the development and maintenance of a democratic way of life by providing innovative programs, relevant research, visionary leadership, and dedicated service.

Science Education Association(SEA) - North Carolina Science Teachers Association -(NCSTA) and National Science Teachers Association Student Chapter - (NSTA)

The Science Education Association is an organization of undergraduate and graduate students from program areas of science education, middle and elementary education. Its purpose is to promote the profession of science teaching and encourage student involvement in state and national science education associations. The SEA organizes meetings throughout the year to education students on professional opportunities, discuss issues affecting the profession, and explore topics of interest in the field of science education. The association is a part of the National Science Teaching Association, which promotes student chapters among universities providing leadership opportunities and professional development. Officers of SEA are elected by the student membership and a faculty member advises the association.

Faculty Member Adviser: Tammy D. Lee,

Officers to be elected Fall of 2014

Sample of planned activities

  • Monthly meeting -- which include guest speakers
  • Go-Science-Science Cafes
  • Attendance at NCSTA --presentations planned for the future
  • Science Olympiad
  • Regional Science Fair

SNCAE LogoOpen 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.

Student Council for Exceptional ChildrenA national organization dedicated to improving the educational experience for children with exceptionalities.

Student Council for Exceptional Children website


Amanda Blakely named first North Carolina Student Teacher of the Year

On: 06 Oct 2016 12:46
Amanda Blakely, 2016 ECU Graduate in Birth-Kindergarten, was named the first North Carolina Student Teacher of the Year by North Carolina Association for Colleges and Teacher Educators (NC-ACTE) at their Fall forum on September 21 in Raleigh, NC. The NC-ACTE is the organization that unites teacher educators in both public and private colleges and universities, staff and faculty in state created initiatives and consortia, and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, according to their website. Each member institution in good standing may nominate one candidate for Continue reading →

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ECU College of Education honors scholarship recipients and donors

On: 19 Sep 2016 17:23
More than 100 students in East Carolina University’s College of Education have received a record amount of scholarship support for the upcoming academic year. This year, more than $550,000 in merit and need-based scholarships was distributed to 106 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral education students. The awards range from $250 to $20,000 with some open to all education students while others are earmarked for specific education majors or programs. “Attracting the best students and ensuring access to an East Carolina University education rank among our highest Continue reading →

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Fulbright Alumni Ambassador Workshop

On: 31 Aug 2016 13:39
In the Fulbright Alumni Ambassador Workshop, Fulbright Ambassador Dr. Spencer Salas, associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, will share his experiences as a Fulbright Scholar to South Africa in 2013. Flyer with event details: Ambassador Workshop Invitation_Salas Scholars like Salas return to their campuses with new perspectives on their fields and fresh ideas for further international engagement. Faculty and administrators will learn about the benefits of Fulbright and the impact it can have personally and professionally. Find out more about Salas’ Continue reading →

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EQUIPPED Scholars AT Summer Institute a huge success!

On: 28 Jul 2016 15:48
The Irene Howell Assistive Technology (IHAT) Center and EQUIPPED grant Co-Principal Investigators, Drs. Alana Zambone and Christopher Rivera, hosted the Assistive Technology (AT) Summer Institute during the week of July 18-22, 2016. The EQUIPPED Summer Institute was developed as a week-long professional development for seven graduate students through the OSEP Personnel Prep grant: EQUIPPED: Engendering High Quality Personnel Preparation for Educators Serving Students with Significant Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The EQUIPPED grant is designed to prepare initially licensed teachers (B.S.) and teacher-leaders in Special Education Continue reading →

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Glenesha Berryman named Outstanding First-Year Student by Phi Kappa Phi

On: 18 May 2016 15:15
Glenesha Berryman, an EC Scholar and member of the Honors College, has been recognized by the ECU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society, as the Outstanding First-Year Student for 2015-2016. She was awarded a plaque and a check for $500 from the chapter at the annual initiation ceremony on Sunday, April 11, 2016. Berryman is from a military family and the first in her family to attend college. She made the journey to ECU from Seoul, South Korea, where she finished high school. Continue reading →

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