The UAH College of Education provides many opportunities for students to participate in service and professional learning activities. The award winning Student Alabama Education Association (SAEA) is a pre-professional organization open to any student interested in learning about and preparing themselves for the teaching profession. The UAH chapter of the Student Council for Exceptional Children continues to work with area teachers to improve the educational opportunities for children with diverse learning needs. Member activities include participation in the Autism Walk, leading the Madison City Schools Spring Fling activity, and attending national conventions in Nashville and Baltimore. Education students who demonstrate strong leadership and scholarship are eligible for induction into the UAH chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an international education honor society. The College of Education also provides a wide range of student Internships and placements through the Field Experience Program (FEP).
Student Alabama Education Association
The Student Alabama Education Association (SAEA) is a pre-professional organization that is influencing the future of education. It is composed of tomorrow's teachers who are interested in learning about and preparing themselves for the teaching profession. SAEA is open to any student who is an education major.
The organization's purpose is to make pre-service teachers more aware of their role, issues, and problems in education. It also provides an opportunity to interact with other students at UAH and students from other Alabama institutions who are interested in learning more about the profession they have chosen.
The UAH chapter of SAEA has been very active and successful. Students have hosted guest speakers who are leaders in education, have attended state conferences with other education students, and have participated in other professional seminars. The chapter was recognized as outstanding state SAEA chapter several times in the past five years.
Student Council for Exceptional Children
The Student Council for Exceptional Children was chartered in the spring of 2002. The mission of the SCEC correlates to that of the National Council for Exceptional Children: improving educational outcomes for individuals with diverse learning needs. It is supported by the belief that quality education is a collaborative effort and therefore open to all education students who advocate equitable access to and meaningful participation in quality educational opportunities for all students.
Members of the UAH chapter of the SCEC participated in a number of fundraising activities during the year. Last year students supported the Madison City School system's Special Education Spring Fling and participated in the Autism Walk - an annual community event. Several members have also attended international conferences in Tennessee and Maryland. Plans are already underway to attend the national conference next year.
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Kappa Delta Pi
Kappa Delta Pi is an International Honor Society in Education that is dedicated to scholarship and excellence in education. The mission of Kappa Delta Pi is to "recognize scholarship and excellence in Education, promote the development and dissemination of worthy educational ideals and practices, enhance the continuous professional growth and leadership of diverse membership, foster inquiry and reflection on significant educational issues, and maintain a high degree of professional fellowship.
Qualified students are invited to join the UAH chapter of Kappa Delta Pi in the spring of each year. Members in Kappa Delta Pi participate in professional development and fundraising activities and honor graduating student teachers, among many other activities.
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