In order to best prepare students for their future careers, the Department of Educational Sciences, Foundations and Research offers several education student organizations to provide additional transformative learning opportunities outside the traditional classroom setting. For more information about an organization, please contact the faculty adviser.
Future Educators Living Learning Community
First-year students pursuing a career in education will find that the Future Educators Living Learning Community is an important connection to faculty and peers who are passionate about shaping the minds of the future. This community helps its members prepare for a career in education. Students in this community live on campus with other education majors, network with upper-division students through the Prospective Teacher Connection, and enroll in a section of UNIV 1012: Success Central specifically for education majors. To apply, contact Housing and Dining at housing.uco.edu.
Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society
Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) is an international honor society for education majors. Our chapter offers numerous opportunities for members to become involved in a variety of service, leadership, and professional development activities. Membership in our chapter of KDP (Gamma Omega #96) is by invitation only and includes qualified students in the top 10% of education programs. The GPA requirement for undergraduates is 3.25 (with 24 credit hours completed) and 3.5 for graduate students (with 6 credit hours completed). Members must attend initiation and pay local and national dues. Initiation ceremonies are held in fall and spring semesters.
Faculty Adviser: Lisa Lohmann
Central Association for Responsive Educators (CARE)
The Central Association for Responsive Educators (CARE) promotes the development of professional identity for early childhood, elementary, and other teacher candidates, with specific attention to their future roles in working with children from pre-K through 8th grade and their families. CARE focuses on four areas: service, advocacy, professional development and networking.
Faculty Advisers: Jill Davis and Shannon Montgomery
Oklahoma Aspiring Educators Association
The Oklahoma Aspiring Educators Association (OAEA) is a pre-professional organization committed to connecting aspiring educators across the state and preparing them for their field of work. Our four core values are educator quality, community engagement, political action and social justice. We provide learning experiences along with opportunities for professional growth and leadership. We also have an annual service learning project where we give back to our schools.
Faculty Adviser: Susan Scott
UCO Teacher Connection
UCO Teacher Connection provides recreational, professional development and service-learning opportunities for all education majors – early childhood, elementary, K-12, and secondary subject areas. Students engage in a variety of activities related to professional practice, and also receive support in their journey toward teaching. The goal is that participants will gain a sense of community and support as they develop into a cohort of students with a common interest in teaching.
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Regenia James