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Student Organizations

SIUE Student Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the leading voice for special and gifted education. Through the vision and dedication of more than 29,000 members, CEC sets the standard for high quality education for children and youth with exceptionalities.

Joining the SIUE student chapter of CEC provides professional development, resources, and peer-to-peer support to meet today’s new challenges in special education with confidence and make a difference for children and youth with disabilities. To learn more about CEC, visit the national organization website at For more information about the student chapter at SIUE, contact Dr. Craig Miner (, faculty advisor.

Kappa Delta Pi 
Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor Society in Education, is dedicated to scholarship and excellence in education. Undergraduate and graduate students in SIUE's School of Education, Health and Human Behavior with a GPA of 3.25 or higher are invited to join. The Lambda Theta Chapter focuses on service to the education community and the teaching profession, volunteering time to such worthy endeavors as Ronald McDonald House, Children's Hope Center, and Children's Hospital. Each year the chapter hosts a Breakfast with Santa for children in the Edwardsville area and Literacy Alive activities in an adopted high-needs partnership school. Meetings, held once a month on Saturday mornings, include professional development activities related to education. If you would like to learn more about KDP, please visit the international website at For information about the Lambda Theta Chapter, contact Dr. Barbara Martin (, chapter advisor. 

PRIME (Promoting, Recruiting, Increasing Minority Educators) 

Project PRIME is a University recognized student organization dedicated to increasing the number of minority students in the various fields of education at SIUE. Members of PRIME serve as tutors and mentors to area high school students. For further information about PRIME, please contact Dr. Anthony Denkyirah, PRIME faculty sponsor.

Illinois Education Association Student Program (IEA)
The IEA Student Program is a pre-professional organization of undergraduate and graduate students preparing for careers in education. As a member of the IEA Student Program, students are also a part of the larger Illinois Education Association, an educational professional organization representing over 130,000 members in the state. IEA Student Program members are also part of the National Education Association, a network of state associations that has over three million members and is a major force in shaping the nation's education agenda. IEA Student Program members have access to valuable membership benefits and balanced programming at the local, state and national levels. The pillars of the IEA Student Program are membership recruitment, leadership development, teacher quality, community outreach and political action. For more information, please visit For further information contact Dr. Randall E. Smith.

Reading Councils
Education students at SIUE are eligible to belong to state and local reading and literacy organizations which support professional development in the areas of reading and writing, K-12. These organizations offer inexpensive student memberships and many professional development opportunities.

Local: Lewis and Clark Reading Council: (The local reading council for SW Illinois with monthly meetings and inexpensive professional development opportunities)

State: Illinois Reading Council: (The State Council with a quarterly journal);
Contact IRC at:

International: International Reading Association: (The international association with several journals)

For information about these organizations you may also contact: Dr. Susanne James, Literacy Program Director, or 618-650-3489
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