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Education: Organizations

MBU Student Organizations

The following are student organizations offered through the MBU Education Division:


 The Student Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (S-ASCD) provides teacher candidates an opportunity to network with a recognized association such as Missouri ASCD and ASCD, a national/international organization known for its leadership in education. The organization encourages pre-service educators to initiate leadership, workshop, and networking opportunities for peers in the formative stages in their careers and to gain valuable experiences that will enhance their knowledge of major issues and trends in education. Membership is open to all undergraduates and graduates enrolled in educational programs.

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 The Student Missouri State Teachers’ Association (S-MSTA) is a pre-professional organization composed of education students and others interested in teaching as a career. The chapter seeks to provide its members with opportunities for personal and professional growth, the development of leadership skills, a better understanding of the teaching profession, and participation in professional activities at the local and state levels.

MBU requires that you have liability insurance through S-MSTA when you are in the classroom observing or student teaching. S-MSTA membership includes $2,000,000 in liability insurance. The cost is just $5.00 for chapter dues. (For students enrolled at the Franklin County Regional Learning Center in Union the chapter dues are $7.00.) The application will be provided at orientation for field experience and student teaching. S-MSTA applications are also available in the Field Experience Office on the Main campus as well as at the regional learning centers. The complete application and payment for chapter dues must be submitted prior to beginning your field experience.

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Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society in education, with a national membership of undergraduate and graduate students, university faculty and administrators, classroom teachers, school administrators, retired educators, Laureate members, and honorary members. Its purposes are to promote excellence, recognize honor students, and acknowledge outstanding contributions to education. The Missouri Baptist University chapter is open to high achieving students planning careers in the field of education.

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  Student Council for Exceptional Children  is a student chapter of the international organization Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) which advocates for the education of children considered disabled.

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National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) is a national organization for college students interested in teaching music. It provides opportunities for professional growth, introduces students to the music education profession and professionals and provides networking opportunities among NAfME members from other universities. The NAfME also assists MBU’s music department throughout the year.
-Contact NAfME sponsor Ladd Faszold for more information.

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Educational Organizations


Achieve is a resource for governors, business leaders, and others seeking to improve student achievement and raise the level of educational standards. 

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to high-quality, evidence-based preparation that assures educators are ready to teach all learners on Day 1. 

American Association of School Administrators (AASA)

AASA is the professional organization for over 16,500 educational leaders across North America. Its primary responsibilities include improving the condition of children and youth, preparing schools and school systems for the 21st century, connecting schools and communities, and enhancing the quality and effectiveness of school leaders.

American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA)

AASPA represents school personnel professionals, including personnel/human resource administrators, personnel support staff, superintendents, principals, and graduate students interested in this field. 

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. 

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

AERA is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results.

American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

AFT is a 900,000-member union of public and professional employees, including public and private school teachers, paraprofessionals and school-related personnel (PSRPs), higher education faculty and professionals, employees of state and local governments, nurses and health professionals.

American Library Association (ALA)

The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world. The mission of ALA is to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) is a nonprofit organization of individuals, institutions, and companies dedicated to improving all aspects of engineering education.

Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)

The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) is dedicated to promoting the optimal education and development of children in a changing world through various programs and projects that align with ACEI's mission. 

Association for the Education of Young Children of Missouri (AEYC-MO)

AEYC-MO, an organization for early childhood professionals, fosters excellence in early childhood systems and programs through advocacy, education, and professional development.

Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE)

AMLE is the leading international organization advancing the education of all students age 10 to 15, helping them succeed as learners and make positive contributions to their communities and to the world. AMLE is committed to helping middle grades educators reach every student, grow professionally, and create great schools.

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

ASCD is an international association that provides professional development in curriculum and supervision; encourages research, evaluation, and theory development; and disseminates information on education issues ranging from inclusion to parent involvement, learning styles to school leadership.

Association of Teacher Educators (ATE)

The Association of Teacher Educators is the only national, individual membership organization devoted solely to the improvement of teacher education for both school and campus-based teacher educators. 

Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform (CEEDAR)

CEEDAR helps states and institutes of higher education reform their teacher and leader preparation programs, revise licensure standards to align with reforms, refine personnel evaluation systems, and realign policy structures and professional learning systems. 

Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)

CoSN is the national voice for advocating access to the emerging National Information Infrastructure in schools.

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

CAEP was created by the merger of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). CAEP advances excellent educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.

Council of Chief State School Officers

The Council of Chief State School Officers is a nationwide, nonprofit organization composed of public officials who lead the departments responsible for elementary and secondary education in the states, the U.S. extra-state jurisdictions, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Dependents Schools. 

Council of the Great City Schools

The Council of the Great City Schools brings together some of the largest urban public school systems in the country in a coalition dedicated to the improvement of education in the inner cities. By keeping Congress, the media and the public informed about the problems facing urban schools and the critical need to ensure that today's students receive an education based on high standards and expectations, the Council helps to set the course for the survival of our cities, the productivity of our citizens, and the future of our nation.

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.

Education Commission of the States

The Education Commission of the States (ECS) is a national nonprofit organization that helps state leaders improve education for all young people. The ECS online service offers information about what's going on throughout the country on a host of current hot issues in education, such as school-to-work policies and programs, various efforts to improve student achievement, school governance, charter schools, school finance and a number of topics related to the cost and quality of higher education.

Education Week on the Web

This is the place on the World Wide Web for people interested in education reform, schools, and the policies that guide them.

EDUCAUSE World Wide Web Server

Now a merged organization of two separate but related groups - EDUCOM and CAUSE - EDUCAUSE is a non-profit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. 

International Literacy Association (ILA)

Founded as the International Reading Association (IRA), the International Literacy Association (ILA) has worked to enhance literacy instruction through research and professional development for 60 years. ILA seeks to promote high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction through studying the reading processes and teaching techniques; serving as a clearinghouse for the dissemination of reading research through conferences, journals, and other publications; and actively encouraging the lifetime reading habit.

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

The International Society for Technology in Education is a nonprofit professional organization dedicated to the improvement of education through computer-based technology.

Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries

The Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries provides grants to school libraries across the country to purchase books. It is a component of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region in Washington, D.C.

Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE)

The Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE) is a state affiliate of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).

Missouri State Teacher Association (MSTA)

We believe our first obligation is to the students entrusted to our care. We believe the purpose of education is to develop each individual for his or her fullest participation in the American democratic society, to pursue truth and to seek excellence. We will accept the responsibility of taking the initiative to eliminate all barriers that prevent full access to this unique education for all.

National Academy of Education (NAEd)

NAEd advances the highest quality education research and its use in policy formation and practice. 

National Academy Foundation (NAF)

The National Academy Foundation (NAF) is a national network of high school career academies predominately based in urban districts--schools within schools using career-themed curricula created with current industry and educational expertise. 

National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE)

The National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) is the nation's premier non-profit organization devoted to furthering the academic success for the nation's children - particularly children of African descent. 

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. 

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

NAGC staff and leaders support and develop policies and practices that encourage and respond to the diverse expressions of gifts and talents in children and youth from all cultures, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic groups. 

National Association for Music Educators (NAfME)

National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. 

National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)

The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is a nonprofit, private association that represents state and territorial boards of education. Our principal objectives include strengthening state leadership in educational policymaking; promoting excellence in the education of all students; advocating equality of access to educational opportunity; and assuring continued citizen support for public education.

National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)

The NAESP offers professional development training programs, regional and national conferences, and a broad range of regular periodicals, including the award-winning PRINCIPAL magazine, with reports on the latest research along with practical advice from administrators. 

National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)

The NASSP serves all leaders in middle school and high school education.

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

NASP empowers school psychologists by advancing effective practices to improve students’ learning, behavior, and mental health.

National Board for Professional Teaching Standard (NBPTS)

Recognized as the gold standard in teacher certification, the National Board believes higher standards for teachers mean better learning for students. The founding mission of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by: maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do; providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards; advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers.

National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE)

The NCEE is organized to provide tools, professional development programs, technical assistance services, and other resources to support standards-based reform. 

National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA)

NCPSA was established in 1993 to support the development of a national entity that would serve as an accrediting association of private school accrediting agencies.

National Council for the Social Studies

NCSS is devoted solely to social studies education and engages and supports educators in strengthening and advocating social studies. 

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

The National Council of Teachers of English, the world's largest subject-matter educational association, is devoted to improving the teaching of English and the language arts at all levels of education. 

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

NCTM is a nonprofit, nonpartisan education association dedicated to improving mathematics teaching and learning, kindergarten through high school.

National Education Association (NEA)

NEA's Web site offers parents and teachers, citizens and students -- everyone interested in creating great schools -- a handy starting point for Web exploration. 

National Forensic League (NFL)

The National Forensic League (NFL) promotes secondary/middle level debate and speech communication education and interscholastic contests. 

National Parent Teachers Association (PTA)

NPTA's mission is to support and speak on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children; to assist parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect their children; to encourage parent and public involvement in the public schools of this nation.

National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA)

The National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA) is a national consortium of major stakeholders in educational leadership and policy. The purpose of the Board is to provide a forum for collaborative actions by organizations interested in the advancement of school and school-system leadership. 

National Rural Education Association (NREA)

Formerly known as the REA, NREA traces its origins back to 1907 when it was originally founded as the Department of Rural Education. Through the years it has evolved as a strong and respected organization of rural school administrators, teachers, board members, regional service agency personnel, researchers, business and industry representatives and others.

National School Boards Association (NSBA)

NSBA is the nationwide advocacy and outreach organization for public school governance. NSBA's mission is to foster equity and excellence in public elementary and secondary education in the United States through school board leadership. 

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is committed to the improvement of science education at all levels -- preschool through college. 

National Staff Development Council (NSDC)

NSDC is the largest not-for-profit education association focused solely on the issues of school improvement and professional development. NSDC's purpose: Engage every educator in effective professional learning every day so every student achieves.

SHAPE America

The vision of SHAPE America is "Healthy People – Physically Educated and Physically Active!" SHAPE America is the largest organization of professionals involved in school-based health, physical education and physical activity, who are dedicated to teaching and promoting active, healthy lifestyles. 

The Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE)

The Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education is an international association of individual teacher educators, and affiliated organizations of teacher educators in all disciplines, who are interested in the creation and dissemination of knowledge about the use of information technology in teacher education and faculty/staff development.

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Through professional interest sections, professional development programs, publications, and advocacy efforts, TESOL enables thousands of educators, researchers, and administrators worldwide to become more effective, more knowledgeable, and more skilled and to have a voice in shaping policies that affect their work.