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Academic Interest and Professional Organizations for Students in the College of Education

The College of Education recommends students become involved in professional organizations in order to increase their awareness of the field of education, issues in education, and to improve leadership and communication skills.

Adult and Higher Education Student Association

AHESA is a student-run organization that is dedicated to offering activities and programs promoting social networking and professional development for students in the NIU Adult and Higher Education Program. Throughout the year, we will be hosting events for students and faculty which include free webinars, formal and informal socials, visits to conferences and more.

Advisor: Carrie Kortegast 815-753-9200

Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER)

AER is the only international membership dedicated to rendering support and assistance to professionals who work in all phases of education and rehabilitation of blind and visually impaired children and adults. The NIU chapter of AER provides such support to university students who are training to become teachers of children or adults who have visual impairments -- through professional activities such as conference attendance, guest speakers, field trips, and service activities that involve members in the community working with visually impaired individuals.

Advisor: Stacy Kelly 815-753-4103

College Student Advisory Committee (CSAC)

CSAC usually meets once a month for the academic year. The duties of this committee include, but are not limited to: 
  • Advise the dean of the college on all matters of direct concern to students. 
  • Advise the student representatives from the college to the University Council on matters of direct concern to students. 
  • Nominate or appoint student members to university committees, councils and boards. 
  • Screen and select the student member nominees for the University Council.

Advisor: Margee Myles 815-753-8352

Grad Sports Society

The primary goal of the Grad Sports Society is to encourage, promote and educate our members in their effort to become influential in the sport business world.

Advisor: Steve Howell 815-753-1157

KNPE Majors Club

KNPE Majors Club is designed to promote community fitness and to further professional interest in physical education and recreation. The Club provides opportunities for learning, friendship, and leadership through club-sponsored activities and services. The Club is open to all physical education majors and minors, including graduate students, in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education.

Advisor: Gail Koehling 815-753-3903

Northern Illinois Athletic Training Students Association

Certified athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity. As part of a complete health care team, the certified athletic trainer works under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other health care professionals, athletics administrators, coaches and parents. The goals of the Northern Illinois Athletic Training Students Association include: promoting the profession of Athletic Training to the Northern Illinois University body and general community, educating the community about the field of Athletic Training, enabling members to become better acquainted through a variety of professional and social activities, and providing educational services and resources to Athletic Training Students, Athletic Training majors, and the general community.

Advisor: Phil Voorhis 815-753-0211

Northern Illinois University Counseling Association (NIUCA)

NIUCA is a chapter of the Illinois Counseling Association, which is a state branch of the American Counseling Association. This group participates in volunteer, social, and informational meetings to build camaraderie and friendship, while also expanding the mind and understanding of students in the counseling program. It is open to all undergraduate, master’s level, and doctoral students who wish to learn more about the field of professional counseling.

NIUCA Mission: To enhance human development throughout the life span and to promote the counseling profession within the northern Illinois area.

Advisor: Adam Carter 815-753-8045

NIU Educator's Club

The purpose of the NIU Educators’ Club is to enhance the development of future educators by fulfilling the aims of service, learning, and diversity. Our hope is that members will gain more experience in their field working with students, learn more about the educational world through learning events, and gain networking opportunities as well.

Advisor:  Dianne Zalesky 815-753-9674

Northern Illinois University Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC)

The worldwide mission of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is to improve educational outcomes for exceptional individuals. The NIU Student Chapter (SCEC) pursues this mission by organizing informational presentations for prospective educators and by providing service to organizations serving students with disabilities. SCEC welcomes individuals from all disciplines and programs.

Advisor: Lisa Liberty


Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers 
Illinois Reading Council 
International Literacy Association
Literacy Research Association 
National Council of Teachers of English