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.

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 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

Excercise Science Club (NIU EXS)

NIU EXS is dedicated to assist in academic and professional development of its kinesiology undergraduate members. NIU EXS provides networking with NIU’s Exercise Science alumni and faculty, tours to facilities in the northern Illinois area, meetings with speakers and professionals within the field, mentoring, and volunteer opportunities.


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 NIU Educators Club is to enhance the development of future educators by fulfilling the aims of service, learning and diversity. Service shall be fulfilled by interacting and assisting peers, students, and educators on a voluntary basis in a learning environment. Learning shall be fulfilled through a dedication to lifelong learning by experiencing real life testimony, participating in discussion, and being conscious of and knowing how to utilize the plethora of resources available to educators. Diversity shall be fulfilled by being attentive to the vast range of differences in the field of education.  NIU Educators Club hopes to fulfill these aims while creating a network of future educators and having fun while growing our craft together!

Advisors:  Dianne Zalesky 815-753-9674 and Donna Werderich 815-753-7639

Northern Illinois University Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC)

NIU SCEC is an organization for pre-service educators and future support staff. NIU SCEC focuses on three pillars; professional development, services, and community, and is open to all majors. NIU SCEC aims to provide a great experience for professional development and support a sense of community among our members. The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), our parent organization, is an international organization that supports research into best educational practices, and offers professional development through several publications and conferences. CEC also works on a legal level, aiding in the development and renewal of the Individuals with Disabilities Education act of 2004 as well as developing college standards for syllabi.

Advisor: Lisa Liberty


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