Student Organizations and Programs
Chi Sigma Iota
Description: Chi Sigma Iota is an international honor society that values academic and professional excellence in counseling. Chi Sigma Iota promotes a strong professional identity through members (professional counselors, counselor educators, and students) who contribute to the realization of a healthy society by fostering wellness and human dignity. The Upsilon Chi Chapter at the University of Central Florida promotes scholarship, research, professionalism, advocacy, and excellence in counseling. We recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the profession of counseling.
President: Jamie Crabtree
Advisor: Dr. Stacy M. Van Horn
Education Student College Council
Description: ESCC is a leadership organization that provides a student voice to the faculty and administration of the College of Education and Human Performance. Its mission is to promote unity within the college by bringing together student educators to achieve common goals. ESCC members also serve as ambassadors at various college and community events.
President: James Hosey
Advisor: Dr. Caroline Pratt Marrett
Educators Rising Orlando Chapter
Description: Get Inspired, Get Prepared, Get Active! Goals of Educators Rising include promotion of the teaching profession, providing teacher candidates with resources to help them understand the profession and networking with other future teachers. Educators Rising also provides growth opportunities through leadership, community involvement, professional development, and academic/career support.
President: Bianca Lane
Advisor: Dr. Connie Goodman
Educators Rising Regional Chapter (Cocoa Campus)
Description: Get Inspired, Get Prepared, Get Active! Goals of Educators Rising include promotion of the teaching profession, providing teacher candidates with resources to help them understand the profession and networking with other future teachers in the Cocoa region. Educators Rising also provides growth opportunities through leadership, community involvement, professional development, and academic/career support.
President: Madeline Frennsen
Advisor: Nancy Brasel and Dr. Dan Ezell
Holmes Scholars Program
Description: Holmes Scholars® are a select network of doctoral students preparing for careers in the higher education professorate. Established in 1991, the National Holmes Scholars® Network is designed to enrich the scholarly experiences and professional connections of talented men and women from underrepresented groups in universities and colleges.
Advisor: Dr. Carolyn Hopp
Kappa Delta Pi
Description: Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, is committed to recognizing excellence and fostering mutual cooperation, support, and professional growth for educational professionals.
President: Bethany Fralish
Advisor: Dr. Lenora Forsythe
Description: KnightED Talks is a pre-service professional development initiative that supplements the teacher preparation provided by coursework and field experiences. It enhances the quality of UCF’s initial teacher certification program, contributing to the development of highly credentialed teacher education graduates, and increasing their marketability in today’s highly competitive job market.
KnightED Talks consists of weekly workshops conducted by university faculty and PreK-12 educators on areas of relevance to the teaching profession, such as job interviewing tips and classroom management. These workshops are free and require no registration; students simply show up, learn, and have fun while doing so. In January, students have an opportunity to be presenters at the KnightED Talks Student Showcase. This Showcase provides a tremendous opportunity for professional growth. This in-house conference is held on a Saturday in January.
Advisor: Analexis Kennedy, Ed.S.
Sport and Exercise Science Club
Advisor: Patricia Lanier
STEP (Supporting Teacher Education Pre-professionals)
Description: STEP is an exciting program for incoming freshmen who plan to major in education and become teachers.
Advisor: Dr. Constance Goodman
Student Art Education Association
President: Stacey Strickland
Advisor: Dr. Debby McGann
Student Council for Exceptional Education
Description: The mission of Student Council for Exceptional Children is to improve educational outcomes for individuals with disabilities, and/or the gifted. SCEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets of professional development standards, provides continual processional development, advocates for individuals with disabilities, and helps professionals obtain resources and training for effective professional practice.
President: Dena Slanda
Advisor: Dr. Mary Little
Student National Education Association
Description: Come join us for professional development and community outreach. Every year we have two Scholastic Book Fairs that help fund our Read Across America event on Dr. Seuss's birthday. There are several opportunities to go to conferences in the state and across the nation. Together we will have many opportunities to network with teachers from across the state and student teachers from across the nation. Our members get discounts on hundreds of restaurants from across the nation with travel, shopping and insurance discounts. The SNEA can protect you for any liability issues that come from any student teaching, service learning or organization events.
President: Kelly Felix
Advisor: Dr. Rita Buchoff
Student Personnel Association
Description: The Student Personnel Association is a student organization for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students who are interested in studying and/or working in student affairs. It offers professional development, networking, academic, and social opportunities for its members and people affiliated with the Higher Education and Policy Studies (HEPS) program.
President: Vanessa Franco
Advisor: Dr. Kathleen King
UCF National Science Teachers Association Student Chapter (UCF NSTA Student Chapter)
Description: The UCF NSTA Student Chapter’s mission is to encourage pre-service teachers to value the elements of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in their curriculum, as well as provide a fun filled environment of knowledge, resources, and professional development opportunities.
Vice President: Christine Parsons
Secretary: Abigail Kennedy
Treasurer: Taylor Perry
President: Allison Mignardi
Advisor: Dr. Malcolm Butler
Advisor: Dr. Vicky Zygouris-Coe