Early Childhood Education Organization
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Angela Salmon
Phone: (305) 348-3211
The Early Childhood Education Club is a student club for Early Childhood Education students currently recognized by SOC. This club is affiliated with the South Florida Association for Young Children (SFAYC) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), our professional organization. Professional development opportunities are offered focusing on the quality of care and education for children from birth to age eight, which are the critical years of development. The club promotes participation in the local, state and national conferences through monthly meetings and fundraising efforts. Traditionally, the club represents FIU at the statewide ECA conference held on Orlando every September.
The FIU chapter is affiliated with the national and state organizations of the same name. Membership is open to students of all education majors who are interested in increasing their knowledge and skills in the field of education as a career. Local activities include service to local schools and educational agencies, and fund-raising for sponsoring the annual FEA conference for high school students. This full day meeting is designed for local high school members of FEA. The conference attracts approximately 300 Dade and Broward public and private high school students and their sponsors to the University Park campus, to meet COE faculty and to discuss current topics in the education field. The organization also sponsors presentations throughout the Fall and Spring semester, inviting local teachers and other educators to discuss topics such as classroom realities, teaching opportunities, and job interviews. Members regularly attend the state conference.
All College of Education graduate students are invited to join the COE Graduate Student Network (GSN) – the College’s award-winning graduate student organization. The GSN was established as a means for graduate students in the College, regardless of academic program, to connect, network, and share their passion for education. For the 2005-2006 academic year, the GSN was awarded the “Outstanding Student Organization Award” by the University’s Graduate Student Organization, selected from 20 other graduate organizations within FIU. In an effort to build community and keep students informed, the GSN sponsors a variety of programming throughout the year. Events include socials, volunteer experiences, lectures with prominent faculty, and seminars on a variety of topics such as navigating the dissertation process. All COE graduate students are invited to join GSN via http://www.orgsync.com/ Once a member of GSN on orgsync.com you will have access to all GSN members, all the latest GSN news, and get emails of our upcoming events.
Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) is a national education academic honor society that sponsors a variety of local activities including school volunteerism, participation in ecological events, and networking meetings with local educators. KDP “is committed to recognizing excellence and fostering mutual cooperation, support, and professional growth for educational professionals.” Membership benefits include: free copies of educational magazines, regional and national conferences, job-hunting tips and tools and much more.
Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) is an international association for professional educators. The organization's mission is to promote quality education as essential to the development and maintenance of a democratic way of life by providing innovative programs, relevant research, visionary leadership, and dedicated service. Membership is open to educators who have a baccalaureate degree or are credentialed for teaching and who are active in a position requiring teacher certification or in education work in these areas: adult and continuing education; educational research; early childhood education; elementary and secondary education; school administration or supervision; teacher education; higher education; or any other education-related field. Membership is also open to graduate students in education and student teachers who are enrolled in a program leading to teacher certification.
The membership form is available at http://www.pdkintl.org/join/. The chapter code is “FIU 1370.” An additional $10 for local chapter fees is collected to support local programming, bringing the total membership fee to $91.00.
FIU’s SCEC is Chapter 822, a part of the national organization, Council for Exceptional Children. The local student chapter is also affiliated with the Florida Federation Council for Exceptional Children. Student members volunteer time and talent working with local groups and organizations including Horses for the Handicapped, Special Olympics, Shake-a-Leg, Dance Marathon, Every Child Counts (Abaco Project), and our STEP tutoring program. Student dues are $35.00 annually, and include national membership in CEC and subscriptions to the professional journals, “Exceptional Children” and “Teaching Exceptional Children.”
Students Working for the Advancement of Technology (SWAT)
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Aixa Perez-Prado
Phone: (305) 348-3504
Office: ZEB 341A
The SWAT Team provides a means for students to meet outside the classroom setting to discuss technology-related issues. Club members form friendships while working toward specific goals. The goal of the SWAT Team is to provide students with the knowledge needed to assume a leadership position in enhancing the role of technology in education. Members learn how to work on a computer and how to install upgrades. Hands-on workshops provide information on a number of topics such as preparation for the A+ and the MOUS certification exams. The SWAT Team motto is “Education Through Application,” so members will be prepared for a spectrum of jobs in business, industry, government and educational institutions involved in the application of modern technology to the needs of our society.