COE Student Community

Study Abroad

GVSU's Barbara H. Padnos International Center and the Consortium of Overseas Student Teachers (COST program) have partnered with College of Education faculty to offer a number of programs for education students to study abroad. 


Student Organizations for Future Teachers

Council for Exceptional Children

Grand Valley’s Council for Exceptional Children Student Chapter (CEC) is an on-campus organization devoted to providing education students with professional development, volunteer opportunities, and educational resources for serving children of all abilities. CEC welcomes all future educators with an emphasis in special education, general education, secondary education, school administration, and speech language pathology. Our guest speakers join us from a variety of places, including local school districts and educational service organizations. There is diversity in all classrooms, so whether your focus is in elementary, special education, or high school education, CEC is the community for you.

Join CEC during our bi-weekly events on Mondays at 7:00 pm in the Kirkhof building. You will meet people with similar interests and goals, as well as hear from a variety of wonderful speakers. You will also have the opportunity to be a pen pal with students from a local school, attend a professional development symposium, and volunteer with Grandville Transitions – a Region III Transition Program. Additionally, we exclusively sell College of Education apparel and merchandise to all GVSU students which can be ordered through our website.


Kappa Delta Pi

Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society in education that fosters excellence in education and promotes fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. The Grand Valley KDP Student Chapter provides service opportunities in schools and throughout the community to positively impact the education of all children.

Students can become a member of the organization by coming to events, volunteering in the community through partnering school programs, and many other ways. The easiest way to start is by becoming a member on OrgSync and getting information about our bi-weekly meetings.


Teachers of Tomorrow - Phi Delta Kappa

The Grand Valley Student Chapter for Teachers of Tomorrow is under the umbrella of Phi Delta Kappa’s Future Educators Association. Monthly meetings concentrate on topics of interest for future educators and service-learning/volunteer opportunities. Grand Valley State University is recognized as a Phi Delta Kappa International member with all the opportunities afforded by that organization.


National Science Teaching Association - Student Chapter

The Grand Valley National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) Student Chapter provides professional opportunities for students wishing to pursue careers in K-12 science education.


Other GVSU Student Organizations

Visit GVSU's Office of Student Life webpage to explore additional student organizations at GVSU.