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

The Teacher's Toolbox

The Teacher's Toolbox is GVSU's Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Student Chapter. This on-campus organization is devoted to providing education students with professional development, volunteer opportunities, and educational resources for serving children of all abilities. The Teacher's Toolbox 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 middle/high school education, The Teacher's Toolbox is the community for you.

Join The Teacher's Toolbox during our monthly meetings. 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 connect with students from local schools, attend a professional development symposium, and volunteer with events. 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 connects science to teaching, and provides professional opportunities for students wishing to pursue careers in K-12 science education. Science education majors and minors meet to prepare for the COE, explore careers, share resources, and talk with practicing teachers.

Neighbors for Justice

Neighbors for Justice provides opportunities for students to dive into deep, thoughtful discussions about some of the most pressing social justice issues facing our communities. This student-led group creates space for constructive dialogues around difficult, messy, and potentially uncomfortable topics, knowing such conversations are necessary in order to generate progress. They ultimately aim to build upon these discussions with volunteering and engaging in the broader social justice community in West Michigan.

Other GVSU Student Organizations

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