MAT Student & Professional Organizations
Through UIndy's School of Education, you can get involved in organizations that help you gain valuable professional experience and connect with fellow students and professionals.
Kappa Delta Pi
UIndy's Sigma Omicron chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), the international honor society in education, provides leadership and professional development opportunities for juniors, seniors and recent graduates who are in the top 20% of their initial licensure programs, including elementary or secondary education, MAT and Woodrow Wilson fellows. The chapter has been recognized as one of the top chapters in the nation and has received the ACE (Achieving Chapter Excellence) Award every award year since 2005. This year, the chapter received the Dr. Florence B. Stratemeyer Award for Chapter Excellence, the highest award given to chapters.
Students involved in KDP exemplify leadership and service in education on campus and in the community. Each year they sponsor several signature events that provide professional development and networking opportunities for members and fellow Teacher Education students, including:
- Teacher Education Open House – During the first week of each semester, KDP and the Student Education Association host the Pizza, Pop and Professors’ luncheon with department faculty.
- KDP Literacy Alive! Service Project – Each January-April our chapter develops a service project to promote literacy with students in area schools.
- KDP iLEAD Practice Interviews - Each March, graduating teacher education students refine their interviewing skills with graduate students from the iLEAD principal preparation program before entering the job market.
- KDP "Conversation with Teachers" Series
- Fall Conversation with Urban Teachers - A panel of teachers from Indianapolis-area schools shares insights for working in urban schools.
- Winter Conversation with Teachers of Diverse Students – A panel of teachers of students who have varied learning, language, physical, and performance abilities shares advice for ensuring success with a variety of learners.
- Spring Conversation with Beginning Teachers – A panel of recent UIndy graduates shares their experiences from their first year of teaching and gives advice for applying and interviewing for jobs.
KDP members also receive honor cords to wear at graduation. For more information about the national organization, visit www.kdp.org.
Student Education Association
The Student Education Association works to help students develop a better understanding of the education profession through activities outside of class assignments and projects and offers future teachers a variety of professional development opportunities. Through this organization, you can connect with professionals in the education field, develop leadership skills and participate in community service.
National Association for Alternative Certification
The National Association for Alternative Certification (NAAC) caters to the needs of career changers entering and graduating from alternative teacher preparation programs, including Master of Arts in Teaching programs. The NAAC advocates and provides networking and professional development opportunities for those who take nontraditional routes to teacher certification/licensure. The NAAC also awards scholarships to enhance preK-12 student achievement.
The NAAC works with the Department of Education and National Center for Alternative Certification (NCAC) to provide resources and scholarships to teachers who have received licensing through alternative certification. The NAAC also works with the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) to provide reciprocity information for teachers who may move from one state to another during their teaching career.
We encourage all MAT students to join the association to share and benefit from the experiences of fellow career changers nationwide. For NAAC membership information, contact Dr. Angelia Ridgway.