COE Student Organizations

The Collegiate Middle Level Association (CMLA) is a national student organization for students who dream of “working in the middle.”  Most of our Middle Level students become active participants in CMLA.  They enjoy professional and social activities to extend their learning experiences.  One of the best experiences CMLA encourages is to get students to attend the national and state middle level conferences.  Over the years CMLA students have traveled to Baltimore, Louisville, Atlanta, Denver, Nashville, Portland, St. Louis, and more. To learn more about this organization, contact the club president or advisor.

The Council for Exceptional Children has a chapter on campus. This student led organization is a great opportunity for students interested in the field of special education. 

Group of students at the Walk Now for AutismOver the years, students have attended the Multiple Perspectives Conference in Columbus, Ohio, hosted several guest speakers who provided different perspectives on the education of students with disabilities, and participated in a variety of fundraising events. To learn more about this organization, contact the club president or advisor.

The Ohio Student Education Association (OSEA) is the student forum for NEA and OEA. This organization's goal is to get students involved in the aspect of what NEA does to support teachers across America. The students officers are in charge of the direction of their group informing students of the benefits of being a member of this organization, including benefits for teacher education students. To learn more about this organization, contact the club president or advisor.

Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society in education founded by William Bagley in 1911 at the University of Illinois. KDP is the oldest and largest honor society in education in the United States. The purpose of Kappa Delta Pi is to promote excellence in & recognize outstanding contributions to education. The mission of KDP is to sustain an honored community of diverse educators by promoting excellence and advancing scholarship, leadership, and service. Students involved with Ashland's chapter, Kappa Nu, have the opportunity to expand their professional knowledge, network with experienced educators, and engage in personal growth in all areas of education. Guest speakers prepare students for life after graduation with information on taking licensure exams, developing resumes, interviewing, the resident educator process, and much more! Recently a student presented at the KDP national conference and was able to share what his experience was upon returning to campus. To learn more about this organization, contact the club president or advisor.

Stepping Up!

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Former OSEA President and founder, Mariya Denezhko, writes about her experience as a student-leader,

Clint Eastwood once said, "What you put into life is what you get out of it." Joining a student organization allowed me to go beyond the ordinary classroom experience and broaden my horizons of knowledge. A lot of what I have taken out of my college experience has been the extraordinary opportunities through campus organizations. Through them, I've seen myself grow as an individual and a professional.  In a world where ordinary always happens, at Ashland University you have many opportunities to change that; its only up to you to grasp onto them.

CMLA and Me!

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Former CMLA President, Ashleigh Persinger writes of her experience as a student-leader in CMLA,

Being involved in student organizations has allowed me to grow as a professional in many ways. It has allowed me to go to conferences where current teachers share their ideas and programs, which I could use in my future classroom. It has also allowed me to get an understanding of what a professional in the field of education looks like. There are so many things that go on behind the scenes in the education field that we talk about at our monthly meetings.