Our organizations provide students with a variety of service and professional development experiences. With groups geared towards both teacher education students and kinesiology and sport management students, the School of Education offers opportunities for all students to become involved on campus.
Council for Exceptional Children
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is a special education organization that works with children who have special needs. Members do various service projects for the community that serve individuals with special needs and their families. Some of the activities include SibShops, Miss Amazing Pageant, Tanager Takeout, Lunch Buddies, Study Buddies at the middle school, Homework helpers, Halloween and Valentine’s Day Dance, Santa's Workshop and the Dakota Days Parade. The organization also works with the Special Olympics Group on USD's campus to advocate and promote self-determination.
National Association for the Education of Young Children
The National Association for the Education of Young Children is a professional membership organization that promotes high-quality education and learning for young children by addressing policy, research and early childhood practice.
National Education Association & South Dakota Education Association
A branch of the National Education Association, the USD chapter of the South Dakota Education Association aims to acquaint students in teacher education programs with the history, ethics and programs of the education profession while also supporting and increasing their involvement in the community. The association serves as a vehicle to strengthen students’ voices regarding concerns of the education profession in the state of South Dakota.
School of Education Student Ambassadors
The School of Education Student Ambassadors work closely with the School of Education Recruiter to communicate with prospective students, assist with recruitment events, give tours of the building and offer input during prospective students’ individual campus visits. This group exemplifies the spirit of the school and provides excellent opportunities for professional growth. Apply to become a student ambassador.
SERVE - Adopt a School, Big Pal/Little Pal, H.E.R.O.E.S.
USD SERVE is focused on enriching the community of Vermillion. The group upholds the goal of supporting the educational mission of USD by providing service-based learning opportunities to students, as well as creating an environment which advocates for the importance of community service and helping others.
USD Reading Council
The USD Reading Council is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to enhancing reading instruction and promoting the love of literature through a lifetime of literacy. The USD Reading Council is a professional organization for individuals who are genuinely concerned with the improvement of reading programs and teaching procedures, both developmental and remedial, for children and adults. As an affiliate of the International Reading Association, the USD Reading Council supports the goals of the association.
USD Young Professionals of Exercise and Sport
The Division of Kinesiology and Sport Management houses the USD Young Professionals of Exercise and Sport, an organization for students interested in all areas of kinesiology and sport management. The group hosts an annual Dye Hard Color Run, supports the community through fundraising events and partners with professionals to provide students with an inside look into various exercise and sport careers.