Connecting with Your Peers
Joining a student chapter of an educator-focused organization can help you form teacher networks, access resources, and receive support when needed. School of Education internships require liability protection, and both of these organizations provide this to student interns.
Mississippi Association of Educators - Student Program
The Mississippi Association of Educators Student Program (MAE-SP) is a pre-professional organization of undergraduate students preparing for careers in education. While in the teacher education program, student members will have access to many benefits that will help during practicum experiences (including financial assistance and discounts, professional development, and legal representation and protection), and these benefits can continue throughout teaching careers. The goal of MUW’s MAE-SP chapter is to serve as a support group for the students involved in the organization, and students who join this chapter also become a part of MAE parent organization, known as the National Education Association (NEA).
To learn more about membership benefits, visit MAE website (http://maetoday.org/benefits/). To join the MAE-SP organization, the cost is $25.00 per year, and applications can be obtained by contacting the MAE-SP faculty advisors or by registering online.
*Please note, there are no stipulations such as grade point average (G.P.A.) and class classification, and the MUW’s MAE-SP chapter meets twice a semester.
Mississippi Professional Educators - MUW Student Chapter
The Mississippi Professional Educators (MPE), the state's largest organization for professional educators, is a professional association with over 14,000 teachers, administrators and support personnel. MPE serves members in pre-K through graduate education in both public and private institutions with the purpose of promoting better education for the children of Mississippi. In addition to gaining access to educational resources that will help you transition from your teacher education program to your very own first classroom; this association offers many benefits to its members. Immediately upon joining the MPE - MUW Student Chapter, you will receive "Your First Classroom: MPE's Guide for New Teachers" and "Teacher Preparation Career Manuals." Additionally, MPE members are provided ongoing professional development resources and support throughout all their years of teaching.
To learn more about membership benefits, visit the MPE website (https://www.mpe.org/page/benefits). To join the MPE - MUW Student Chapter, the cost is $14 per year, and applications can be obtained by contacting the faculty advisor or by registering online.
Please note that there are no stipulations such as grade point average (G.P.A.) and class classification. Members shall attend two student chapter meetings per term and participate in a yearly student chapter service project. Student members who seek leadership opportunities may be nominated and elected for student chapter officers: President, Vice-President/President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and Public Relations chairperson.