Kappa Delta Pi
Kappa Delta Pi is the international honor organization for Education majors. The mission is to advance quality education by inspiring teachers to prepare all learners for future challenges. The local chapter, KDP - Mu Kappa, has been a part of Southwestern Oklahoma State University since 1970. It will soon celebrate it's 50th anniversary on this campus. The Mu Kappa Chapter desires to promote fellowship among those that are dedicated to teaching, and to foster excellence across the SWOSU campus and surrounding communities. Local activities sponsored or co-sponsored by Kappa Delta Pi include: Glow Prom, Elementary Career Day, Smart Art Paint Parties, Halloween Bash and Scavenger Hunt, Book Fair, and KDP Initiation. Requirements for membership in KDP are that students maintain a 3.0 GPA and have taken 12 hours or more in Education courses. Membership for the 2019-2020 academic year is 32, which is a 5-year high.
Oklahoma Aspiring Educators Association (OAEA)
The SWOSU Oklahoma Aspiring Educators Association (OAEA), formerly known as the Student Oklahoma Education Association (SOEA), is a pre-professional organization of undergraduate and graduate students currently preparing for careers in education. As a member of OAEA, students are affiliated with the Oklahoma Education Association, an educational professional association representing nearly 35,000 members in the state. OAEA members are also part of the National Education Association, the largest education association in the nation and a major force in shaping the nation’s education agenda, with over 3.2 million members representing every state in the nation. SWOSU OAEA chapters provide support with job interviewing skills, resume writing, brain-based learning, classroom management, cooperative learning and other vital educational information and issues. Local activities sponsored include: Back to School Watermelon Feed, Spring Icecream Social, Homecoming Parade Book Giveaway, Outreach To Teach Project, Angel Tree Sponsor, professional development sessions, and other campus and community events.
Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC)
The SWOSU Student Councilfor Exceptional Children (SCEC) mission is to improve awareness of issues related to exceptionalities, especially related to children with exceptional learning needs (ELN’s). We are a student service learning organization with members from all disciplines working collaboratively to ensure that children and youth with exceptionalities are valued and fully participating members of society. SCEC continues to strive to bring awareness of people with disabilities on campus and in the community. SCEC and KDP hosted their first annual Glow Prom in 2017. Glow Prom is for students in grades 7-12, adults, paraprofessionals and coaches in Special Olympics and has been designed to support and create community awareness. SCEC also takes an active role in helping the area Special Olympics coordinator provide an Olympics Village setting for the athletes.