Professional organizations, whether you join, participate in functions that they sponsor, or explore their websites, can be valuable resources at points throughout your career development. Consider them for career exploration, networking, finding job postings, and for continued professional development.
In many ways, a professional society is an instant network: You’ll be with others who have the same general career interest. Additionally, you may be able to learn more about your field and potential employers from other members. Consider volunteering at or attending an organization’s events. They often offer special discounted rates for volunteers and students. Conferences are a great way to make connections and to learn about important trends and issues that impact your career field.
A general listing of professional organizations by field is available at Weddles.
Specific professional organizations that are applicable to different School of Education disciplines are grouped by department.
- Communication Sciences & Disorders
- Counseling Psychology
- Curriculum & Instruction
- including Art Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary Education, English as a Second Language, Music Education, Reading Teacher/Specialist, Secondary Education, World Language Education
- Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
- Educational Policy Studies
- including Education Studies and Educational Policy Studies
- Educational Psychology
- including Athletic Training, Exercise and Movement Science, Kinesiology, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Education
- Rehabilitation Psychology
- including Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education
- Theatre and Drama