The KEA Student Program is a professional association for college students preparing
to enter the teaching profession. Through its affiliation with the KEA and the NEA,
KEA-SP provides college students assistance, benefits, professional resources, and
the opportunity to learn -- not only from each other -- but from a network of campus
advisors and from practicing professional educators.
KEA-SP is one of the largest student organizations in the country. The association
currently has 32 local chapters on Kentucky college and university campuses. Each
KEA-SP campus chapter plans activities and programs for members to help them become
successful teachers. KEA-SP also provides statewide training sessions to keep future
teachers informed on the issues that will affect them when they enter the classroom.
KEA Student Program Dues: $28
This includes $15 for NEA, $5 for KEA and $1 for the KEA technology assessment, and
$7 for local Murray State dues.
You may elect to pay your membership dues online with a credit card at https://www.kea.org/registration.aspx. Your online application information will be processed by KEA and forwarded to your
local campus chapter. You may also elect to pay your dues through your local campus
chapter advisor or you may send a membership form and check for $21 to: KEA Student
Program, 401 Capital Avenue, Frankfort, KY 40601.
The KEA Student Program is Kentucky's only professional association open to all college
students preparing to enter the teaching profession. Nearly 2,500 students working
for their teaching certificates at 36 Kentucky colleges and universities choose to
belong to the KEA Student Program each year—and they are better prepared to enter
the classroom because of it.
The KEA Student Program helps them complete their portfolios; document their mastery
of Kentucky's standards for new teachers; write their resumes and learn valuable interviewing
skills; prepare for the PRAXIS exams; and network with teachers and administrators
in the school districts where they will apply for teaching positions. Our former members
say their experience in the KEA Student Program helped them most when they had to
demonstrate their capacity for leadership during their KTIP year.
Each year KEA Student Program members enjoy access to a variety of state and regional
professional development events and many more at their home campuses, and the certificates
they receive become part of their portfolios. All of these events are open, free of
charge to KEA Student Program members. Community Outreach KEA Student Program members
take part in community outreach projects at home and across the state. KEA Student
Program members visit schools across Kentucky to read with children who might not
otherwise have that experience. In each of the last three years the KEA Student Program
and its individual campus chapters donated more than 1,500 books to needy children
at schools across Kentucky as part of NEA's Read Across America.
KEA Student Program members learn valuable leadership skills on campus and through
opportunities to work with KEA's local associations; in elected and volunteer positions
at the state level with the Student Program and KEA; and by representing KEA and the
KEA Student Program at national and regional conferences. In the last ten years alone,
more than 320 KEA Student Program members from 28 colleges and universities have represented
KEA and the Student Program at national professional conferences in Boston, Chicago,
Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Louisville, Miami, New Orleans, Orlando, Philadelphia, Wilmington
and Washington DC.
Scholarships and Awards
In the last ten years, KEA has awarded more than $60,000 in scholarships to members
of the KEA Student Program, through the Marvin Dodson-Carl Perkins Scholarship awards
program; every member is eligible to apply. In 2005, 2006 and 2007, a Kentucky student
won the national Jack Kinnaman Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded each year to
two members of the NEA Student Program.
As a member of the KEA Student Program you are covered automatically under the NEA
Educators Employment Liability Insurance Program. If legal action is brought against
you for any incident that occurs during your student teaching or other on-site classroom
activities required for your degree program, your legal expenses will be paid, along
with up to $1,000,000 in damages. For more information, email Jeanine Scott or call 1-800-231-4532, ext. 322 or ext. 326.
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