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Student Organizations

Students in the School of Teacher Education participate actively in the following organizations. Each has a faculty advisor, but student officers direct all activities.

Kappa Delta Pi (KDP)

Kappa Delta Pi is an international honors society in education  committed to recognizing excellence and fostering mutual cooperation, support, and professional growth for educational professionals. The KDP motto is: “So to Teach, So to Serve, So to Live.” The Rho Chi Chapter at CCU was founded in 1990. The club currently has 10 officers and is looking forward to upcoming inductions in October.  Currently there are over 190 students eligible for induction. KDP is known for the involvement in several community activities. Currently KDP is fundraising for the Heart Walk and taking donations online. This semester KDP will also be participating in the Coat Drive for Waccamaw Elementary in Conway, S.C. KDP will have drop boxes located within the community for residents to donate. KDP also plans to sponsor one class at a local school to attend the Pirates Voyage in Myrtle Beach.  Requirements for joining KDP are a 3.25 GPA and acceptance into the Education Professional Program.  If anyone has questions about KDP or how to donate please contact Renee Ford at rdford@g.coastal.edu.

Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE)

The Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) Club is one of the oldest student organizations in the Spadoni College of Education. Membership is open to all students enrolled in the Physical Education Teacher Education program and welcomes new members. Dr. Sandra Nelson has been working with students in physical education for the past 25 years attending conferences, fundraising, participating in service projects and other community events. PETE club members attend South Carolina Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (SCAHPERD) Conference each November. At this conference, students from all across the state attend several interactive sessions and compete on the beach in the annual future professional “Superstars” competition. PETE also plays an active role in mentoring ‘at risk’ youth within the local schools. The physical activities for the Dalton and Linda Floyd “Teal Youth Day” on campus each semester are orchestrated by the physical education students. If you are interested in joining the PETE club please contact Dr. Nelson at sandran@coastal.edu.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) on Coastal’s campus gives back to their community by raising money for students and adults with disabilities. CEC currently has 40 members. Members of CEC enjoy going out into the community and spending time with individuals with disabilities and fundraising. Last year CEC participated at the Polar Plunge in Myrtle Beach and raised over $2000 for the SC Special Olympics. Other sponsored events included Special Needs Aynor Family Fun Day, a golf tournament at Quail Creek to raise money for the SC Special Olympics, the Thanksgiving Feast at Loris High School, Read across America, Sweetheart Dance at Loris High School, and a bake sale. CEC’s first event for the semester will be volunteering at the Aynor Family Fun Day on October 8th. CEC meetings are on the first Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. in KH 108. Students interested in joining CEC can contact Rebecca Ringrose at rcringro@g.coastal.edu.

Peer 2 Peer Mentoring

Offered through the Center for Excellence, Academic Advising, and Student Services, the Peer-to-Peer Mentoring program is one of the newer programs offered to our pre-professional students in the Spadoni College of Education. The Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program is designed to provide students with peers that act as positive role models in promoting healthy lifestyles. This program assists students in a smooth transition to college as they deliver services to peers and members of their community. The program's goal is to empower and to engage our pre-professional students as they encounter meaningful experiences and opportunities on their paths to becoming great educators.