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.
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.
In 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 KEA Student Program members performed “extreme makeovers” on schools in the Frankfort Independent, Paducah Independent, Rowan County, Perry County, Bullitt County, Newport Independent and Harlan County school districts.
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 10 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 10 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.
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, contact Jeanine Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-231-4532 ext. 326.