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More than 6,000 future educators studying at PA colleges and universities are members of Student PSEA. As part of the next generation of educators, Student PSEA helps members hit the ground running through professional development workshops, service projects, and more.  

And join the convo with other Student PSEA members. You'll hear things like, "Did you know you can join as a multi-year member? It's more cost effective and guarantees uninterrupted liability coverage!"

Information & Updates

Apply for the 2022 Gettysburg Summer Leadership Conference!

You have the opportunity to join PSEA from July 24-28 for the 2022 Gettysburg Summer Leadership Conference to build your knowledge and skills as a future leader within our Association, network with fellow educators from across the state, and grow professionally as you prepare to begin your education career through various professional development sessions. 

Applications are being accepted now until May 31, so don't delay. Attendees are responsible for travel expenses to and from Gettysburg. There are a limited number of scholarships through PSEA to pay for your room and board. You must be 21 to attend. 

Questions? Contact Julie Smith at jsmith@psea.org or Chris Clayton at cclayton@psea.org for more information. 

NEA's Aspiring Educator Micro-Credentials

NEA provides 16 micro-credential courses to aspiring educators that help you develop the skills and understanding you need in your first steps to becoming a classroom teacher. Here are just a few of the courses you have access to: 

  • Classroom Management for Creative Learning
  • Connected Educator-Growing Your Professional Network
  • Understanding Educator Ethics

2022 Student PSEA Conference and Convention Recap

Over 150 aspiring educators gathered in Erie on April 8 and 9 for the 2022 Student PSEA Conference and Convention. Attendees heard from various education professionals, Second Lady of Pennsylvania, Ms. Gisele Fetterman, and PSEA leaders. 

Members also participated in the Outreach to Teach service project at McKinley Elementary School in downtown Erie to beautify and improve the building's hallways, library, stairways, auditorium, and more to show the school's community that we care, love, and support them. 

Over 75 state, regional, and national elections were held, as well as the regional and state Student PSEA House of Delegates. Almost $2,000 was donated to PACE.

Thirteen nominations were received for members to attend the 2022 NEA Aspiring Educators Conference and Representative Assembly hosted in Chicago this year. The APEX, Underclassmen, Faculty Advisor, Chapter Growth, and Servant Leadership Awards were granted to worthy locals and members.

Stay tuned for more information about the 2023 Student PSEA Conference and Convention happening on March 23-25 at the Hershey Lodge. 

Get hands-on teaching experience as a substitute

The Pennsylvania General Assembly recently approved bipartisan legislation that will help get more substitute teachers into public school classrooms and address the substitute teacher shortage that is stretching educators and support professionals to the breaking point. 
 
As a student, you can help. Here’s how: 
 
  • Soon-to-be-college graduates who have completed all of their requirements except a PRAXIS exam and have not yet received their diplomas can become day-to-day substitutes or long-term subs on a temporary basis.
  • Current college students who have completed a minimum of 60 credits in a Pennsylvania college or university teacher preparation programs can be substitutes.  

Get started by visiting www.psea.org/subswanted, and learn more about the substitute teacher legislation at www.psea.org/sublegislation.  

Starting your education career? NEA's School Me podcast brings you advice from experienced educators about classroom management tips, lesson plan ideas, and inspiring stories to help strengthen your career.

Career Toolkit

Education is a challenging and rewarding profession. And Pennsylvania’s public school students need the very best and brightest to make sure they’re getting the power of a great education.

  • Quickly compare starting salaries in your area (or across the state) and see where the jobs are
  • Get student debt and loan guidance
  • Continue to develop your professional career with classes in our Center for Professional Learning
  • Find current creditation and insurance documents

Check out these and many other resources in PSEA's Toolkit and start planning a career in public education today.

Student Debt Resources

💰 STUDENT DEBT 💰

Degrees Not Debt - What is the "Degrees Not Debt" program and how does it work?

The NEA recognizes the burden student loan debt is putting on public educators and developed a campaign called “Degrees Not Debt.” This campaign is intended to inform student loan borrowers of their rights and options in the repayment process as many borrowers are unaware of their eligibility for programs that can make their monthly payment affordable and provide loan forgiveness. Learn more.


 NEA Student Debt Navigator powered by Savi

NEA’s Student Debt Navigator powered by Savi offers a free online student loan evaluation tool to determine eligibility for federal programs to help you manage your student loan debt. Learn more. 

Educators' Employment Liability Insurance (EEL)

The NEA Educators' Employment Liability Program is a professional liability insurance program provided as a benefit of PSEA/NEA membership, and underwritten by a highly-rated insurance company.

The Source

The Source is an e-newsletter for Student PSEA members that focuses on current issues, provides quick updates, and spotlights activities and events happening around the commonwealth.

In this issue: 

  • 2022 Student PSEA Conference and Convention
  • Become a Substitute this Summer
  • NEA Podcast: School Me
  • NEA Aspiring Educators Elections and Awards
  • Professional Development Resources
  • Save Money with PSEA's Member Benefits
  • PSEA’s Career Planning Toolkit
  • Follow Student PSEA on social media!

Lucy Valero Scholarships

The Lucy A. Valero Scholarship Fund, administered by PSEA, provides scholarships to outstanding Pennsylvania college and university students who are enrolled in accredited teacher preparation programs.

The fund also provides a scholarship to a high school student who is a member of Future Educators Association.

Student PSEA blog

Learn more about Student PSEA events and happenings on the Student PSEA blog - featuring posts from student leaders. 

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6 Thousand

PSEA represents more than 6,000 future educators at Pennsylvania colleges and universities. 

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2021-22 Student PSEA Executive Committee/Board

2021-22 Student PSEA Executive Committee

President
Sabreena Shaller, Millersville University

Vice President
Madison Sissem, Edinboro University

Secretary
Brianna Morgan, Mansfield University

PSEA-PACE Chair
Victoria Violet, PSU Altoona


2021-21 Student PSEA Executive Board

Central Region President
Niccola Wood, Mansfield University

Central-Western President- TBA

Eastern Region President - TBA

Midwestern Region President
Koryn Jones, Slippery Rock University

Northeastern Region President
Julia Hinkle, Bloomsburg University

Northwestern Region President
Amanda Hall, Edinboro University

Southeastern Region President- TBA

Southern Region President
Alexis Cancila, Millersville University

Southwestern Region President
Emily Gill, University of Pittsburg-Greensburg

Western Region President - TBA