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Student Organizations

Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)

The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) is one of the oldest education associations in the world. Founded in 1892, ACEI promotes the inherent rights of children and the professional development of classroom teachers.

ACEI’s Mission

To promote and support in the global community the optimal education and development of children, from birth through early adolescence, and to influence the professional growth of educators and the efforts of others who are committed to the needs of children in a changing society.

Hazel McCanne Student Branch

Our student branch is named in memory of Dr. Hazel McCanne, a professor of Early Childhood Education in our department for many years. Her work at this university is memorialized in a photo montage on the 3rd floor of the Education Building. Membership in our student branch benefits future teachers by involving them in activities related to teaching and offering an opportunities to share ideas and interests with others committed to children. While we encourage membership in ACEI, all members and non-members are welcome at our meetings. Please see our bulletin board on the 2nd floor of the Education Building for updated membership and meeting information.

Texas State Branch Officers Spring 2014

President -- Kelsey Gutierrez

Vice President -- Marcela Salisbury

Treasurer -- Kayla Holloway

Secretary -- Magy Basily

Publicity/Historian -- Anna Meyers

Fundraising -- Brianna Hart

Community Service -- Jasri Iglesias


Bilingual Education Student Organization

B.E.S.O. or the Bilingual Education Student Organization is a Professional Development organization that was founded at Texas State University on February 20, 1980.  We are affiliated with the Texas Association for Bilingual Education or TABE. 

The purpose of B.E.S.O. is to create opportunities for students to exchange ideas, practices, and information about bilingual education on a local, state, and national level and promoting bilingual-bicultural education.  Our organization makes every effort to develop support groups, to grow professionally, and to serve the local bilingual community through various volunteer activities. Additionally, B.E.S.O. provides a means for recruitment of new Bilingual Education teachers, which is one of the highest-need teaching fields in Texas and throughout the nation.

Members must:


  • Be a Texas State University Student.
  • Interested or majoring in bilingual education.
  • Pay dues by the 2nd meeting ($30), which includes a membership with TABE.
  • Participate in activities as much as possible. 

B.E.S.O Meetings
The B.E.S.O. meetings are conducted in a relaxed atmosphere. Typically B.E.S.O. will have two monthly meetings, which will occur every other week. Our meetings will feature invited speakers from the education sector and they will serve as a forum for the presentation and discussion of different topics such as policy, teaching practices, research, materials development, and lesson ideas. The meetings will also serve as a forum where students can share ideas about Bilingual Education and discuss what works and what does not. Our goal is to build relationships with one another and learn from each other.

For more information contact B.E.S.O. sponsors: Dr. Roxanne Allsup-Cuellar or Dr. Maria De la Colina



Kappa Delta Pi

International Honor Society in Education

Chapter Counselor in San Marcos and Round Rock: Dr. Nathan Bond,

Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society in education. Founded in 1911, the organization has more than 55,000 members in 665 chapters worldwide.  Famous KDP members include Albert Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jean Piaget and George Washington Carver.  The Eta Zeta Chapter at Texas State University was chartered in 1951 and was named by their national office as one of the top chapters in the United States in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015.

Requirements for Membership
Local Events Each Semester
  • Monthly professional development meetings
  • Initiation ceremony
  • Service projects
  • Social events

Local Benefits
  • Honor cords that can be worn at graduation
  • Certificate of membership for your classroom wall or portfolio
  • Membership to list on your résumé
  • Local professional development meetings
  • Leadership and service opportunities
  • Opportunities to network with other local honor society members

National Benefits
  • Four issues for Kappa Delta Pi Record, a national journal for beginning teachers
  • Four issues of the New Teacher Advocate, another national journal for beginning teachers
  • Access to teacher resources through the KDP website
  • Eligibility for more than $100,000 in scholarships   


San Marcos Student Reading Council

The San Marcos Student Reading Council is an organization dedicated to promoting literacy. This student organization is affiliated with the Texas Association of Literacy Education (TALE) and the International Literacy Association (ILA)

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Officers for Fall 2017 
President: Meghan Horsley
VP: Courtney Calhoun
Secretary/Treasurer: Cassandra Cordero
Public Relations/Membership Officers: Amanda Singley and Hayley Belknap

Students who join the Reading Council also become members of TALE and have the option to join the International Reading Association at the student rate.  Student members of ILA may attend the national conference at no cost. The first 25 members to join will receive a free t-shirt (dues $15).  Preservice teacher members who join the national affiliate (ILA) as students ($30) will get to attend the 3-day International Literacy Association conference in Austin (July 21-23, 2018) for free! That's a savings of $400+!

Membership in the Reading Council provides multiple opportunities to enhance leadership skills, which include: presenting at and attending local, state and national conferences; opportunities to connect and share ideas with other university student reading councils; and planning/implementing community service projects. 

Each semester, the Reading Council sponsors a read aloud event with  San Marcos Public Library, sharing our literacy teaching with local children, and engaging in crafts and play.  At the Reading Council meetings students hear experienced teachers and highly-qualified speakers who address topics such as classroom diversity, literacy pedagogy, reading across the curriculum, and student motivation.

You are invited to join the Reading Council at Texas State. For more information and a membership application contact the sponsor: Dr. Gwynne Ellen Ash at

Texas State Teacher Association – Student Program

Faculty Sponsors

Dr. Minda López and Ms. Jessica Ligon


Mission Statement

The Texas State Teachers Association will unite, organize and empower public education advocates to shape public education in Texas thus providing a quality public school for every child.


The Texas State University TSTA-Student Program joins a strong network of other TSTA student programs and practicing educators all around the state who are working in public education and advocacy.  The TSTA is the oldest organization of teachers in the state and is part of the National Education Association.


As a member, you will become part of a powerful network of educators.  You will have access to premier professional development sessions and networking, resources for new teachers, teaching tips, professional liability insurance, legal defense funds and consultation, discounts on various services. 


Join us as we work together for empowerment of public education in Texas!