Professional Organizations

  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) is a national, voluntary association of colleges and universities with undergraduate or graduate programs that prepare professional educators.
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA) 
    AERA is an international professional organization with the primary goal of advancing educational research and its practical application. Its 20,000 members are educators; administrators; directors of research, testing or evaluation in federal, state and local agencies; counselors; evaluators; graduate students; and behavioral scientists. The broad range of disciplines represented by the membership includes education, psychology, statistics, sociology, history, economics, philosophy, anthropology, and political science.
  • American Educational Studies Association (AESA) was established in 1968 as an international learned society for students, teachers, research scholars, and administrators who are interested in the foundations of education. AESA is a society primarily comprised of college and university professors who teach and research in the field of education utilizing one or more of the liberal arts disciplines of philosophy, history, politics, sociology, anthropology, or economics as well as comparative/international studies.
  • Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) is an international, educational and professional not-for profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the knowledge, theory, and quality of learning and teaching at all levels with information technology.
  • Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)is an organization to provide leadership in educational communications and technology by linking professionals holding a common interest in the use of educational technology and its application to the learning process.
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) 
    This is an international organization of superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members focused on all aspects of effective teaching and learning—such as professional development, educational leadership, and capacity building.
  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
    The largest professional organization of professionals and parents concerned with the education of children with exceptionalities.
  • Council of Social Foundations (CSF) (formerly The Council of Learned Societies in Education) is a national federation of professional associations and societies in the educational foundations, educational studies, and educational policy studies fields devoted to maintaining and strengthening the role of the foundations in the preparation of educational personnel, in the study and analysis of education, and in policymaking related to education at all levels in the United States. The foundations of education, educational studies, and educational policy studies involve the study of education utilizing such disciplines as history, philosophy, sociology, psychology, social psychology, anthropology, economics, and political science, or such interdisciplinary fields as comparative and international education, multicultural education, community and adult education, and many others. All such study stresses interpretive, normative, and critical perspectives in understanding, analyzing, and implementing educational theory and practice.
  • Educational Testing Service (ETS)
    This is the web site for Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers (PRAXIS) and Educational Testing Service (ETS). They administer the PPST and PLT test.
  • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a nonprofit professional organization with a worldwide membership of leaders and potential leaders in educational technology. ISTE is dedicated to providing leadership and service to improve teaching and learning by advancing the effective use of technology in K–12 education and teacher education. ISTE provides their members with information, networking opportunities, and guidance as they face the challenge of incorporating computers, the Internet, and other new technologies into their schools.
  • Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) 
    A national nonprofit organization of professionals and parents who have an
    interest in learning disabilities.
  • Kansas Reading Association, an organization of 21 local councils,
    provides information about reading and professional development on its
  • Kansas State Department of Education
    This web site has links to the online Kansas Educational Directory.