Joining with fellow students brings a powerful sense of community to your learning experience. You'll find common cause with your peers within our student organizations. In addition, the School of Education sponsors events focused on issues relevant to you through regular programming on student and faculty research, community building, and invited lecturers.

School-Wide Organizations


The Student Development Committee is comprised of representatives from all SOE program areas. This group helps shape school-level town halls, celebrations of excellence, and other events related to professional development. Members meet monthly. Each representative serves a minimum of one academic year. In early fall, any open seats are made known to the program chair and a request for volunteers is extended.

Golden Apple Scholars are comprised of students in the teaching & learning undergraduate program who have received tuition scholarship awards from the Illinois-based organization. The Golden Apple program focuses on supporting Illinois high-school students through scholarship funding, mentoring,, and professional development.

The Scholars meet periodically throughout the academic year with the Assistant Dean of Student Academic Affairs and Golden Apple representatives. For information on Golden Apple Scholarships, visit their website.

Program Level Student Organizations

Several SOE program areas have active student organizations that serve the students within that area. These groups are listed below, along with their related program area and a brief description. If you are interested in pursuing membership in these groups, enrolled students should contact the program area or refer to the contact information listed.

Counseling Psychology

Doctoral Advisory Committee (DAC) provides doctoral students a safe space (no faculty except when invited) to bond, to generate questions, and to engage in peer mentoring.

Higher Education

Higher Education Student Association (HESA) is the student-led programming, outreach and advocacy organization for students, alumni, and friends of the Higher Education program. We support the holistic development and serve as the collective voice representing the needs of higher education students at Loyola.

Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs

School Psychology

Loyola Association of School Psychology (LASP) is a student-run organization focused on creating community. Our mission is to increase visibility of school psychology as a career choice. The students work together to identify ways they can serve Chicago area children in facilitating access and equity.

Student Affiliates of School Psychology (SASP) is a student organization with a similar mission as LASP for our doctoral students.

School Psychology Journal Club is a student-initiated and led group that holds regularly scheduled gatherings ( 2 x per month] open to students and faculty to read and discuss current journal articles on issues important to the development of the science practitioner.

Teaching, Learning, and Leading with Schools and Communities

LUC Future Teachers Club/Illinois Education Association engages teacher preparation students in professional development, social networking, and service projects with local schools. Service projects have included building playgrounds at local schools and K-12 student engagement. Loyola’s future teachers are always a strong presence at the annual IEA conference and have won several grants to help support family literacy programs in the Lake Shore Campus community. 

Awards and Honors

University-Wide Honors

The School of Education participates in the Alpha Sigma Nu Honor (ASN) Society . Each Spring, new candidates are invited to participate in ASN, the national society of Jesuit College and University throughout the world. Candidates are students from across the University who excel in scholarship, loyalty and service, and promote Ignatian values for life. The Induction ceremony takes place the following October in Madonna Della Strada Chapel on the Lake Shore campus.  

Each year one SOE Student is nominated for the President’s Medallion. The representative for the SOE embodies Leadership, scholarship, and service, bringing the spirit of the Jesuit mission to life. The medallion is presented at a formal event each Fall which is followed by the President’s Ball. Click to read about Ryan Evans, our 2020 recipient.

School of Education Honors & Awards

All SOE students are eligible to apply for Student Excellence awards. This annual event is sponsored by the SOE’s Student Development Committee. Awards are made each Spring term for excellence in research, teaching, and service. Click here to read about the 2021 recipients.

Undergraduates also are eligible for the Dean’s list (each term), laudatory status (awarded to eligible students upon completion of the program), and program area awards which are determined by T&L faculty and awarded during the Undergraduate Honor’s Celebration in the days before commencement. The Honor’s Celebration includes all graduating Honor’s program students as well as those who have earned laudatory status.