About the Program

SEA at GSU is a student club at Governors State University. The SEA chapter is part of the Illinois Education Association (IEA) Student Program and the National Education Association (NEA). The IEA Student Program is a pre-professional organization of undergraduate and graduate students preparing for careers in education. As a member of the IEA Student Program, students are also a part of the larger Illinois Education Association, an educational professional organization representing over 130,000 members in the state, across 40 campuses in Illinois. IEA Student Program members are also part of the National Education Association, a network of state associations that has over two million members and is a major force in shaping the nation’s education agenda. Students throughout the state on university and college campuses are able to take advantage of the many opportunities afforded them through the IEA Student Program, as well as engage in service to the community and professional development.

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Why Should You Join SEA?

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Who Can Join SEA?

Members of the IEA Student Program include students going into careers in the field of education and working in schools: teachers (infants to 12th grade), social workers, school counselors, occupational therapists, administrators, etc. It is open to both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as students in various fields. Students must enroll and pay membership dues annually.

Becoming a Member

To join the Student Education Association, you will have to register with the National Education Association (NEA) online. Dues are $30 paid annually, at the beginning of every school year in September.

By joining SEA/NEA you will receive many benefits. Plus, a membership to a professional organization in your field looks great on your resume! See the membership brochure for details. For information about how to register, view the registration flyer.


The following opportunities are available to members:

  • IEA Rebate
  • Student Scholarships
  • Professional Publications
  • Student Awards
  • Professional Development Workshops
  • Grant Opportunities
  • Mentoring Program
  • Mini-Resumes
  • Liability Insurance
  • Legal Services
  • Car Insurance and Rentals
  • Mortgage Plans
  • Community Service and Social Activities
  • Networking Opportunities with Other Professionals

More information on benefits:

  • Membership Benefits
  • For a full list of benefits visit the NEA website.

SEA Committee: Faculty Advisors and Student Leaders

The committee is composed of student leaders and faculty advisors. Our SEA group is led by student leaders who are guided by faculty advisors; the student officers develop leadership skills by running the weekly meetings, developing newsletters, managing social media, finding service activities, creating events, recruiting members, and attending leadership conferences offered by IEA.

For more information, contact the SEA/KDP Committee Chair: Dr. Katy E. Hisrich

Social Media

Stay connected by browsing our various social media accounts and other helpful resources on our social media directory.

SEA/KDP YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyQTPMKJLX6mU80guqcRlxQ 
For information about our upcoming events, visit our website and Facebook page:

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See photos of all of our events starting in 2015.

Student Leaders
Learn about our current and former leaders starting from 2015.