Association of Student Educators
At HCU, we are blessed to have an organization that is committed to the concept of ongoing professional preparation for students already in our Educator Preparation Program, as well as students who are in the process of making the decision about becoming an educator. The Association of Student Educators (ASE) is an organization that is focused on providing our members with opportunities to engage in professional development, service and collaboration.
The mission of ASE is to provide a forum for professional development among those seeking to become educators. ASE strives to build an environment that is both encouraging and educational in order to support and train future teachers. Through this community, University students will have the opportunity to build relationships and network with other peers as well as professors and those in the teaching profession. Along with building a community, ASE aims to serve the community through service that will enrich the lives of students involved in the organization as well as those in the Houston community. The overall purpose of ASE is to make better teachers for tomorrow, starting today.
ASE is a local unit that functions under the auspices of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE). A student becomes a member of ATPE when he or she takes classes at HCU that require field work. With the free ATPE membership, students receive free liability insurance and numerous discounts. Another of ASE’s goals is to encourage our members to remain ATPE members when they accept a teaching position in a Texas school.
Some of the topics that have been addressed at the meetings are campus safety, managing stress, the impact of truancy, interviewing tips, challenges in special education, and the differences in working for a private versus a public school. Some of the service opportunities have included assistance with the Teaching and Learning Symposium (sponsored by HCU’s School of Education), contribution of Box Tops for Education (for a local school’s reading program), and Books for Africa (for distribution to school children throughout Africa).
ASE meets on the second and fourth Monday of every month during the school year from 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. in Hinton 207.
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