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Student Highlights

There are many ways for education majors at The University of Tampa to gain professional experience and foster their leadership skills prior to graduation. These extra-curricular opportunities include the following:

UT’s Education Leadership Group (BELIEVE)

Leadership opportunities include research, service

UT’s Department of Education invites its most outstanding students to become members of its leadership program. Once selected, students participate in a variety of research, scholarly and service activities.

  • Research involvement: Students traveled to Finland to participate in a research project examining Finland’s #1 world-ranked school system.
  • Scholarly involvement: Students have their work and research studies published in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Service involvement: Students have volunteered with the Boys & Girls Club to create and implement a weeklong anti-bulling campaign for a local middle school. Watch VIDEO.

The Education Leadership Group (BELIEVE) was named UT’s 2012-2013 Outstanding New Organization of the Year.

For more information about the leadership group, contact the faculty advisors.

Pattie Johnston,
Merrie Tankersley,

To apply for the leadership group, submit an application (PDF).

Kappa Delta Pi

An international honor society for all education majors

Students can join the international honor society for education, Kappa Delta Pi. In the past, UT students have traveled to the Kappa Delta Pi conference, a peer-reviewed international event.

For more information about Kappa Delta Pi, contact the faculty advisors.

Tammy Schimmel,
Merrie Tankersley,

To apply for Kappa Delta Pi, submit an application (PDF).

Professional workshops

UT holds professional workshops periodically to further student skills and experiences

Herff Jones, a partner of The University of Tampa, sponsors Kagan trainers to come in for workshops and programs designed to enhance student skills and academic experiences.

  • 2013-2014 Workshop: A Discussion of Kagan Strategies: This presentation focused on the learning strategies presented in the most comprehensive book for educators. Spencer Kagan, a former clinical psychologist and full-time professor at the University of California, developed guiding instructional strategies used worldwide in teacher training programs. Topics in the discussion included cooperative learning, multiple intelligences, classroom discipline and classroom energizers.

UT’s Education Coaching Program

Coaches are paired with elementary school student

Freshman and sophomore students enrolled in EDU 212 have the opportunity to spend one hour per week coaching K-5 students. UT students lead mixed-aged, academic enrichment clubs the elementary students elect to join. Clubs include:

  • Lego Club
  • Girl Scouts Club
  • Web Design Club

The clubs teach students to participate in interdisciplinary, project-based, authentic and interest-driven learning. UT students also use the clubs to help elementary students gain a feeling of school connectedness.

In October 2013, five UT student coaches presented their coaching models at the annual Education Strategies for Student Engagement Conference in Orlando, Fl.

For more information about the coaching program, contact the faculty advisor, Patty O’Grady,