Gain experience and build your professional network through participation in the education student organizations and service learning in various educational settings. Join the community of education majors who offer support and comradery. Make a difference in children's lives. 

Education Student Association

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Chrystine Mitchell

Side by Side

Side by Side (formerly Best Buddies) is a student-run inclusion club in which individuals from the community with intellectual or developmental disabilities are paired with Alvernia University students. The club meets once monthly during the academic year for socialization and activities.

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Lucinda Schaeffer

Awards and scholarships for education students include:

Outstanding Education Major Award

recognizes the graduating senior who has demonstrated the highest academic performance in the education program.

Outstanding Student Teacher Award

recognizes the graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding performance in the field.

Emma Yoh Award

recognizes the junior education student who consistently demonstrates the core Franciscan values as applied to the teaching profession.

Master of Education Award of Excellence 

recognizes the Master of Education student who has demonstrated commitment to academic excellence and Franciscan ideals. 

  • Dr. Nan Hamberger Scholarship
  • Dr. Jim Sutton Scholarship
  • Ellen Engler Scholarship
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Morgan Mathieu
Why Choose Alvernia?
"At Alvernia, you are the change. Through endless opportunities to volunteer and various field placements, we are able to actually see the impact we make!"

— Morgan Mathieu, Class of 2024