Educational Leadership and Higher Education


Professional and Student Organizations

As a graduate student, you have many opportunities to get involved to gain professional skills, build relationships, and have fun.

We've compiled a list of professional and student organizations for the educational administration and higher education programs. We encourage you to get involved with an organization and to present at professional conferences.

Higher Education Administration Professional Organizations

Educational Administration and Leadership Professional Organizations

Minnesota Education Affiliates

Minnesota Lobbying Organizations

Other Minnesota Education Links

Minnesota Service Cooperatives

National Organizations

Professional Educators Network Student Organization

Professional Educators Network

Professional Educators Network (PEN) is a student group that exists for the expressed purpose of extending the socialization and the knowledge of graduate students who are primarily pursuing careers in the programs of College of Education and Learning Design. St. Cloud State students in other programs are also welcome.

Our mission is to:

  • extend our knowledge of current educational issues
  • serve as a resource of current and future educational professionals
  • provide professional growth opportunities for all members
  • create an inclusive environment for students pursuing careers in the programs of College of Education and Learning Design and St. Cloud State professionals


Benefits of the organization:

  • Participate in workshops and training
  • Exercise and build leadership skills
  • Study trips
  • Build network


  • Serve as a resource for current and future educational professionals.
  • Provide professional growth opportunities for all members.

Current students may join PEN by visiting HuskiesConnect student involvement online platform - Login required.

For more information contact Jennifer Jones at or Ahmadi Ghulam Yahya at 

St. Cloud State Student Organizations

With about 250 student clubs and organizations, St. Cloud State offers opportunities for you to develop leadership skills, expand your social network and gain experiences that will serve you in your career.

Can't find the club or organization you're looking for? Start one yourself. The Department of Campus Involvement will guide you through the process.