Collegiate Middle Level Association

What is the Collegiate Middle Level Association (CMLA)?

A professional education organization for college students preparing to become middle level teachers. A CMLA chapter is a student-run organization that partners with other CMLA chapters, AMLE, and AMLE’s state affiliate organizations to serve as a professional learning community for pre-service educators.

If your school does not have a chapter, you can either:

  1. Join AMLE as a student member. All students who join individually become part of a CMLA Chapter-at-Large, which virtually supports and connects student members who join AMLE from universities without a CMLA chapter or available advisor.

  2. OR
  3. Start your own CMLA student chapter. CMLA Chapter members receive all benefits of AMLE Student Membership as well as all activities and events conducted by the Chapter-At-Large

Here’s what you get from AMLE:

  • CMLA members begin their careers as middle level teachers with active participation in the national professional organization for middle level educators.
  • AMLE Student Membership benefits for every chapter member at one low price
    • Critical information and research found in all periodicals, including AMLE Magazine, Middle School Journal, AMLE Newsletter, Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, and The Clearing House
    • Big savings with AMLE member rates on all publications and conference registrations.
    • Discounts on conferences, workshops, and books solely focused on middle level education issues
    • Free live and recorded professional learning opportunities addressing current classroom challenges
  • Connection and opportunities to interact with hundreds of pre-service middle grades teachers in 20+ chapters
  • Leadership development, volunteer and presentation opportunities to build your professional portfolio
  • Access to annual grants for participation in the AMLE Annual Conference
  • Opportunities to learn more about your chosen field, learn from and network with faculty, and other AMLE members

Benefits of on-campus CMLA chapter:
Chapters tailor their programs to fit the needs and interests of their members, but may include:

  • Lectures to supplement classroom learning and aid in career development
  • Volunteer and leadership opportunities
  • Networking with other students and professionals
  • Social events, i.e. a welcome-back mixer in the fall
  • Career Day
  • Other learning/mentoring/fundraising/networking opportunities

CMLA prepares college students for a career working with students, ages 10 – 15, by:

  • Supporting legislation, standards, and recommendations that enhance the middle level concept, practices, and ideas.
  • Advancing appropriate middle level teacher education.
  • Providing information about current middle level employment opportunities.
  • Promoting and inviting collegiate participation at national, state and regional middle level conferences.
  • Providing support and encouragement for students in middle level education and informing members of progress and activities of both CMLA and other student groups

How much does membership cost?
CMLA chapter dues are determined by the chapter size each year.

  • $139.99 for chapters up to 10 students and one faculty membership
  • $224.99 for chapters up to 20 students and two faculty memberships
  • $249.99 for chapters with unlimited students and unlimited faculty memberships

How do we join or renew?

Start a chapter

CMLA Chapter Membership Application

CMLA Chapter Roster

Membership is renewed annually on the anniversary date of when the membership was established. AMLE will reach out to the chapter advisor to confirm the chapter size prior to renewal. If you need to reactivate a chapter’s membership that has lapsed, please contact AMLE.

More About CMLA

PDF Historical Perspective of the Collegiate Middle Level Association, by John Swaim

How can we join?

Membership is by college chapter affiliation. Any group of members enrolled in, or affiliated with, an institution of higher education who will adhere to and promote the purposes of CMLA are eligible to start a chapter.

To apply

  • Gather other interested students to help build and manage the chapter.
  • Enlist a faculty advisor to help you get started.
  • Complete the chapter application and submit to AMLE with first-year dues.
  • Send the chapter roster to membercenter@amle.org so chapter members can access AMLE member benefits.
  • Membership will be renewed annually on the anniversary date of when the membership was established.
  • Chapter members are both CMLA and AMLE members and receive membership benefits of both.

Email application to membercenter@amle.org
Fax to 614-895-4750 or mail to:
AMLE
2550 Corporate Exchange Dr. Suite 324
Columbus, OH 43231

CMLA Chapter Membership Application

CMLA Chapter Roster

Questions? Contact:

Jen Edse, Membership Coordinator
Association for Middle Level Education
Phone: (800) 528-6672
Fax: (614) 895-4750

Appalachian State Univ - CMLA
Ramirez, Laurie A.
Dept of Curriculum & Instruction
Boone, NC 28608-0001

Arkansas State University - CMLA
Keyes, Dixie
PO Box 2350
State University, AR 72467-2350

Augusta University - CMLA
Pettit, Stacie
1120 15th St
Augusta, GA 30912-0004

Bowling Green State University - CMLA
Gallagher, Debra
E Wooster
Bowling Green, OH 43402-2697

Clayton State University - CMLA
Adams, LaTasha
2000 Clayton State Blvd Rm 205
Morrow, GA 30260-1250

Georgia College and State Univ - CMLA
Mizelle, Nancy B.
PO Box 71
Milledgeville, GA 31059-0071

Georgia Southern University - CMLA
Wall, Amanda
College of Education
Statesboro, GA 30460-0001

Illinois State Univ - CMLA
Falbe, Kristina N.
100 N University St
Normal, IL 61761-4402

Kutztown University - CMLA
Watson, Carol
PO Box 730
Kutztown, PA 19530-0730

Lee University - CMLA
Smith, Ashley
PO Box 3450
Cleveland, TN 37320-3450

Northern Kentucky University - CMLA
Faulkner, Shawn
Nunn Drive, MEP 270
Newport, KY 41099-0001

Otterbein University - CMLA
Ross, Diane A.
1 S Grove St
Westerville, OH 43081-2004

Shippensburg University - CMLA
Philpot, Don K.
1871 Old Main Dr
Shippensburg, PA 17257-2200

Slippery Rock University CMLA
Hilton, Jason T.
1 Morrow Way
Slippery Rock, PA 16057-1314

Stephen F Austin State Univ - CMLA
Williams, D. Michelle
PO Box 13017
Nacogdoches, TX 75962-0001

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith - CMLA
Scoggins, Donna K.
5210 Grand Ave # 3649
Fort Smith, AR 72904-7362

University of Dayton - CMLA
Mathes, Connie
300 College Park Ave
Dayton, OH 45469-0001

University of Georgia - CMLA
Andrews, Gayle
110 Carlton St
Athens, GA 30602-0001

University of North Carolina Charlotte - CMLA
Dack, Hilary
9201 University Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001

University of South Carolina - CMLA
Baker, Melissa A.
820 S Main St
Columbia, SC 29208-0001

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse - CMLA
Rogers, Leslie
1725 State St Rm 300
La Crosse, WI 54601-3742

Western Carolina University - CMLA
Henderson Pinter, Holly
138 Outreach Center
Cullowhee, NC 28723

Ideas For Chapter Activities

Professional Development

Texas A&M University-Commerce had a local middle school principal as a guest speaker at one meeting who talked about what a middle school principal is looking for in hiring new teachers. The topic was well received and brought in a good crowd.

University of Dayton had several people come and talk to their chapter:

  • teachers speaking about rapport with students
  • a school counselor talking about his/her role
  • a student panel of three 6th graders, accompanied by their teacher, discussing what they like about their teachers and changes they would like to see happen
  • an intervention specialist explaining his/her role
  • a local teacher providing examples of how she builds community within her classroom
  • a panel of first year teachers sharing their experiences
  • a clinical practice intern (student teacher) panel answering questions chapter students had about their experiences

Central Michigan University has members fill out a survey providing information about their interests. They use to the surveys to determine their calendar for the year.
Member Survey

Southwest Baptist University invites a student teacher panel for a Q/A session. They have found this to be very helpful to students. They also have panels of local middle school teachers, focusing on one area of school (discipline, teaming, stories about the students, best experience, worst experience, etc.). The teachers who come are invited well in advance, given the topic so they know the theme of the meeting, and are given thank you notes the day of the meeting. A small gift certificate to a local restaurant is included as their way of thanking the teachers for giving up time in their very busy schedule.

College of Charleston aims to have one professional development event each month. The following are some of the topics they have had success with:

  • teachers speaking about the truths and myths of middle school
  • teachers speaking about classroom management strategies
  • a clinical practice intern panel

The College of Charleston also participates in numerous conferences. In the 2003-2004 school year, members attended and presented at the South Carolina Middle School Association (SCMSA) conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. They also attended the 2004 CMLA Spring Retreat held in Columbus, Ohio and the 2004 conference in Minneapolis.

Otterbein College holds a Reverse Shadow Day - urban middle school students spend the day on campus.


Fundraising and Community Service

Texas A&M University-Commerce sponsored a Scholastic Book Fair, similar to book fairs in public schools. The fair was held for one week from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in a classroom on campus. Numerous signs were posted and every education professor was notified to make announcements in their classes. The university has held two fairs, thus far, collecting $1,000-$1,500 per fair, and are planning to hold another one. Chapter members signed up for times to work at the fair in exchange for a free book (two hours = one book). The first time the university held the fair, they set it up in the foyer of the Education building. It was a great location for visibility, but was a disaster time wise because the entire display had to be packed up and set back up each evening/morning because there was no way to lock it up in the foyer. The second time the fair was held in the least used classroom in the education building, asking classes that met their once a week to relocate for the week of the fair. This location worked much better because we could leave all the displays up each evening and just lock the classroom door. We participated in the Relay for Life fundraiser as well as having the Angel Tree Project and an Essay Contest.

Appalachian State holds an annual CMLA raffle. In October, we finished a two-part MOYA project which involved putting pamphlets in doctor's offices.

Ashland University sponsors a Cleveland Indians baseball game. Our service projects included raising $800 and sending 4 boxes of school supplies to Monteleone Middle School in Louisianna after Hurricane Katrina and having art contests with the Ashland City Schools for MOYA.

Baylor University sponsored a book drive for Hurricane Katrina relief.

Morehead State University also sponsors a Scholastic Book Fair on campus for a week in the fall. They order books suited to their education majors but open the fair to everyone bringing in a lot of traffic and high sales. They earn enough to send 2-3 members to the national convention in November. We also do a donation drive, candy count raffle, recipe books and spring basket raffle. Our service projects include: MOYA mentorship, grant writing workshop, family book night, democracy day, donations to Costa Rica.

University of Dayton sells foil-wrapped hotdogs in freshman dorms for $1. They also sell bags of candy for Valentine's Day in small decorated bags for $1 or $0.50, depending on the size of the bag. In addition to these fundraisers, the university raffles off a home-cooked dinner for four people and sponsors a Scholastic Book fair as well. Our service projects include: Placemat's for children's medical center, grant to get students involved in a school clean-up, collection and basket for Hurricane Katrina relief, Thanksgiving collection and a booth on campus at Christmas.

Central Michigan University sells conference T-shirts. The order form used is available if you would like to see it. Order form

The College of Charleston sells T-shirts as a means of raising funds. In addition to T-shirts, the chapter applies for campus grants. The raffles have been successful in the past.

They are currently examining other methods of raising funds including a car wash, oyster roast, and "Thank You" party for middle level educators. They also volunteer at schools and are adopting a middle school. There are many service projects we are involved in, which include MLK service day, tutor for Middle Grades Achievement Program (MGAP), and an on-campus recycled art program for the children's museum.

Missouri Southern State University for fundraiser projects we have made calendars and made theme baskets for a silent auction. Our service projects include Student Teacher resume books, mock interview sessions, MOYA calendar, angel tree with Salvation Army, school angels (providing school supplies to area schools), maintain book nook at local Laffayette House.

Armstrong Atlantic holds a St. Patrick's Day T-shirt sale.

Illinois State holds bake sales and has T-shirts to sell. We have chaperoned middle school dances and sporting events as part of our service projects.

Otterbein College is hoping to establish tutoring sessions at the Homeless Family Foundation.


General Ideas

Texas A&M University-Commerce

  • Has CMLA pencils, note pads, pocket folders, etc. printed to provide a sense of belonging and ownership
  • Has T-shirts or a collared polo-type shirt for members
  • Printed brochures and posters
  • Created a CMLA Web site
  • Looking at possible retreat for team-building
  • Provide scholarships for a few members ($250.00 awarded for one semester based on involvement in CMLA)
  • Obtained book store gift certificates
  • Provided transportation to/from various districts for service/volunteer projects with middle level kids
  • Have a teacher-panel of middle level teachers/administrators for discussions/questions/etc.
  • Invited speakers from special needs areas such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, and diagnostician
  • Video game systems in Planetarium
  • Camping

Central Michigan University

Ashland University

Southwest Baptist University

  • Has two cookouts during the year: one at the beginning to welcome new students and members and one at the end of the year to say good-bye to the seniors.

University of Dayton

  • Cookout

Arkansa Tech

  • Monthly meetings
  • Tech connect
  • Career fair

Baylor University

  • Group picnic
  • Scrapbook party
  • Bible study
  • Get to Know You social
  • Attend middle school functions and game parties

Morehead State

  • Spring & Fall "get together"

College of Charleston

  • Spring 2004 calendar
  • Fall 2004 calendar
  • The chapter creates a pamphlet each semester that includes the events and a membership form.
  • Membership form
  • Has discovered that it helps to have events on the same day, at the same time, in the same location. By keeping the day, time, and location consistent, people are more apt to remember and attend events. The chapter has a general flyer they post around campus. General flyer
  • For the annual Spring CMLA Retreat in 2004, the chapter wrote an article for the newsletter. Communication with national, regional, and local chapters is important. The chapter tries very hard to keep in touch with other chapters to discuss ideas, events, and problem solve.
  • It is also important to communicate with your school of education as much as possible. Make sure to check for spelling, grammar, and proof read more than once before you send out announcements, updates, etc.
  • Have pizza parties, conferences, and end of year party.

CMLA Chapter-at-Large

Call for Applications Open for Faculty Advisor

AMLE is accepting applications for a rotating faculty advisor. If you or a colleague are interested in becoming more involved in CMLA, please consider this opportunity. The term will be January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2024. Deadline: October 31, 2020

Call for Applications

On August 1, 2020, the dues rate for AMLE Student Membership was significantly reduced and students who join AMLE also become members of the Collegiate Middle Level Association (CMLA) Chapter-at-Large.

About CMLA Chapter-at-Large

  1. The CMLA Chapter-at-Large functions virtually and is available for students enrolled full-time in programs which do not have a CMLA chapter at their university.
  2. The CMLA Chapter-at-Large will have a rotating faculty advisor who will serve a 3-year term chosen through a selection committee
  3. The CMLA Chapter-at-Large will have student leadership opportunities including chapter president, vice president, secretary, and delegates at-large.
  4. All virtual activities conducted by the Chapter-at-Large are open to all student members, including those part of CMLA student chapters, so that we can build a nationwide community of pre-service teachers.

Become an AMLE Student Member and join the Chapter-at-Large for $14.99