What is the Collegiate Middle Level Association (CMLA)?

CMLA is the professional education organization for college students preparing to become middle level teachers. Colleges and universities participate by creating their CMLA chapters that are affiliated with AMLE.

Does your college or university have a CMLA chapter?

If not, you could choose to start a chapter at your university. Every member of each collegiate chapter receives all of the benefits of AMLE membership – for students and affiliated faculty.

Chapter dues are tiered depending on the number of participating students:

  • Up to 10 students and one faculty member                           $139.99
  • Up to 20 students and two faculty members                        $224.99
  • Unlimited students and unlimited faculty                              $249.99

CMLA At-Large Chapter

If you’re not ready to start your own chapter, we still have a home for you! All individual student members of AMLE automatically become part of our CMLA At-Large Chapter which supports pre-service teachers who are passionate about the middle level no matter what college or university you attend.  Students dues are offered at the reduced rate of $14.99/year.

Join as an Individual Student Member

Our CMLA At-Large Chapter is guided by two faculty advisors, who help mentor students depending on your geographic location:

Sarah Pennington
CMLA At-Large West Advisor
Contact Sarah

Kristie Smith
CMLA At-Large East Advisor
Contact Kristie

CMLA Chapter Grants

The Association for Middle Level Education Foundation Fund Committee sponsors the annual CMLA Chapter Grant, which provides funding to a CMLA chapter that has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the preparation of future teachers of middle level education.


The AMLE Foundation Fund will be giving two, $2,000 grants to help defray the cost of students attending the #AMLE21 National Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, November 4-6, 2021. The grant award also includes recognition and the invitation to present at the CMLA Summit held during the conference.

Advisors of the grantee chapters will also receive travel support to defray the cost of attending #AMLE21 with their students.



  • The applicant must be a current CMLA chapter by the application date. A chapter may join at the time of their application and still be eligible.
  • The chapter must send at least 2 students to #AMLE21 and agree to only use the grant funds to support their attendance at the conference.
  • Previous recipients of the grant are eligible to apply

Application Components and Submission

The online application must be completed in its entirety in one submission.

Submit your Application

The applicant should be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Name of College/University
  • Names of CMLA officers
  • Description of activities in the past year involving middle school students and their families, activities done in school or virtual school settings, or activities focused on middle level education professional development
  • A letter of support from the chapter sponsor or advisor
  • A letter of support from the dean or chairperson of the middle grades teacher education program
  • A conference presentation proposal related to Preparing to Teach at the Middle School: A Pre-service Teacher’s Perspective (Download the editable proposal document)

Special Note for the 2021 Award Cycle: Due to COVID-related time and other restrictions, the selection committee will focus on the quality of a single initiative or activity that support young adolescent students and their families, middle grades school(s) and/or teachers, or middle level education professional development

As examples, you may consider reviewing the applications of our 2020 grantees:

Illinois State University
View Application

Western Carolina University
View Application

Application Deadline

Applications must be submitted by midnight on April 30, 2021.

Grant awards will be announced by May 15, 2021.