Collegiate Middle Level Association

At AMLE, we are passionate about supporting the next generation of middle school teachers. The Collegiate Middle Level Association is our professional community for college students preparing to become teachers of middle level education. There are two paths for involvement:

Join as a College/University Chapter

Colleges and universities can participate by creating a CMLA chapter affiliated with AMLE. Every member of the chapter receives all of the benefits of AMLE membership. 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

Join the CMLA At-Large Chapter

If your college/university does not have a chapter, there’s a home for you in our CMLA At-Large Chapter. All individual student members automatically become part of our CMLA At-Large Chapter which supports all students who are passionate about middle level education. Students join at the reduced rate of $14.99/year.

The CMLA At Large Chapter is divided into East and West, and our faculty advisors for each help mentor and guide participating students:

Sarah PenningtonDr. Sarah Pennington
CMLA At-Large West
Contact Sarah
States included in the West Chapter: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, LA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, ND, OH, OK, OR, SD, TN, TX, UT, WA, WI, WY

Kristie SmithDr. Kristie Smith
CMLA At-Large East
Contact Kristie
States included in the East Chapter: AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, KY, ME, MD, MA, MS, NH, NC, NJ, NY, PA, RI, SC, VA, WV

Opportunities for Student Members


Write for AMLE: Contribute an article for our monthly edition of Focus on the Middle for student membership. Articles are published weekly on and promoted through our social media channels. Must be 1,000 words or less an include references to cited research. Submit article proposals to

Opportunities for Chapters

Invite a Speaker: Looking for a speaker for an upcoming chapter meeting? Your AMLE community is here to help. Email to be connected with an AMLE leader or presenter who best fits your chapter’s needs.

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 AMLE24 National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, November 6-9, 2024. 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 AMLE24 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 AMLE24 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 2024 application is now open. 

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

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)

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

Illinois State University
View Application

Western Carolina University
View Application

Application Deadline
Applications must be submitted by midnight on May 15.

Grant awards will be announced by May 31.

Past Winners


CMLA Grant Winners


Illinois State University
University of Georgia


Kutztown University
Georgia College & State University


Illinois State University
Western Carolina University


Georgia College & State University
University of Wisconsin, La Crosse


University of North Carolina – Charlotte
Augusta University


Georgia Southern University


Georgia College & State University


Ashland University
Lee University
University of Texas-Arlington


Otterbein University


Shippensburg University


Georgia College & State University