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Aspiring Educators

NEA's leading voice for the next generation of teachers.
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NEA’s Aspiring Educators Program supports, develops, and empowers diverse, pre-service teachers with the resources, networks, and opportunities to lead in their schools, communities, and in all phases of their career.

Aspiring Educators matter because they are the leading voice of the next generation of educators and leaders in this nation. Aspiring Educators make a difference because of their passion, commitment, and vision as association members who believe in public education and its potential to uplift individuals, families, and communities.

Like you, NEA Aspiring Educators advocate for and support:

Join NEA and Aspiring Educators—a pathway to excellence as an empowered educator and leader—today and tomorrow!

Recent Updates

Sabreena Shaller

A Letter from the New AE Chair!

Sabreena Shaller outlines her vision for her term as chair of the NEA Aspiring Educator Program.
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Jack Kinnaman Scholarship

As an NEA Aspiring Educator you can receive a $3500 scholarship to help you afford the rising cost of your degree from our amazing retiree members.
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Recruiting New Teachers With Residency Programs

Read about fellow AEs and their experiences across the country as they take what they’ve learned in the classroom and bring the classroom!
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Protecting Democracy

Check out the 2023 issue of the Aspiring Educator magazine to learn how future educators are working with their union to preserve democracy and prevent further setbacks, organizing to end unpaid student teaching placements, and growing union membership on campus chapters. Plus, find practical advice on how to go from student life to the professional world!
National Education Association

Great public schools for every student

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.