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How to Join the Association

There are 6 membership categories for the National Education Association.

  • Active Professional/Certified
    For individuals employed in public education in a certified position in a public school district or institution of higher learning or whose job is primarily education.
  • Active Education Support Professional (ESP)/Classified
    For individuals who are employed in public education in a support position in a public school district or institution of higher learning or whose job is primarily in education.
  • Retired
    For individuals no longer employed in public education and who are eligible to receive a pension from an educational employment institution.
  • Pre-Retired Subscription
    For individuals who are currently working and are an NEA Active Professional or ESP, you may join as a pre-retired member in advance of retirement.
  • Aspiring Educator Membership - Click to Join
    Aspiring Educator Membership is available if you are enrolled in a post-secondary program that is preparatory for employment in a position that will make you eligible for Active (educator) membership in the NEA.
  • Community Ally - Click to Join
    For individuals interested in advancing the cause of public education and who are not eligible for any of the NEA membership categories appearing above.

For Active Professional/Certified, Active Education Support Professional (ESP)/Classified, Retired, and Pre-Retired memberships, find your state below.

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.