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Become a Member

Together we are the biggest and loudest advocates for our schools, our students, and ourselves. 
NEA member

Three million members strong, the National Education Association is the largest employee organization and labor union in the country. Join us today.

We Stand Together

Be part of the movementBecoming a member of the National Education Association connects you with a movement of educators supporting each other. We are a community that will help you advocate for the funding, resources, and support you and your students deserve.  This includes:

  • Having a voice at the table to advocate for improved working and student learning conditions, including winning increased pay and benefits
  • Gaining professional development and leadership training
  • Joining forces to make a difference in the social justice issues that matter most to you and affects your students’ lives
  • Enhancing educator rights and offering guidance, advice, and, if necessary, legal representation
  • Providing all eligible association members with professional liability insurance
  • Improving your buying power and saving money with NEA’s Member Benefits program

How to Join the Association

There are 6 membership categories for the National Education Association.

Start by finding your state.

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Go local, get active.

The best way you can support students and protect public education is to get involved directly in your community. At NEA, we partner closely with our state and local affiliates to support you where you live and work.
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.