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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:

How to Join the Association

When you join NEA you become a member of the local, state, and national level. Start by finding your state below and click the link to join.

Types of Membership

NEA members are as diverse as the students we represent, but united in our purpose: championing justice and excellence in public education. NEA members fall into six categories, if you have questions as to which type applies to you, see the definitions below.

Active and Retired Educators

Active and retired educators can join using the above map tool or by finding their State Affiliate here.

  • 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. Learn about our resources for classroom teachers.
  • 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. Learn about our resources for ESPs.
  • Retired
    For individuals no longer employed in public education and who are eligible to receive a pension from an educational employment institution. Learn more about NEA-Retired.
  • 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.

** If you are an educator employed at any DoDEA school or an Education Support Personnel (ESP) employees at a DDESS location, you can join the Federal Education Association here.

Aspiring Educators and Community Allies

Aspiring Educators can join NEA here. If you’re not an active educator but want to support NEA’s mission to give every child a quality education regardless of family income or place of residence, become a Community Ally.

  • Aspiring Educator Membership
    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. Learn more about our Aspiring Educator program.
  • Community Ally
    For individuals interested in advancing the cause of public education and who are not eligible for any of the NEA membership categories appearing above. Learn more about being a Community Ally.
Brittany Perreault
Having a network of aspiring and current educators has opened my eyes to new opportunities, relationships, and ideas. While the union offers so many resources and opportunities, finding my union family has been the greatest benefit of joining.
Quote by: Brittany Perreault, Aspiring Educator, Michigan Aspiring Educator Program

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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.