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Governance Document

Aspiring Educators - Distance Learner Membership

NEA’s Aspiring Educators are the leading voice for the next generation of educators. If you are a Distance Learner and would like to join, follow the directions below.
Published: 08/26/2020

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You are a Distance Learner if you are NOT enrolled in a university where you physically attend classes for a degree program leading to a teaching degree, but ONLY take such classes through an online connection to an accredited higher education institution. In this case, select the state where you reside and then, on the enrollment form, choose your distance learning institution.

If you take courses online AND also are enrolled in a higher education institution that you attend in person, please choose the state where this institution is located, i.e. where you attend classes.

If you are a distance learner attending Walden University, Western Governors University, or University of Phoenix, please follow the instructions below.

For all other schools, please click here.

Walden University

If you live in one of the following states, please join through your home state.

If your state IS NOT listed above, please join through Washington, DC.

Western Governors University

If you live in one of the following states, please join through your home state.

If your state IS NOT listed above, please join through Washington, DC.

University of Phoenix

If you live in one of the following states, please join through your home state.

If your state IS NOT listed above, please join through Washington, DC.

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