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Key Facts About ESPs

Education Support Professionals are critical members of the K-12 public education workforce.

Education Support Professional members are...

Educated, well-trained, and experienced.

  • More than one half (57%) of K-12 ESPs and a majority (94%) of higher ed ESPs have an Associate’s or more advanced degree.

Committed to students and their success.

  • Most (61%) higher-ed ESPs plan to remain in their field and 41% plan to stay in their current profession until retirement.
  • Two-thirds (66%) of K-12 ESPs have given money out of their own pockets to help students with school supplies, field trips, and class projects.

Active in the school community.

  • A majority (71%) of K-12 ESPs live in the school district in which they work and many volunteer in those communities.

Focused on safety.

  • A majority (78%) of K-12 ESPs have responsibilities for promoting and ensuring student and staff safety.

Learn more about K-12 ESPs

A closer look at the nine career families

While every ESP has a unique position with specific duties, all of these educators cultivate and meet the needs of the whole student, promoting quality education and fostering positive learning environments.


Keeping the Promise of Quality Public Education

With more than 20,000 members, the Arizona Education Association (AEA) is the largest professional association for public school employees in Arizona. AEA members are teachers, community college professors, counselors, speech pathologists, bus drivers, secretaries, retired educators and student teachers and they belong to more than 150 local affiliates across Arizona.