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Become A Member

Join the Movement. Join AEA.

Become part of the movement improving public education and advocating for better salaries. Together we are the biggest and loudest advocates for our schools, our students, and ourselves.

Who Should Join and How to Join

If you work in a public school in Arizona, you should join our union--whether you are a classroom teacher, a cafeteria worker, a paraprofessional, a school nurse or some other role; whether you are salaried or hourly; whether you work directly with kids or behind-the-scenes. 

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Note that because we are a National Education Association affiliate, the main membership portal is NEA-branded. Membership is not currently open to charter school educators.

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Value of Membership

Salary and Benefits

Simply put, educators deserve professional pay for professional work — and the members of AEA are the premier advocates fighting to ensure you’re paid what you’re worth. This also means stopping legislative cuts to your benefits such as retirement security.


From the local school board to the state legislature, elected officials are making decisions that impact your schools — join our union and be a part of the discussion. AEA members form the strongest voice advocating for educators and students in Arizona. We’re fighting against the standardized test regime, raising the need for fair evaluations, and standing in solidarity to secure fair wages for every worker in our schools.


Being an educator can be stressful — but you’re not alone. AEA members have a support system of thousands of educators and AEA staff who live and work in your district. Whether you’re a new teacher who needs advice on a difficult classroom or a food service worker that’s pushing back against student lunch debt – our union members are here to provide support, experience, and their voices to your needs.

Professional Development

AEA is one of the largest providers of high-quality professional development trainings in the state. Take part in continuing education in everything from classroom management to teacher evaluations.

Leadership Training

Do you have big dreams to help your students and school? AEA has access to robust leadership training courses that will give you the skills to be an effective leader in your school, community, and state.

Legal Protection

Members get access to the best team of education law experts in the state. Having our liability insurance makes sure that AEA has you covered. Learn more about AEA legal services.

Member Discounts

Members can take advantage of deep discounts on vacations, movie tickets, life insurance, cars and more. Learn more about AEA and NEA member benefits.

Early Enrollment

Enroll as an AEA member between April 1 and June 30 and get immediate access to many benefits!

If you start your AEA membership between April 1 and June 30, you pay no dues until September 1, but get immediate access to many member benefits, including member discounts, professional development opportunities and liability insurance. 

Sign up today! 

Join AEA

What Are You Waiting For? No other professional organization does more for Arizona educators. With your support, we can protect our profession today, and for the next generation of educators.

Keeping the Promise of Quality Public Education

With more than 20,000 members, the Arizona Education Association (AEA) is the labor union 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.