Join the Movement. Join AEA.
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.
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.
If you are:
- A student currently preparing to become a certified teacher or classified staff member in Arizona:
- Pre-retired or retired from a career as a teacher or as classified staff in Arizona:
- A substitute teacher
- Email [email protected] to join as a Substitute Member
- Currently on leave from working in a school
- Email [email protected] to join as a Reserve Member
- A parent, community member or ally interested in contributing to the cause of public education
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.
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.
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.
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.
Members can take advantage of deep discounts on vacations, movie tickets, life insurance, cars and more. Learn more about AEA and NEA member benefits.
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.