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Aspiring Educators

Student Membership is available if you are enrolled in a postsecondary program that is preparatory for employment in a position that will make you eligible for Active (teacher) membership in the NEA.

We’re so thankful for every aspiring educator preparing to join us in our mission to ensure every student and every educator succeeds. NEA-NM is here to support you on your journey to becoming a teacher, and to advocate on your behalf when you are in the classroom.

Join as an Aspiring Educator

Enrollment for the current membership year (2021-2022, which runs September 1, 2021 through August 31, 2022) is offered online and will continue through the end of May.

Beginning June 1, the online system switches to accepting  applications for enrollment for the upcoming membership year (2022-2023, which runs September 1, 2022 through August 31, 2023). 

You can still enroll for the 2021-2022 year after June 1 by submitting a paper enrollment form and check payment. <LINK TO CONTACT US PAGE>Contact NEA-NM if you need an enrollment form. If you are joining after June 1, and need immediate proof of membership for insurance coverage, please submit a paper enrollment form for current-year membership. 

Early Enrollment Program

The Early Enrollment Program offers first-time members enrollment for the next (2022-2023) membership year, plus selected benefits of membership, including coverage in the Employment Educators Liability insurance program, starting immediately upon completing the online enrollment procedure. (If the online system is unavailable but you need to enroll immediately, simply submit a paper enrollment form for the next membership year, with check payment.) This program is not available to you if you are now or have ever been an Association member. Early Enrollment Program is available from April 1, 2022- June 30, 2022.

Benefits of Aspiring Educator Mentorship

There are many reasons why aspiring educators should join NEA-NM. This includes: 

  • Advocating for the issues that impact you: NEA Aspiring Educators help us fight for better educator preparation programs, more affordable college options, diversity in educator recruitment, and more. 
  • Get to know your fellow educators: Aspiring Educator membership is a great way to get to know other aspiring educators and people already in the profession so you can more confidently begin your journey into education. 
  • Aspiring Educator Awards: NEA Aspiring Educators hold their own annual conference where outstanding aspiring educator members are honored and recognized.

Check your membership status

Not sure if you’re already a member? Unsure if your enrollment attempt was completed successfully? Click here to check your membership status. You can also contact us if you have recently enrolled/renewed and need or want to print proof of membership at [email protected]