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NEA Aspiring Educators

Aspiring Educators

We Are the Present, We Are the Future

We Are the Present, We Are the Future

The NEA Aspiring Educators Program is the leading voice for  the next generation of educators. Over 50,000 members in 1,100 campus chapters across the nation belong to the program, which began as the Student National Education Association in 1937 and eventually became part of the National Education Association as the NEA Student Program. The new name reflects the passion, commitment, and vision of members who believe in public education and its potential to uplift individuals, families, and communities.


NEA Aspiring Educators advocate on behalf of their students by:

  • improving the quality of educator preparation programs,
  • Seeking affordable college options,
  • recruiting and supporting diverse educators, and
  • enhancing safe and supportive learning environments for all students.

Through our core values we promote educator quality, community engagement, political action, and social justice. Aspiring Educators become activists at all levels of the organization -- local, state, and national. NEA Aspiring Educators program provides opportunities to engage with community partnerships and foster leadership development.

Most of all, we support, develop, and empower diverse aspiring educators to create high quality education leaders and advocates in every school so that all students can maximize their potential.

Professional Learning

The NEA has many opportunities to help you grow as an educator.

Great Teaching and Learning Report

Looking for information about what a great teacher preparation program should look like.  The Great Teaching and Learning Report, written by aspiring and accomplished educators and researchers lays out best practices and makes recommendations for changes.

NEA Micro-credentials

How do I manage my classroom?  I’m worried about bullying in my school.  What are the best strategies to provide the most culturally supportive environment for my students? Check out NEA’s new Micro-credentials.  There are over 120 micro-credentials written by educators.

What’s a Micro-Credential?

A micro-credential is a short, competency-based recognition that allows an educator to demonstrate mastery in a particular area, such as creating a safe learning environment for LGBTQ students or education policymaking. Our micro-credentials are grounded in research and best practice and designed to be:

  • Personalized: You can create your own learning journey, based on your interests and career goals; gaps in your skills; and the specific needs of your students, school, and district.
  • Flexible: You can study when it’s convenient for you, alone or with your peers.
  • Performance-based: Unlike “sit-and-get” certifications, NEA micro-credentials are awarded based on demonstrated mastery of the subject matter, not just for showing up.


Your online professional learning community.  Join thousands of other educators across the US and across the world to get advice, give advice, take part in professional conversations, and find that work life balance.

Other Resources

The Aspiring Educator program has many other resources for members.  Want to jump start your chapter, succeed in student teaching, or prepare to pay back your student loans?  All those resources and more can be found here.


Opportunities to Be Involved

Interested in learning more  about becoming a leader in the Aspiring Educators Program? Our “Opportunities” page is the perfect place for you to begin your journey.

Grants, Awards, and Scholarships

Check out our grants, awards, and scholarships.  In addition, being a member of the Aspiring Educators Program entitles you to NEA Member Benefits.

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  • Jack Kinnaman Scholarship: NEA-Retired is now accepting applications for the Jack Kinnaman Scholarship. Click here for more info.
  • CREATE Grant: The NEA Aspiring Educator Program is now accepting applications for the CREATE Grants. Click here for moreapplication and info. 


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