Teacher Associations in Texas

Instructor: Melinda Santos
Joining a professional teacher association can provide valuable opportunities to network with others in the profession and stay up-to-date on new teaching trends and strategies. Find out about the various teacher associations in Texas and the benefits they offer their members below.

Participating in Teacher Associations

The teaching profession thrives on building working relationships within the teaching community and drawing from the collective knowledge of expert teachers to devise more effective teaching techniques. Teacher associations provide an organized outlet for individuals in the profession to do just that. While each association may have a specific focus or goal, the overall purpose of these groups is to gather individuals interested in networking, brainstorming, problem-solving and staying current on teaching trends, legislation and news. Below is a list of teacher associations in Texas, along with information about membership and benefits:

Texas Classroom Teachers Association

  • Membership Dues: $90 per year for first-time members, $140 for active teachers, $70 for associate membership, $15 for retired teachers, free for students

Offered only to individuals who directly work with students in Texas public school classrooms, this association provides legal counsel and protection and free continuing education courses online to its members. Membership fees also cover the liability insurance provided by the association. Members that join under the retired category do not receive liability insurance. Student members receive liability insurance and legal aid only during their time student teaching. The TCTA website lists current headlines about legislative changes and other information relevant to teachers, along with certification and job search resources. Membership in this association also allows for discounts and cost savings on products and services at specific retailers and companies.

Texas State Teachers Association

  • Membership Dues: $337 per year for new teachers, $489 for active members, $59 for retired members, $25 for students, plus additional fees varying by region and location

This association is affiliated with the National Education Association. Therefore, membership with TSTA includes the additional benefits and professional development services offered through the NEA. Membership provides financial services, investment guidance, insurance discounts, and discounted rates and special pricing at various retailers.

Association of Texas Professional Educators

  • Membership Dues: $80 per year for new professionals, $145 for active professionals, $70 for associate membership, $10 for retired professionals, students for free

Membership with the ATPE provides liability insurance (except for students and retired members), legal representation and advocacy, access to continuing professional education (CPE) and professional development courses, and discounts on products and services through various companies.

Texas Association of Teacher Educators

  • Membership Dues: $30 per year for professionals, $10 for both retired professionals and students

As an affiliate of the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), TxATE seeks to improve teacher education and focuses on encouraging members to be active participants in solving local, state and national issues involving teacher training. Membership benefits include opportunities to write articles for the affiliated publication, The Texas Forum of Teacher Education, and participation in a sponsored summer conference.

Texas Music Teachers Association

  • Membership Dues: To join, you must become a member of the MTNA which is $71 per year for active membership and $53.25 for members 70 and older, plus $35 for state dues, and local dues which vary by chapter

Specifically for music educators and affiliated with the Music Teachers National Association of which membership is required, this organization focuses on promoting quality music education through participation in sponsored conventions and conferences. Through membership with the MTNA, individuals are offered personal and professional insurance coverage packages and professional and legal support.

Science Teachers Association of Texas

  • Membership Dues: $30 per year for general members, $250 for business members, $10 for retired educators and students

This association is a chapter of the National Science Teachers Association and is comprised of members ranging from elementary teachers to college professors and principals who wish to achieve the highest quality of science education in their schools. Benefits of involvement with this association include scholarships to attend the Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching, mentorship programs, access to community discussion groups, newsletters and handouts, and participation in the Science Teacher of the Year Awards that include cash prizes.

Additional Teacher Development Resources

In addition to benefits and resources gained from membership in a professional association, you can further add to your teaching resources arsenal with lessons and courses available on Study.com. From lesson plans to classroom management techniques, you'll find a variety of resources to draw from, including:

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