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Join the North Carolina Association of Educators!

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.

The Value of Membership

Salary and Benefits

Simply put, educators deserve professional pay for professional work — and the members of NCAE 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 health insurance and retirement.


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. NCAE members form the strongest voice advocating for educators and students across North Carolina. 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. NCAE members have a support system of thousands of educators and NCAE 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

NCAE 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? NCAE 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 NCAE has you covered.

Member Discounts

Members can take advantage of deep discounts on vacations, movie tickets, life insurance, cars and more.

Need help joining the North Carolina Association of Educators?

Active Professional/Certified and Active ESP/Classified Educators can join through our main membership portal. If you are an Aspiring Educator, Pre-Retired Educator, or Retired Educator, use the links below to join. If you continue to have difficulty joining, contact us to receive further assistance.

Member Voices: "Why do I support NCAE?”

I support NCAE because our students and educators need a strong cohesive voice to create sustainable change. The union work we do also creates a better life for all of us. Together WE make things happen!”

Amanda Thompson
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

I believe that educators are agents of social change who shape the minds, hearts, and actions of student-citizens. As educators, we need NCAE as a communal source of support and encouragement.”

Dr. Oliver M. Thomas
Adjunct Instructor
North Carolina A&T State University

The key to getting all students what they need is getting the adults to organize. I feel empowered and supported as an NCAE member.”

Dr. Chelsea Bartel
School Psychologist

What Are You Waiting For?

No other professional organization does more for North Carolina’s educators. With your support, we can protect our profession today, and for our next generation of educators.