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Join the South Dakota Education Association!

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.

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The Value of Membership

Salary and Benefits

Simply put, educators deserve professional pay for professional work — and the members of SDEA 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. SDEA members form the strongest voice advocating for educators and students in South Dakota. 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. SDEA members have a support system of thousands of educators and SDEA 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

SDEA 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? SDEA 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 SDEA has you covered.

Member Discounts

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

Need help joining SDEA?

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 the South Dakota Education Association?”

I joined SFEA because I am passionate about the issues my local prioritizes. SDEA works to represent students and support teachers across the state. SDEA membership provides opportunities to advocate for students during a time their voices need to be heard the most.”

Grace Gill
AP Government Teacher, Roosevelt High School

I wanted to be part of something BIGGER than teaching and my classroom! The best part of joining SDEA is the people in my and other local groups. It is awesome to meet and learn from so many educators!”

Matthew Osborne
Kindergarten Teacher, May Overby Elementary School

The best parts about joining SDEA have been the opportunities to participate in continuing education that is meaningful and to work in my local, supporting others and effecting change within the district and my building.”

Penny Shuster Louks
English Teacher, Belle Fourche Middle School

What Are You Waiting For?

No other professional organization does more for South Dakotan educators. With your support, we can protect our profession today, and for the next generation of teachers.