Retired educators are those who have retired from the education professions. Even though retired educators may not go into our schools every day, they continue to advocate for our profession, our schools, and the retirement security they deserve.
Your membership connects you to other committed peers, provides statewide and national opportunities to engage, and adds your voice to the collective voice in support of Colorado public schools and its children.
As a member, you can join your colleagues in advocating for the retirement security you deserve. Your eligibility for NEA Member Benefits programs will continue, and you can continue to support your colleagues, students, and public education.
Your interests at the statewide level are represented by the CEA-R Representative Council, a governing body with elected representatives from each CEA Region. Local Retired associations throughout the state offer a variety of volunteer, leadership, and networking activities.
Note that if you plan to go back to active work in a school district or substitute in a certified or classified position, it is recommended that you maintain an active membership (instead of a retired membership) as the Retired membership does not include any legal services or protections for working at a school site.
How to Join:
Join as a Retired Education Employee
Anyone at least 45 years old, eligible to receive PERA or PERA-Denver retirement, and who was employed at least five years in a qualified public school position can join the CEA/NEA-Retired Associations. Your membership will include your local association, the Colorado Education Association (CEA), and the National Education Association (NEA).
Lifetime Dues are paid once at the time you join and guarantee a one-time cost for dues for life. An Annual Dues option is available, but subject to price increases and potential loss of benefits.
Join as a Pre-Retired Life Member
If you are not yet retired, but 45-years old, join as a Pre-Retired Life member. This is the best, easiest and least expensive way to begin preparing for retirement. Your dues may be tax deductible if paid before you retire.
Close to retirement?
If you are not retired, but at least 45 years old, you are eligible to join as a Pre-Retired Life member. This is the best, easiest and most affordable way to begin your membership as a retired educator. Learn more about our Pre-Retired membership.
Remember, if you have any NEA member benefits, you must maintain a membership when you retire.
We hope you will join the thousands of retired educators in Colorado who have decided to join their national, state and local associations that work collectively to help every student thrive.