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K-12 Teachers & Special Service Providers

We help our students learn the skills and content they need to be successful, productive community members.

K-12 Teachers and Special Service Providers are licensed staff who are actively working in our public school districts or BOCES to ensure our students learn the skills and content they need to be successful. This includes those with appropriate licenses such as classroom teachers, counselors, special educators, school psychologists, social workers, school nurses, vocational teachers and other professionals.

Why Join:
CEA membership empowers active teachers and special service providers to come together and have a say in our classrooms, schools, and workplaces. Joining together in a strong union gives us the power in numbers to negotiate with our employers about our pay and working conditions and to advocate for our profession with elected officials and other decision makers.

In addition, whether it’s access to legal services or discounts on shopping and travel or savings on home and car insurance, membership in the union provides a range of tangible benefits.

How to Join:
Most teachers can join through one of CEA’s 200 local associations or a BOCES Unit at any time of the year. Your membership will include your local association, the Colorado Education Association (CEA), and the National Education Association (NEA).

Your school’s Association Representative (AR) can tell you more about membership benefits, dues and how to fill out the forms, either a local form or the CEA-NEA Membership Form.

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We hope you will join the thousands of Colorado teachers and special service providers who work together through our local, state and national association to help every student thrive.

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.

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Remember, if you have any NEA member benefits, you must maintain a membership when you retire.


If you work in a school district or BOCES without an active CEA local association, or cannot locate your AR for any reason, use this map to locate an office near you and ask the local staff about belonging. 

You can also contact our CEA Membership team.