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Membership

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Look around your school. The reasons we are here are right in front of you. As are the reasons to belong to the West Virginia Education Association. A great public school for every West Virginia student. The positive teaching and learning conditions are essential for building and maintaining schools where educators and students thrive. The resources and opportunities students and educators need to succeed.

Did you know you’re the engine that (em)powers WVEA? But not just you. We’re all in this together. WVEA is an organization that consists of public school employees who work to provide quality public schools for every child. We stand together for West Virginia public schools!

We act for our students.  We succeed with each other. Your WVEA colleagues are here for you. From professional growth opportunities and support, to amplifying your voices in public policy affecting you and your classroom, to advocating for professional pay and benefits, to providing perks like college debt assistance and exclusive member-only discounts, WVEA has your future in mind.

There is no time like the present to belong to WVEA. Not a member? Join Now! If you’re a current member, use WVEA’s Member Portal to view your payment schedule or the way you pay your dues. Click here to update your information if you’ve moved or changed jobs.

As a member of WVEA, take advantage of the following benefits:

  • Professional development courses
  • Grants and resources to enhance teaching and learning
  • Conferences and networking opportunities
  • Exclusive discounts and economic benefit programs
  • Access to the services of WVEA staff
  • Political power to fight for pro-education candidates and legislation
  • Publications to keep you up-to-date on current laws, regulations and policies
  • Note: WVEA’s attorney network is not part of the Early Enrollment benefits

It’s easy to enroll and belong. Remember – WVEA membership means educators BELONG to organization of education professionals. As a professional union, we work for our members so they can do their job better, which in turns makes public education better. WVEA’s goal is to provide a safety net for members, and to take away some of the stresses associated with educators’ job so that they can concentrate on what matters most – our students!

Categories of Membership

Active Professional

Professional membership (pre K-12 and Higher Education) is open to any person who is professionally engaged in public education in West Virginia who holds a license as a professional educator (including substitutes) or is licensed to serve in the public education system of West Virginia in any other professional capacity. By joining as an active professional member you are entitled to all the rights, benefits, and privileges provided under the WVEA Constitution and Bylaws including, but not limited to, the right to vote and hold elective office within the Association, actively participate in all Association meetings, consultation with staff, Association training programs, legal representation, liability insurance, and other NEA/WVEA Member Benefits. If you are eligible to join in this category, you may do so by completing the professional membership application form.

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Active Education Support Professional (ESP)

ESP membership (K-12 and Higher Education) is open to any person who is employed in an education support position (including substitutes) in West Virginia in any public school, public college or university, or any other public institution devoted primarily to education work. By joining as an ESP member, you are entitled to all rights, benefits, and privileges under the WVEA Constitution and Bylaws including, but not limited to, the right to vote and hold elective office within the Association, actively participate in all Association meetings, consultation with staff, Association training programs, legal representation, liability insurance and other special NEA/WVEA Member Benefits. If you are eligible to join in this category, you may do so by completing the ESP membership application form.

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West Virginia Student Education Association (WVSEA)

WVSEA membership is open to any undergraduate or graduate student who is pursuing a career in education at a public institution of higher education in West Virginia and who has yet to be employed. WVSEA’s mission is to help prospective educators develop an understanding of the education profession and assist in the transition from the campus to the classroom. By joining as a WVSEA member, you have access to NEA and WVEA’s vast resources, trainings and member benefits. Once they become active members, WVSEA members are entitled to a special rebate of $20 for each year of membership for up to 4 years. To access the NEA Student Rebate form click here

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WVEA Retired (WVEA-R)
Retired membership is open to any person who has retired from Association service (professional or education support) in a public elementary or secondary school or public institution of higher education, as well as, active WVEA members (professional and education support). Membership entitles you to active participation in WVEA-R meetings and seminars as well as a wealth of discount programs, including but not limited to, liability insurance (if you substitute), long-term care, life, auto and homeowners insurance, retirement income investments, discounts on magazines and car rentals, and other special NEA/WVEA Member Benefits. If you are eligible to join in this category, you may do so by completing the WVEA-Retired membership application form.

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Associate Membership

Associate Membership is open to any person not engaged as an employee in the public elementary or secondary school systems or public institution of higher education in West Virginia, but is a former employee that retains membership for representation purposes. If you wish to join in this classification, call 1-800-568-9832 or email cstump@wvea.org.