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Studying to be a teacher? Join our student program

Education Minnesota's Student Program is a preprofessional organization for college and university students planning to be teachers.

How to apply

  • Apply online for the 2013-14 membership year
    • If you belong to an Education Minnesota local union, contact Cindy Smith at 800-652-9073 x 4866 before completing this application to discuss eligibility because refunds are not provided.
  • You do NOT need a member ID number, username or password to apply online.
  • Please allow up to two weeks after applying online for access to members-only content on this site.
  • Check your membership status. This new feature allows you to confirm whether you have a current membership, even if you paid by check. You can also print a confirmation of your membership.
  • Questions about the online application? Contact the National Education Association.  
  • Please print and keep a copy of your confirmation e-mail.
  • Questions? Contact Cindy Smith: 800-652-9073 x 4866, or 651-227-9541 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Benefits of membership
As a member, you enjoy these benefits:

  • Receive $1 million in professional liability insurance while you're in the classroom. This coverage is important when you're involved in clinical classroom experiences or student teaching. Many colleges and universities as well as school districts require professional liability insurance coverage. If you student teach in another state or country, your insurance covers you as long as you are enrolled in a Minnesota college or university.
  • Save money on car, home, health and life insurance; credit cards; entertainment; travel; loans, and more through state and national affiliate programs.
  • Connect with the state and national affiliate organizations. Their publications cover professional issues including licensure, graduation standards, peer review and teaching techniques as well as organizational information.
  • Network with other pre-professionals.
  • Expand your leadership skills at the campus level. Education Minnesota works with campus leaders to develop effective chapters.

One of the best benefits is pre-professional development on your campus and at other meetings on topics such as these:

  • Parent conference tips
  • Legal and ethical issues
  • Survival skills for new teachers
  • Effective use of technology in the classroom
  • Special education
  • Interview and job search skills

You're eligible for student membership if you're enrolled in an Education Minnesota affiliated post-secondary school as an undergraduate or graduate. The Education Minnesota affiliated schools are listed on the online application in the dropdown box.

If you are a member of an Education Minnesota affiliated local you are not eligible for a student membership – see "How to apply" above.

Student Program dues are $25 per year; the membership year runs from Sept. 1 through Aug. 31. Campus chapters may also charge dues. Your membership begins when Education Minnesota receives your application and check.

Contact us!
If your college campus doesn't have a campus chapter, we encourage you to start one. Education Minnesota will provide staff time and some financial assistance to new campus chapters.

For more information contact Tammy Barnes, 800-642-3239.

Education Minnesota is an affiliate of the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers and AFL-CIO.

Education Minnesota
41 Sherburne Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55103

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