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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. If you're a current member, use WVEA's Easy Pay portal (or by filling out an online form here) and renew your membership today! 

Not a member? Join now and pay later through WVEA's Early Enrollment program. Click here or on the "Join Now" button below for your county's online form. There is no cost between now. Payments begin September 1 for the 2021-22 school year. 

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. There are several options. All are outlined in the enrollment forms below. REMEMBER – payments do not start until September 1, 2021, for those enrolling now.

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, from professional publications to education research. You can also attend WVSEA/WVEA sponsored training and professional development programs to supplement your education. In addition, you are covered by NEA/WVEA’s $1 million liability insurance program every time you step into a classroom, as well as being able to participate in other special NEA/WVEA Member Benefits. If you are eligible to join in this category, you may do so by completing the WVSEA membership application form. To access the NEA Student Rebate form click here

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WVEA Retired (WVEA-R)

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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

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