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Become a Member

Join North Carolina’s biggest and loudest advocates for schools, students, and ourselves.

Our union helps members band together to make themselves heard in the halls of power. Now is the time to join — whether you've been an educator or public school employee for one day or forty years. Because together, we can strengthen the education profession and the quality of education for every student in North Carolina's public schools.

Educators and Active ESP/Classified Educators can join here through the main membership portal.

Join as an aspiring educator

Student membership is available if you are enrolled in a postsecondary program that is preparatory for employment in a position that would make you eligible for active educator membership. Join here

Join as a retired educator

Pre-retired and retired educators, both certified and non-certified, can join as retired members here

Making a difference

We make life better for members and students when we fight for a strong public education system. We fight to:

  • Have a voice at the table to advocate for improved working and student learning conditions, including winning increased pay and benefits
  • Gain professional development and leadership training
  • Join forces to make a difference in the social justice issues that matter most to you and that affect your students’ lives
  • Enhance educator rights and offering guidance, advice, and, if necessary, legal representation


Amanda Thompson
I support NCAE because our students and educators need a strong cohesive voice to create sustainable change. The union work we do also creates a better life for all of us. Together WE make things happen!
Quote by: Amanda Thompson, Educator

An equitable, quality public education for every child.

The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE), NC's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NCAE's members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NCAE has affiliate organizations in every county and student chapters in select colleges and universities throughout the state.