WEA membership: Becoming a member

Thank you for your interest in the Washington Education Association. We hope you will find value in WEA as your professional association whether you are a student, a future school employee who wants to work in Washington state, or a professional already working here as a public school employee.

The WEA has a long history of working on behalf of education professionals in Washington. Only public education employees are eligible to be WEA Active Members. Members know they can depend on the WEA for:

  • Fast, accurate information
  • A strong voice in the Washington Legislature
  • Ongoing training to help keep school employees' skills sharp
  • Answers to questions about education policy
  • On-the-job liability insurance coverage and legal assistance from WEA attorneys
  • Ideas to help students in their classroom
  • Money-saving discounts to help stretch school employees' paychecks

WEA Active Membership

WEA Active Membership is available only to public school employees. If you are employed in public education in Washington state, your WEA Membership would be coordinated by one of our more than 350 Local Affiliates (based on your bargaining unit or school district). WEA's state dues are 0.00775 percent of the statewide classroom teacher's average salary, or $405 in 2013-14. State dues for ESP support employees are on a sliding scale based on salary, from $25.50 a year to the full dues amount for certificated employees. Local dues vary from district to district, and also will differ based on whether you are full time, and your position (teacher, support professional, higher-ed faculty, etc.). We also have membership categories for student teachers and retirees. WEA Active Membership enrollment is available only through your local association or your regional WEA UniServ Council office.

Student WEA Membership

Student WEA Membership is available to individuals enrolled in an accredited School of Education program in Washington State. Annual dues for student membership are $22.50. In addition to receiving NEA and WEA publications, you receive many of the benefits of Active Professional Members, including NEA-sponsored Educators Employment Liability Insurance. Visit the Student WEA page on our site to enroll online and/or for additional details about the Student WEA program. Additional information can also be obtained by contacting Linda Woo, 253-765-7027, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you would like to enroll as a SWEA member, please print the Student WEA membership form (PDF format) and mail it with a check for $22.50 to WEA's Federal Way office, or contact Beverly Roehr, 253-765-7018, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

WEA Retired Membership

WEA's retired educators can make retirement planning easier and more successful. And as a pre-retired or active member of WEA/NEA-Retired you will remain a part of the largest advocacy voice for public education. Visit the WEA-Retired membership enrollment page, or join the team now! Enroll online quickly, easily and securely with your credit card.

Am I eligible to join WEA as a substitute teacher?

Any certificated teacher or specialist employed in public education in Washington state, including a person employed part-time as a substitute teacher, is eligible for Active membership in the association. Substitute teachers should join WEA as an Active (rather than Reserve or Associate) member. Details on membership for substitutes

Can I remain a member if I'm on leave?

Former 'Active'-class members, (certificated or educational support professional), including those on an unpaid leave of absence from public education employment, are eligible for Reserve membership. Enrolling as a Reserve member not only maintains your eligibility for NEA and WEA Member Benefits programs, but also ensures that you will continue to receive association publications.

NEA/WEA Reserve dues are payable via check directly to WEA. The membership year runs from September 1st through August 31st. If you would like to enroll as a Reserve member, contact Tobias Benton, 253-765-7017, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . See the dues chart and download your membership form below.

Private school employees

If you are employed by a private school, you are ineligible for WEA Active Membership, but we would welcome you as an Associate member. Associate membership provides you with NEA and WEA publications, demonstrates your commitment to education, and helps provide you with opportunities to interact with other WEA members.

Download WEA's Associate/Reserve Member enrollment form (Adobe PDF)

Annual Associate/Reserve Membership Dues (Combined State and National Dues)

Membership Category  
2013-14 School Year
Associate Member  
$5.50
Reserve Member/certificated  
$130.00
Reserve Member/ESP-Paraprofessional  
$69.50

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