Aspiring Educators

The Utah Education Association’s Aspiring Educators Program (UEA-AEP) is Utah’s professional association for college students who plan to become teachers. Students at any of Utah’s post-secondary/higher education institutions who are not employed full-time in a regular teaching position by a pre-K–12 education agency or institution are eligible to join the Aspiring Educators Program. Formally known as the UEA Student Program, the name changed to Aspiring Educators Program at 2018’s House of Delegates by leaders in the program.

The UEA-AEP is part of the UEA, an association of Utah teachers, counselors and other related servers. We are a nonprofit, grassroots organization. The UEA-AEP is also part of the National Education Association Aspiring Educators Program (NEA-AEP).


  1. Sign up online using a credit card, or
  2. Print a 2023-24 AE Membership Application, fill it out and mail it to the UEA along with your check.

Aspiring Educators Advisory Committee (UEA-AEAC)

The UEA Aspiring Educators Advisory Council manages the business of the Aspiring Educators Program and includes the AE Chair, Chair-elect and one council member representing each of the universities and colleges throughout the state.


Current UEA-Aspiring Advisory Committee (UEA-AEAC) members:


  • UEA-AE Chair
  • Chair-Elect

Committee Meetings:
Click here for printable committee meetings flier.


Get a printable proof of your membership and coverage in the professional liability insurance program.



Aspiring Educators’ voices are critical during the legislative session! Held each Friday during the 45-day Utah General Legislative Session, UEA Educator Day on the Hill gives educators the opportunity to meet lawmakers and share important classroom stories.


Each year, the UEA convenes a House of Delegates to conduct Association business. Elected delegates representing the Aspiring Educators Program play an important role in shaping the future of the Association.


Similar to UEA’s House of Delegates, the Representative Assembly is the primary legislative and policymaking body of the Association and derives its powers from, and is responsible to, the membership. The Representative Assembly adopts the strategic plan and budget, resolutions, the Legislative Program, and other policies of the National Education Association


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Helping You Teach Your Best

The UEA-AEP helps you become a well-informed, professional teacher through top-quality workshops, conferences, publications, websites and the NEA’s Professional Library – offering the single largest source of professional materials for classroom teachers.

Educator Employment Liability Insurance and Legal Protection

When you work with students as part of your preparation to become a teacher, many schools require you to be covered by Liability insurance when you student teach. NEA Educators Employment Liability 

Student Loan Assistance Program

Need help paying your student loan? Many Utah teachers and licensed professionals may qualify for loan assistance programs. Check out the resource, Student Loan Debt, and join us for a “Generation Debt” training. Aspiring Educator (Student) Program members receive notice when trainings are held.


UEA-AEP helps you tap into a professional network of educators; practicing teachers at the local, state and national level.

You’re Part of a Family

When you join UEA-AEP, you also join:

Together, these groups work to:

  • Promote excellence in public education
  • Help teachers succeed in their chosen profession
  • Provide good working conditions for teachers and good learning conditions for students
  • Support legislation and candidates that support kids and public schools

Get Your Money’s Worth

Your membership entitles you to discounts on special services like auto, homeowners/renters and life insurance, entertainment, computers, books, magazines, travel and merchandise through our exclusive NEA Member Benefits program and the UEA Access Member Discounts Program & My Deals app which offer savings throughout local, state and national retailers.

Dues Rebate and Reduction

During your first year of teaching and regular UEA membership, you’ll receive a 20 percent UEA dues reduction (mark the “past Aspiring Member” box on the UEA Membership form) and a $20 rebate from NEA for each year of Aspiring Educator membership. This means you may receive more money back than you paid in dues as a student: New Student Rebate Form 2023-24 (Due on or before May 1).

You’ve Chosen a Noble Profession

Let us help you as you pursue your career and acquire your own classroom. Join hundreds of other education students in Utah pursuing the same career path.

Please contact the UEA for more information at 801-266-4461 or 800-594-8996