Become a Member

If you’re pursuing a career in public education, working in K-12, higher education, or have retired from the profession, there is a WEA membership type for you.

Membership types

WEA Active membership

  • Available only to public school employees: teachers, Education Support Professionals (ESPs) and higher education faculty. If you are employed in public education in Fourth Corner and represented by one of the more than 30 local associations here, you can enroll online here. Active membership is also available to certificated teachers and specialists employed full or part-time as guest/substitute educators. If you have questions about membership, check with your local president or contact us!
Helpful note for Bellingham folks when selecting your local:
  • If you work for the Bellingham School District as a Classified employee (ESP), 'Bellingham Association of School Employees' (BASE) is your local. If you are a Certificated employee, 'Bellingham Education Association - SD #501' (BEA) is your local.

  • If you work at the Bellingham Technical College as a Classified employee (ESP), 'Bellingham Educational Support Team' (BEST) is your local. If you work at the Bellingham Technical College as a Certificated employee, 'Bellingham EA- Bellingham Technical College' (BTC), is your local.

Student WEA membership

  • Available to individuals enrolled in an accredited School of Education program in Washington state. To join SWEA, enroll online or send this completed form with a $22.50 check or money order made payable to Student Washington Education Association and mail it to: Washington Education Association, P.O. Box 9100, Federal Way, WA 98063-9100.

WEA Retired membership

  • As a member of WEA/NEA-Retired you remain a part of the nation's largest advocacy voice for public education. Join or renew here.

Associate and reserve membership

  • Former WEA Active members, (certificated or educational support professional), including those on an unpaid leave of absence from public education employment are eligible for Reserve membership.

  • Associate membership is open to community members who are public education supporters.

  • You can join as an Associate or Reserve member of the association online.