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Meet Student CTA

Student California Teachers Association is for anyone aspiring to be a teacher, school librarian, social worker, psychologist, school nurse or college faculty member. Student CTA serves as the collective voice for aspiring educators and advocates for what we believe to be fair and just, not only for ourselves, but for our future students. 

The mission is guided by our four core values – teacher quality, community outreach, diversity, and advocacy.

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How can I become a Student CTA member? 

SCTA membership brings together like-minded people who share a passion for education. Membership offers opportunities to engage in personal and professional development, increase your voice and have a medium for social change – the ability to fight for what you believe in. 

Officers and Executive Board 

SCTA officers and executive board members are elected to ensure the needs of aspiring educators are addressed. 

Benefits and Services

We Represent You 

  • Before California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, which accredits teacher-education programs, sets credential standards and fees, and develops and administers statewide tests. 
  • On CTA minority caucuses, (African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Hispanic), on caucuses related to disabilities and early childhood, and on the CTA Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee. 
  • Before other state and federal education boards and committees. 
  • By lobbying and testifying in Sacramento and Washington, DC, when legislation affects us (testing, tuition, financial aid, etc.). 
  • With voting participants on the CTA State Council of Education and on special CTA task forces on issues that directly affect students and beginning teachers. 
  • On the NEA Board of Directors, on NEA committees and as delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly. 

We Keep You Informed

SCTA members receive: 

  • SCTA I Choose to Teach statewide newsletter 
  • California Educator – CTA’s statewide professional magazine 
  • NEA Today  – national professional newspaper 
  • Tomorrow’s Teachers  publications 

We Protect You 

  • $1,000,000 liability insurance and legal protection when you work with students as a part of your preparation to be a teacher 
  • A life insurance benefit that increases with each year of continuous CTA membership up to $2,000 
  • $1,000 accidental death and dismemberment insurance 
  • Low rates on auto, homeowners/renters insurance 
  • Disaster Relief Fund through FACT provides grants and no-cost interest loans to teachers who are victims of natural disasters in the state 

Professional Services 

  • Legal assistance on specified credential matters 
  • Research services – studies, publications, etc. 
  • Key job contacts 
  • Salary-schedule information 
  • Workshops and conferences 
  • Scholarships available 

Economic Services 

  • Credit union privileges 
  • Discount on movie tickets, museums, amusement park entrance fees, new and used cars through the auto purchasing program, cruises, hotels, rental cars and vacation packages

Making Your SCTA Chapter Shine

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Make the best Student CTA chapter ever! Get resources for funding, student awards, starting a chapter, planning events and more. 

Celebrating Aspiring Educators

Each year SCTA recognizes the contributions of our members, chapters and advisors. SCTA Awards are presented at the SCTA Representative Assembly (the annual business meeting of the association) each spring.

Individual Award Categories include the SCTA W.H.O. (We Honor Ours) Award, the Outstanding Chapter Advisor(s), and the  Virginia Ann Shadwick Human Rights Award. The Chapter Award Categories include awards for Outstanding Local Chapter and Chapter Membership Recognition.

For questions about awards, contact Annette Barroso, abarroso@cta.org.

Dismantling CBEST and RICA

  • High stakes, standardized tests do not evaluate whether a candidate will be a good teacher.
  • The policy and practice of using these exams has institutionalized racial disparities and ensures lack of diversity within the profession.
  • The excessive costs associated with taking these tests once – let alone twice – can inhibit many students from proceeding forward in the credentialing process.
  • The complex maze of alternatives to these high-stakes standardized tests can be equally or more costly and time consuming.
  • Students seek out alternatives, such as Teach for America, which supports the corporate education reform model.
  • This only beneficiary to this system is Pearson Vue.

2019 Legislative Update 

SB 614 (Rubio) will lessen California’s chronic teacher shortages, it is time to repeal the Reading Instruction Competency Assessment (RICA), an outdated exam that is not aligned with California’s current reading and literacy standards. Stay tuned for more details on this vital legislation!

Resources for Aspiring Educators

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