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Together, Our Voices Create Change

Because we can accomplish more together. Because CTA provides resources and training. Because through collective action we can bring about change for our students, ourselves, and each other.

Whether you’re a veteran educator, preparing to retire, or fresh on the scene, we’re all in it together, united in our commitment to strengthen public education for all students.

CTA Membership Enrollment Options

New members can learn about CTA and the benefits of membership, then simply click “Join Now” to enroll in just a few minutes. Check out this Online Enrollment Help Guide for more information. Once a new member enrolls, they receive a welcome email with a temporary membership card and link to their digital membership card. Local chapter leaders will receive a weekly email detailing all those that signed up the previous week with instructions to share with the district office.

Local leaders can use CTA 360, CTA’s Association Management mobile app, to enroll new members in person. Use this membership tool as part of your local’s organizing efforts. It is great to have handy at site visits and new educator orientations! Check out this tutorial video for step-by-step instructions on how to enroll a new member. Don’t have the CTA 360 app yet? Get it now.

The 4-part paper enrollment form is still an available option for enrolling new members. Visit for more information about CTA membership processing and how to complete the paper form.

The Power of Membership

Since 1863, CTA has been fighting for educators and the students they serve. At the local level, members bargain for fair working and learning conditions, so they can ensure that school districts provide the schools all students deserve. CTA members join a long and vibrant legacy of fighting for equity by lifting up the voices of the unheard and winning resources for schools and students. CTA members individually and collectively are the best and most important advocates for public education and the professionals that make it possible.

The combined strength of CTA’s 310,000 members and NEA’s 3.2 million members makes us powerful and passionate advocates for you at the state and national levels. That means that just by joining CTA, you’re helping an education support professional in another district bargain a living wage right now. And another educator, just by being a member, helped get you discounts through Member Benefits and CTA Access to Savings.

Building Your Skills

CTA offers top-notch professional development opportunities designed to improve the quality of teaching and learning. Whether it’s attending one of our conferences, participating in a training or workshop, or applying for a scholarship or grant, CTA can help you be the best educator you can be!

Our statewide conferences deliver knowledge and skills for CTA members on a variety of topics including teaching and learning, racial justice and equity, LGBTQ+, education advocacy, new and veteran educator issues, and regional conferences. When you attend a CTA conference, you experience engaging workshops and sessions, perspective from some of the best content experts and thought leaders in public education, and opportunities to network with colleagues.

The Benefits of Membership

There are benefits when we stand together. CTA and NEA used the purchasing power of CTA’s 310,000 and NEA’s 3.2 million members to negotiate favorable deals for you. A few of the more notable benefits include:

  • Educator Employment Liability Insurance
  • Group Legal Service
  • Everyday Savings
  • Disaster Relief
  • Travel & Entertainment Discounts
  • Life and Disability Insurance
  • Auto and Home Insurance Deals

Powerful Advocates

There is strength in numbers, like 310,000 members strong. Through collective action, we lead our profession. Monitoring the legislative process and advocating for laws that achieve gains for students, teachers and public education are cornerstones of our mission. We also advocate for you at the bargaining table, in the community, and in your schools. We advocate so all students — regardless of family circumstances, where they live, where they were born, how they look, who they love, or the language they speak — have the right to a public education that helps them reach their full potential. Members are the best advocates, and to that end we enable members like you to   speak with unity and authority on the issues that matter.

Join Us

Join your fellow colleagues in union. Join California teachers, counselors, school librarians, social workers, psychologists, community college faculty, nurses and education support professionals in advocating for students and each other. Become a CTA Member today.