AACTE membership benefits focus on supporting advocacy, professional development, and networking for the educator preparation community.  AACTE institutional memberships provide benefits to all members of the educator preparation community on member campuses—all leaders, faculty, and students are eligible to access benefits. An AACTE online account is required to access many benefits.

The first step to accessing member-only benefits is determining if your campus is an AACTE member. Learn more.

AACTE has released its latest membership tool, a one-page profile that shares members statistics and much more, including strategic priorities, educational offerings, and professional development opportunities.


AACTE membership is institutional – when an institution joins, all students, faculty, staff, and administrators across the institution have access to AACTE benefits. Members receive exclusive access and free or discounted fees for various programs, events, products, and services. Examples are highlighted here.

AACTE provides policy analysis and collaborates with key partners and stakeholders to represent the profession’s voice on Capitol Hill, leading advocacy on funding, legislation, and regulations that impact the educator preparation profession. In addition, AACTE supports members and state chapters across the country in advocating at the state level.

  • Day on the Hill – An annual, day-long program where experts provide training on advocating on behalf of educator preparation before heading to Capitol Hill for visits with members of Congress.
  • AACTE Advocacy Guides – These guides provide resources for advocacy at both the federal and state levels.
  • Key Policymaker List – Downloadable list for your state supporting engagement and advocacy.
  • State Policy Tracker Map – View the latest policy changes affecting your program and receive guidance on how to make necessary programmatic changes through AACTE’s State Policy Tracker Map.

AACTE presents state and national education-related news, ongoing updates on key professional issues, new research, and respected journalism specific to educator preparation.

  • Journal of Teacher Education (JTE) – AACTE’s highly regarded, peer-reviewed journal on policy, practice, and research in teacher education is published five times a year. All members receive complimentary digital access to JTE.
  • Ed Prep Matters – AACTE’s blog provides timely news and insights on educator preparation. In addition to original content, the blog compiles key articles and shares AACTE member updates and achievements with the national education community and the public.
  • AACTE Talks Policy – This biweekly member-exclusive newsletter updates on the latest issues affecting the teacher preparation space and provides members with helpful information and resources for navigating through legislative challenges.
  • Holmes Bulletin – The monthly e-newsletter from the AACTE Holmes Scholar Council updates participants on news, events, technical issues, and professional activities. Participation in the Holmes Program is exclusive to member institutions.
  • Racial and Social Justice Resource Hub – AACTE maintains lists and toolkits to support members’ work on racial and social issues in classrooms, on campuses, and within their state and local communities.

AACTE provides invaluable networking opportunities, one-of-a-kind professional development programs, and timely seminars and forums. AACTE members receive significant discounts on all event registration fees. Visit the Professional Development and Events page to see what’s coming up.

  • Annual Meeting – The AACTE Annual Meeting is the nation’s largest convening of teacher educators. The Annual Meeting has broad appeal and addresses timely professional and policy issues. Event opportunities include a wide variety of sessions with leading speakers, networking opportunities, distinguished award presentations, and education-related exhibits.
  • Leadership Academy – The annual Leadership Academy is an indispensable opportunity for new or aspiring deans, department chairs, and academic administrators to hone their leadership skills with colleagues. Attendees collaborate in interactive learning sessions and engage with top leaders from the field in an intimate setting.
  • Webinars – AACTE provides regular online events on various topics including contemporary research updates, best practices, professional development, advocacy updates, and more.
  • State Leadership Institute – This program brings together AACTE and ATE state chapter leaders from across the U.S. to address the challenges facing the profession in their states.

AACTE ensures quality teacher preparation, promotes solutions to common professional challenges, and provides leadership and guidance on key issues and practices through tools and resources such as these:

  • Topical Action Groups (TAGs) – TAGs are AACTE’s action-oriented study groups and support individuals from member institutions convening to explore their shared interests. AACTE provides TAGs with operational funds, staff support, meeting space in conjunction with the AACTE Annual Meeting, and the prestige of AACTE affiliation.
  • Research, Reports, and Briefs – AACTE provides members with the latest, practitioner-focused research, such as trends in the Alternative Teacher Certification Sector Outside Higher Education, Colleges of Education: A National Portrait, Second Edition, and A Tale of Two Cities: State Evaluation Systems of Teacher Preparation Programs.
  • Resource Library – AACTE’s online Resource Library houses presentations, toolkits, videos, and many other resources for download.
  • Affinity Discount Program – Because you are a member of AACTE you have access to exclusive, members-only discounts at Office Depot and OfficeMax. With your AACTE membership, you can save up to 75% off regular prices.
  • Virtual Reality Classrooms – Need to provide your candidates with virtual tools to complete program requirements? Through your AACTE membership, you receive discounted rates for virtual platforms.


AACTE members will find the following resources useful, including an easy-to-access job board, career development opportunities, and support for programmatic growth and diversification.

  • AACTE Holmes Scholar Program – The AACTE Holmes Scholar Program supports students who self-identify as racially and ethnically diverse and are pursuing graduate degrees in education at AACTE member institutions. Founded in 1991 for doctoral students, the Holmes Program now provides mentorship, peer support, and professional development opportunities.
  • Career Center – The Career Center is designed to serve educators at all levels. Basic services are free for job seekers. AACTE members receive a 25% discount on select job postings.

AACTE has numerous volunteer opportunities for members.  Below are just a few ways to become more engaged, grow your network, and perfect your leadership skills:


Contact our Membership Department at or 202-478-4516.