Association of Texas Professional Educators
Association of Texas Professional Educators

Join ATPE as a Student Teacher

What is ATPE?

ATPE is YOUR professional association. We're the most powerful voice in Texas public education, with approximately 90,000 members across the state.

Why join?

It's FREE!* Plus, you’ll become part of Texas’ largest community of educators, who will help guide and mentor you as you begin your new career.

Advocacy in Austin and D.C.
Team of experienced professional lobbyists fighting for your rights
In-depth analysis of the issues that matter most to you through our dedicated website,
A full suite of grassroots advocacy tools to help you stand up for your students
Professional learning and leadership
Gen ATPE, a new affinity group offering specialized learning and networking opportunities for educators age 30 and younger
24/7 access to more than 130 on-demand courses on the hottest topics in education today
Award-winning quarterly magazine and bimonthly e-newsletter
Money-saving discounts
Exclusive member discount programs on travel, online shopping, and much more
Savings on school supplies
How do I join?

Go to, or click on the Join ATPE button below. Join in the College Student category if you’re just taking classes right now. Join as a Student Teacher if you’re going to be doing any student or clinical teaching or observations, whether in person or virtually. ATPE’s Student Teacher membership provides you with professional liability insurance.** (But it’s still FREE!)

And don’t forget: When you finally land your dream job, be sure to upgrade to the appropriate paid membership to retain your membership benefits.

*Student teachers in Texas qualify for free membership.

**Eligibility, terms, conditions, and limitations apply. Visit to view important disclosures and current details of the insurance policy. Staff attorney services are provided separate from the Educators Professional Liability Insurance Program.