Student Program

The Mississippi Association of Educators Aspiring Educators Program (MAE-SP) is Mississippi’s professional association for college students who plan to become teachers. Students at any of Mississippi’s post-secondary/higher education institutions who are not employed full-time in a regular teaching position by a pre-K–12 education agency or institution are eligible to join the MAE-SP.

The MAE-SP is part of the MAE, an association of Mississippi teachers, counselors, bus drivers, custodians, cafeteria workers, and other related servers. We are a nonprofit, grassroots organization. MAE-SP is also part of the National Education Association Aspiring Educators Program.

JOIN THE MAE-SP for only $21 per year in addition to local dues. Membership is September 1 to August 31. There are two ways to join:

  1. Sign-up online using a credit card, or
  2. Print a 2021-22 membership form, fill it out and mail it to the MAE along with your check.

Now Accepting Early Enrollment: You can join the student program early. New NEA Aspiring Educators early enrollees join between April 1 and August 31 and are considered members from the signature date on the application through the following year after the up-front $21 dues payment is submitted. Early Enrollees have access to select NEA and MAE Member Benefits programs before the regular membership year begins September 1.


Helping you teach your best. The MAE-SP helps you become a well-informed, professional teacher through top-quality workshops, conferences, publications, websites and the NEA’s Professional Library – offering the single largest source of professional materials for classroom teachers. Click here for Quick Tips for Classroom Success.

Educator Employment Liability insurance and legal protection when you work with students as part of your preparation to become a teacher. Many schools require you to be covered by liability insurance when you student teach.

Student loan assistance program. Need help paying your student loan? Many Utah teachers and licensed professionals may qualify for loan assistance programs. Check out the resource, Generation Debt, and join us for a training. Student Program members receive notice when trainings are held.

Networking. MAE-SP helps you tap into a professional network of educators: practicing teachers at the local, state and national levels.

You’re part of the family. When you join UEA-SP, you also join:

Together, these groups work to:

  • Promote excellence in public education,
  • Help teachers succeed in their profession,
  • Provide good working conditions for teachers and good learning conditions for children, and
  • Support legislation and candidates that support kids and public schools.

Get your money’s worth. Your membership entitles you to discounts on special services like auto, homeowners/renters and life insurance, entertainment, computers, books, magazines, travel and merchandise through our exclusive NEA Member Benefits program and the MAE Access Card which offers big savings at more than 300,000 locations throughout the nation, state and community.

Dues rebate and reduction. During your first year of teaching and regular MAE membership, you’ll receive a 20 percent MAE dues reduction (mark the “past student member” box on the MAE membership form) and a $20 rebate from NEA for each year of student membership.  That means you may receive more money back than you paid in dues as a student: NEA Rebate Form (Due on or before May 1).

You’ve chosen a noble profession. Let us help you as you pursue your career and acquire your own classroom. Join hundreds of other education students in Utah pursuing the same career path.

Please contact MAE for more information at 601-354-4463.