Professional Association Benefits
Membership in ATPE is an
important part of your career. Each association’s benefits are different, so
review them carefully before you join. ATPE membership for college students and
teacher trainees is FREE, so
See how we compare with other educator organizations.
Liability insurance and more
If you are student teaching or otherwise interacting with students, you need protection that
you can count on. When the need arises, no one wishes he did not carry insurance.
ATPE teacher trainee category members are covered* by:
$8 million in liability insurance, including up to $2 million per occurrence for
alleged violations of students’ civil rights, one of the most common reasons parents
$15,000 per claim for criminal and certification legal costs.
In addition to these insured benefits, ATPE maintains a staff of licensed attorneys
who may discuss options for employment-related concerns with eligible members**. This prompt and
confidential service can be accessed simply by calling (800) 777-ATPE and is available at no additional
cost to members beyond membership dues.
Advocacy for educators and students
ATPE feels the same passion for education advocacy
that you feel for teaching.
Our legislative lobby team works year-round with state and federal officeholders and state agencies to remove
the obstacles that prevent educators from teaching and students from learning.
ATPE not only serves as a positive voice for public
education, but we also teach educators (both current and future) how to be effective
We provide our members with:
Political involvement training.
- Opportunities to meet with decision makers.
- Timely legislative news at atpe.org and through the
Alert Network, an e-mail system that allows you to quickly and easily communicate with
your elected officials.
- Information about candidates' and officeholders' positions on education at TeachtheVote.org
Resources you can use
ATPE knows that teaching can be a challenge. That’s
why we provide tools that support you so that you can serve your students.
Publications and Professional Development
- ATPE News—a quarterly magazine full of ideas that can turn classroom
challenges into successes
- Essentials—a quick-read e-mail newsletter that keeps ATPE members up-to-date
on news related to their profession (7 issues per year)
- Answer Key—a unique e-newsletter that provides ATPE teacher trainee and college student members with
news, advice and ATPE benefit information that is custom-tailored for the future educator
- atpe.org—our website, which hosts
free online professional development, tips on
student discipline to
special education as well as a student teacher
section that features articles ranging from
TExEs prep to
Services and Discounts
Receive discounts on auto insurance and repairs, theme park
tickets, hotels, car rentals, prescription drugs, health and lifestyle benefits, shopping through the ATPE Online Mall and more. Take advantage of
opportunities to plan for your future with term life
insurance and other guaranteed–issue supplemental insurance products and to save on professional real estate mortgage services.
Fred Wiesner Educational Excellence Scholarship—The ATPE
Foundation awards up to four $1,500
scholarships each year to students enrolled in teacher-preparation programs at Texas
colleges and universities.
Barbara Jordan Memorial Scholarship—The ATPE
Foundation awards up to six $1,500 scholarships
each year to students enrolled in teacher preparation programs at predominantly ethnic
minority colleges and universities in Texas.
Educators Professional Liability Insurance Policy is underwritten by National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh,
Pa. All coverage is subject to the express terms of the master insurance policy issued to ATPE and kept on file at the ATPE
state office. Coverage applies to the activities of an insured in the course of his/her duties as a student in a teacher
education program in an accredited college or university and does not apply to activities that predate the coverage period.
Download a detailed summary. Eligibility for ATPE
membership benefits is contingent upon ATPE’s receipt of the entire annual membership dues amount for your appropriate membership
category. A disruption in payments to an authorized payment plan may result in discontinuation of such benefits, including
cancellation of insurance coverage for the entire membership year retroactive to Aug. 1 or your membership date. ATPE reserves the right to determine the appropriate membership category. The ATPE membership year is from Aug. 1 to July 31.
**The insured member services and staff
attorneys’ assistance are offered through separate programs.
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