ATPE Membership


Texas public school employees deserve the best.

The Association of Texas Public Educators knows that you have a choice when it comes to joining a professional organization, so thank you for taking time to learn more about how we can support you. ATPE was founded by professional educators just like you and is the largest independent educators’ association in the United States with approximately 100,000 members across the state of Texas!

This means we can negotiate the best rates with the most comprehensive (and superior) protection benefits*. We let you keep more of your hard-earned money while providing you unwavering support.

*ATPE professional liability insurance coverage details


What do you get for your membership dues?

Access to a top-notch legal team.

We provide no-cost access to staff attorneys who may help eligible members with job-related legal questions or employment law concerns.**

Our staff attorneys help eligible members with job-related legal questions or employment law concerns—at no extra cost. We also provide a statewide network of law firms who know Texas education law.

Employment Rights Protection Insurance.

You pour your heart into your career; let ATPE help you protect the investment you’ve made in your career. No other association can match our coverage:

  • Up to $8 million in professional liability insurance.*
  • Extensive employment rights defense insurance, which can help pay defense costs for dismissal claims, salary disputes, etc. And those benefits are guaranteed, whether you win or lose.*
  • Predictable insurance-based coverage you can count on, not merely a “defense fund.”

*ATPE professional liability insurance coverage details
** Staff attorney services are provided through a program different from the insured benefits.




A Voice at the Capitol

ATPE stands up for public schools, educators, and students. Our experienced lobbyists fight for you year-round to help shape education law and policy at the state and federal level. We also make it easy to stay informed and engaged.

  • ATPE’s Advocacy Central allows you to connect with legislators.
  • Our blog provides regular updates.
  • Connect with our lobby team on Twitter.
  • Attend our annual ATPE at the Capitol event and receive political-involvement training.

We have no outside dues or agendas. We serve Texas Professional Educators exclusively.




Outstanding resources, discounts, and leadership opportunities.

We offer access to free online continuing professional education courses and exclusive discounts that can help you save more than the cost of your membership.

And, volunteer leaders are the lifeblood of ATPE. Interested members have opportunities to train and serve as campus representatives, as well as local, region, or state officers. Other members serve on statewide committees or attend ATPE’s annual House of Delegates meeting to help shape ATPE’s future.





What else should you know about us?

We’re inclusive—we believe that it takes everyone working together to give Texas’s kids the best education possible. ATPE membership is open to everyone who works in public schools, including teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, school nurses, secretaries, school bus drivers, and more.

We’re member-governed—which means our dues, legislative programs, resources, and protection programs are directed by working educators just like you.

We believe every Texas child deserves an exemplary public education. And every public school employee in Texas deserves an association on their side as they ensure the success of Texas schoolchildren.



Still want more information? Click on our latest membership video below to see why you should be part of the leading educator association of Texas!


*ATPE professional liability insurance coverage details

More benefits of being an ATPE member.