OEA Aspiring Education Division

OEA Aspiring Educators

The OEA Aspiring Educators (OEA-AE) is a unique community within the Ohio Education Association (OEA) supporting undergraduate and graduate students as they prepare for careers in education. This community is active on college and university campuses across the state, providing members with the support they need to complete their education training and empower them to be active, successful and visible members of their profession.​

State Leadership Opportunities
Aspiring Ed State Positions PosterHave you ever been interested in a leadership position with the OEA Aspiring Educators Board of Directors? Learn more about leadership opportunities with the Aspiring Educators by downloading the AE State Position flyer.

Interested in running for office? Download the Declaration of Candidacy Form (form must be received no later than March 15, 2024)

Represent Ohio as an NEA Aspiring Educator Delegate
Each summer NEA hosts their national representative assembly (RA). Delegates from every state are elected to represent their state to establish NEA’s budget, elect their officers, and to establish NEA’s governing policies. NEA much like OEA, is a member-run organization, and needs delegates like you. OEA will conduct elections to elect approximately 300 delegates to attend the NEA RA on Ohio’s behalf, and Ohio has the capacity to elect even more! Be the VOICE of Ohio Aspiring Educators! Check out the NEA Representative Assembly Delegate Information and consider running for the NEA Aspiring Educator Ohio delegate! Download the NEA RA Declaration of Candidacy form (form must be received no later than March 15, 2024)

Staying Connected-AE Power Hours

Calling all Ohio Aspiring Educator Leaders, Members, and Advisors! Your OEA-AE state leadership board will be hosting a series of power hour zooms to share upcoming news and events, update and celebrate the Chapter Challenge, and host a space for our statewide network to connect and share successes and needs. We hope that our leaders, members, and advisors will attend one zoom a month to stay informed and engaged. Any further questions, email the AE inbox at aspiringed@ohea.org

  • Topic: Chapter Challenge Introduction and Conference Information 
    Date: Thursday, January 11, 2024 11:00am- 12:00pm or 6:30pm-7:30pm
  • Topic: We LOVE our leaders! Chapter Challenge Check-In, AE BoD Elections, and Leadership Conference Updates
    Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2024 11:00am- 12:00pm or 6:30pm-7:30pm
  • Topic: March into spring celebrations! Final Chapter Challenge Check-In, Leadership Conference Updates, and more!
    Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2024 11:00am- 12:00pm or 6:30pm-7:30pm

Register HERE


Support and Relationships:

Connect with other Aspiring Educators who understand that balancing a course load and a workload can be overwhelming. OEA-AE members are supported by a state and national network of students in teacher preparation programs who are facing the same challenges and finding ways to overcome them.

Influence and Power: 

Work together with other aspiring and active educators to make a difference in the lives of students. The four core values of OEA-AE: Teacher Quality, Community Outreach, Political Action, and Social Justice provide foundations for how we can turn knowledge into power and advocate for students by building meaningful influence through connections with community partners, cooperating teachers, and fellow OEA-AE members.

Protection and Advocacy: 

OEA stands behind our OEA-AE members, ensuring that student teachers can focus on teaching and learning…knowing that they have $1 million dollars of professional liability protection. OEA-AE members have elected their Board of Directors to advocate at the state and national level for policies and practices that will positively impact teacher preparation programs and Aspiring Educators by ensuring that they are not only listened to, but also heard!

Join now! Contact us to learn how to become part of OEA-AE.

OEA Staff Liaison: Allison Hoffa (Qiana White, Administrative Secretary)
Email: aspiringed@ohea.org

Contact us to learn more.

www.ohea.org/aspiringed  | aspiringed@ohea.org

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Page updated: February 5, 2024