What is MSEA?
Is MSEA different from the Maryland State Department of Education?
What does MSEA do?
Is MSEA a union or professional association? And what’s the difference?
How do I join MSEA?
Why should I join MSEA?
How do I contact MSEA for more information or assistance?
How do I get to the MSEA office?
How do I join an MSEA committee?
Q: What is MSEA?
A: MSEA, the Maryland State Education Association, is the largest union and professional association in Maryland. We represent more than 70,000 educators and school employees who work in Maryland’s public schools. MSEA also represents 39 local affiliates in every county across the state of Maryland, and our parent affiliate is the 3.2 million-member National Education Association (NEA).
Learn more about who we are.
Q: Is MSEA different from the Maryland State Department of Education?
A: Yes. MSEA is an independent association representing teachers, education support professionals, administrators, certificated specialists, higher education faculty, and student and retired members. To visit the Maryland State Department of Education’s website, go to marylandpublicschools.org.
Q: What does MSEA do?
A: MSEA’s mission is to advance the cause of high-quality public education in Maryland and to provide teachers and other educators with the tools and resources they need to create great public schools for every child in Maryland. Learn more about what we do.
Q: Is MSEA a union or professional association? And what’s the difference?
A: We’re both. One of the core responsibilities of MSEA and its local affiliates is to bargain collectively on behalf of our members so that Maryland’s educators and school employees have the professional-level salaries and benefits and decent working conditions to be effective in their jobs. We also make sure that local employers abide by the negotiated contract and we represent member-employees in job-related legal matters when necessary.
But the value of association membership comes just as equally from our critical support role as a professional association. This includes lobbying in Annapolis, nationally and locally for improved classroom and school conditions, offering members unique professional development opportunities, and providing them with timely information, tips, and resources through our publications and website.
Q: How do I join MSEA?
A: If you are employed in professional education work for any school district in the state of Maryland, are a student or retired educator, or work for an accredited institution of higher education, you are eligible to become a member of MSEA as well as your local association and NEA.
To join, contact the local affiliate in your county that represents your occupation.
Q: Why should I join MSEA?
A: MSEA and its affiliates have a powerful voice in Annapolis and at the county level on issues that affect you, your profession, and your students. The more educators and school employees our association has and the more they speak out on these issues, the stronger our collective voice.
Especially in these difficult economic times, you can’t afford not to be an MSEA member. Members have access to legal protection, fabulous professional development opportunities, and an array of other member benefits and discounts. Learn more about the value of MSEA membership.
Q: How do I contact MSEA for more information or assistance?
A: You can call MSEA at 410-263-6600 or 1-800-448-6782 between the hours of 8:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, or send us as an email. You can also locate contact information for individual MSEA leaders or staff.
Q: How do I get to the MSEA office?
A: The MSEA headquarters is located at 140 Main Street in historic downtown Annapolis. For driving directions and parking information, click here.