Oklahoma Aspiring Educators Association


About OAEA

The Oklahoma Aspiring Educators Association (OAEA), formerly known as  the Student Oklahoma Education Association (SOEA), is a pre-professional organization of undergraduate and graduate students currently preparing for careers in education. As a member of OAEA, students are affiliated with the larger Oklahoma Education Association, an educational professional association representing nearly 35,000 members in the state. OAEA members are also part of the National Education Association – the largest education association in the nation and a major force in shaping the nation’s education agenda, with over 3.2 million members representing every state in the nation.


The Oklahoma Aspiring Educators Association is led by an elected executive board of student members who provide services, and representation within the OEA. Along with the State Student Organizer, who is a staff member of the OEA, the executive board hosts a fall conference and spring convention that focus on developing members’ communication and leadership skills, providing professional development opportunities and allowing members to exchange ideas and express concerns with neighboring local OAEA campus chapters.

OAEA is one of the largest student organizations in Oklahoma with local student programs at more than 25 university and college campuses. Local chapters provide support with job interviewing skills, resume writing, brain-based learning, classroom management, cooperative learning and other vital educational information and issues. Membership in OAEA also provides networking opportunities with professional educators through the “Hook Up” program, where local OAEA and local K-12 associations work together to host professional development workshops and unite for special projects.

The National Education Association Aspiring Educator Program is the largest student voice in the nation and provides its 50,000 student members on more than 900 college/university campuses across all 50 states with publications, services and representation at the national level. When OAEA joins nearly 35,000 OEA members and 3.2 million NEA members, we can truly improve the profession that we have chosen for our careers.

The Value of OAEA Membership

OAEA members enjoy not only a great of experience of connecting with colleagues and gaining knowledge and experience for the class, they also have fun! Watch the video to see the things that OAEA membership can do for you as you prepare for your profession.


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Twitter: https://twitter.com/OklaAEA (@OklaAEA)

Let Us Help You Take the OSAT​

OEA and our student program, Oklahoma Aspiring Educators, will pay $60 each for up to two OSATs

OEA OSAT TARGETED SUPPORT SESSIONS—free, online sessions designed for candidates seeking traditional, alternative, or emergency certification! Sessions for Elementary (Reading, Math, Constructed Response), Early Childhood, Special Ed Mild/Moderate, and US/OK History/Government/Economics, plus All OSATs Constructed Response! 

For complete information on the OSAT and signing up for support sessions and vouchers please visit HERE

To speak with someone at OEA about our OSAT program, contact OEA Teaching and Learning Specialist Kim Littrell at klittrell@okea.org and OAEA Coordinator Joshua Frazier at jfrazier@okea.org or 405.528.7785.

Aspiring educators from around the state serve as elected leaders, representing future teachers on the OEA Board of Directors and on various OEA committees.

OAEA Chapters Embracing Social Media

OAEA chapters are diving into the world of social media! Carl Albert Student Education Program and Oklahoma State Panhandle University OAEA have set up Facebook pages, and are looking forward to using them as organizing tools for the new school year.

Click on the links to view the links to view their pages. Also, check out the official OAEA Facebook page.

Uniting Through Service - Outreach to Teach & Spring Convention

We don’t know about you, but we are ready to spread some JOY for Spring 2024 for our annual statewide membership service project: Outreach to Teach!

Our 2023 Recipient was Coolidge Elementary in Enid. We worked with the building principal to identify different beautification projects across the school. Your amazing donations and the work the OAEA students did around the school were truly amazing. Thank you to everyone who supported us last year.

We hope you will consider donating to Outreach to Teach this year to help us make a significant and positive impact on our winning school.

Mark Your Calendars for 2023-2024 Events

2024 Outreach to Teach & OAEA Spring Convention

April 5 & 6

Join us for timely and relevant professional development breakout sessions and 2024 OAEA Officer Election information! (OAEA members attend Convention free of charge; nonmembers must pay a $30 registration fee.)

Registration Coming Soon!

Former Student Member Rebate

New certified OEA members who were student members while in college are eligible for a rebate of both OEA and NEA dues they paid as students. Rebates must be applied for by May 1 of each year and the applications must be sent in during the member’s very first year of education employment. Complete the form here.