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Join SDEA Today! You belong in the Movement!

SDEA is South Dakota's largest public education employee association led by educators for educators. By banding together, we impact meaningful change for educators and students.


SDEA makes sure the voices of educators are actually heard. Together, we have successfully raised educator wages, improved working conditions, and increased public school funding. We can have an even stronger voice when you join us today.

Become a Member

Matthew Osborne
I wanted to be part of something BIGGER than teaching and my classroom!
Quote by: Matthew Osborne, Kindergarten Teacher

Making a difference

Becoming a member of the South Dakota Education Association connects you with a movement of educators and school staff supporting each other. Our union advocates for the funding and resources that you, your schools, and your students deserve. This includes:

Together we're stronger. Together we're heard. 

With more members like you, we’ll have a stronger voice so that we can secure real pay increases, change our workplace, and protect our rights.

Renee Buffington
SDEA brings together ALL classes of educators who are working to help our students.
Quote by: Renee Buffington, Educational Assistant


SDEA members are as diverse as the students we represent, but united in our purpose: championing justice and excellence in public education. SDEA members can belong to the movement in every phase of their career!
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Active Professionals

Active professionals include educators and education support professionals in our K-12 public schools, as well as Higher Education faculty and staff.
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Aspiring Educators

Aspiring Educators Program are college students pursuing careers as educators and belong to the SDEA Aspiring Educators.
SDEA Retired members enjoy lunch together

Retired Professionals

SDEA Retired members work to strengthen public education, public services and healthcare, and professions to which they dedicated their lives.
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Already a Member?

Already a member and looking to switch to eDues or get more involved?
Koreen Hammel
The best part about joining is helping teachers have a voice in their profession. I want to help our teachers grow in their profession and be leaders in what they do.
Quote by: Koreen Hammel, 5th Grade Teacher
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Together we're stronger. Together we're heard.

You belong in the movement! Join today to belong to the movement of educators and school staff fighting for the pay and working conditions we all deserve.

It's about our kids.

The South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) is a professional organization working hard for educators, so they can continue to work hard for our kids. SDEA members provide a wide range of professional education services in communities throughout the state.