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Every year, thousands of TCTA members benefit from our legal services, which our experienced attorneys handle with an eye toward problem-solving, not publicity.

TCTA’s experienced legal staff can answer employment-related questions and help protect your rights and benefits — but only if you are a member before the problem arises.

TCTA’s legal protection package includes:
  • The most comprehensive professional liability insurance policy available to Texas teachers
  • Member access to experienced lawyers — not union reps or paralegals — for employment-related legal problems
  • Best lawyer-to-member ratio
  • Statewide network of lawyers
TCTA members also benefit from:
  • Exclusive membership for those who work directly with students — no administrators
  • Affordable annual member dues
  • Top-ranked teacher lobby team working to improve TRS and health insurance benefits
  • Discounts on hotels, entertainment, and more
You need TCTA when...
  • You’re not getting support with a serious disciplinary issue
  • You’re reassigned to a subject you’re not certified to teach
  • You’re falsely charged with a crime at school
  • You’re injured while breaking up a fight
  • You receive an appraisal that you believe is unfair or inaccurate
  • You’re told to change a student’s grade
  • You need to respond to a parent complaint
  • Your paycheck has been miscalculated and it will affect your retirement benefits
When you join TCTA, your dues remain in Texas, where they support Texas teachers and public schools. To receive member benefits, you must be eligible for TCTA membership and join in the appropriate membership category.

Membership in TCTA is open only to classroom teachers and other non-administrative professionals working directly with students.

Membership in TCTA is open to the following:
  • Classroom teacher
  • Counselor
  • Librarian
  • Diagnostician
  • Speech pathologist
  • Social worker
  • School nurse
  • Athletic trainer
  • Coach
  • Other nonsupervisory professional whose position does not require an administrative certificate
  • Anyone who holds a bachelor's degree, is pursuing teacher certification, and is a salaried teacher in a Texas public school
Renewing Member


Are you an existing member looking to renew? Log in to renew your membership.

First-Time Active Member


Open to individuals eligible for Active membership who are first-time members of TCTA.

Associate Member


Open to individuals employed as a substitute teacher, paraprofessional, teacher aide, or education secretary.

Retired Member


Open to formerly eligible retired public school employees no longer employed by a public school district in any capacity.

Student Member


Offered to college students seeking certification in Texas. Includes professional liability insurance coverage for student teaching.


Effective date of coverage: TCTA regrets that we are unable to provide legal services for issues arising prior to the effective date of membership. Your membership and professional liability insurance coverage (if provided for your membership category) become effective on Aug. 1, 2018, or when your completed membership application and full payment, or a signed payroll deduction authorization and required payments, are received at TCTA headquarters, whichever is later. Membership with TCTA is subject to the terms of benefits as defined on the membership application.

Professional liability insurance: The coverage included with membership for Active, Associate and Student members is provided by a wholly owned subsidiary of Nationwide® with an A.M. Best Rating of A+XV (superior). The coverage is provided through a purchasing group, and the insurer may not be subject to all insurance laws and regulations of the state.

All coverage is subject to policy terms. Policy is available to members upon request.