Form an Affiliate - National Council of Teachers of English

Application Should Include:

  1. The application form submitted by the president (or another officer of the association).
  2. A copy of the association’s constitution that:
    — provides for continuity of personnel within the administration of the organization (e.g., by creating a permanent post of Executive Secretary, by appointing the liaison officer for a two-year term or longer, with officers ending their terms in alternate years, or retaining past officers as members of the governing board);
    — states a relationship between the affiliate and NCTE;
    — for local affiliates, states a relationship between the local council and the state or provincial council;
    — contains an article on your tax-exempt status. (NCTE’s tax-exempt group is pending update in January 2024.)
  3. Written Policy for Involvement of People of Color.  (View NCTE’s Policy on Involvement of People of Color).
  4. Annual Dues Form.
  5. Membership List of at least 25 members in this designated format.
  6. A statement certifying that all members of the governing board are members of NCTE.
  7. A letter of support from your state or provincial affiliate if you are a local affiliate.

Form an NCTE Student Affiliate

NCTE Student Affiliates provide the opportunity for preservice teachers to network and gain experience in professional learning and leadership. Currently, there are 8 student affiliates.


Benefits of Affiliation with NCTE

  • Encouraging collaboration of student teachers of the English language arts at your college or university.
  • Becoming a member of NCTE builds upon young teachers’ intent to be English teachers and clearly shows their dedication to the teaching of the English language arts.
  • Connection to a national network of professionals working to improve the teaching of English language arts.
  • Representation on the NCTE Board of Directors.
  • Information on NCTE through the NCTE website.

Rules for Student Affiliation with NCTE

Apply for Affiliation


Process Advice

  • To insure you meet the membership requirement, collect and submit with your application the NCTE memberships from at least 10 members, including the officers, who are members of your student affiliate.
  • Unlike regular affiliates that usually maintain steady numbers, members of student affiliates come and go relatively quickly (in one-two years.).
  • Because the membership of student affiliates changes every year, the faculty sponsor is usually the “glue” that holds the group together.
  • Sometimes pairing up “older and younger” (e.g. senior and junior) students to hold the various offices works well to provide continuity. This helps to make sure that a student who knows how to hold the office and how to operate within it remains on the board and can train a new officer.
  • The best thing your student affiliate can become is a group that meets the needs of its members.