What Are Student Locals?Top of page

Student locals are subgroups that the ATA maintains for the purpose of delivering services to education students. The ATA operates 11 student locals, each affiliated with a university or college offering a program leading to a degree in education.

How Do I Join a Student Local?Top of page

If you are an education student who is enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program leading to eligibility for a teaching certificate, you qualify for membership in a student local. However, to join a local, you must first become a member of the Education Students' Association (ESA) or the Education Undergraduate Society (EUS) operating on the campus of the university or college that you are attending. To join the ESA or EUS you will need to pay a nominal fee. The ESA or EUS will forward $1 of your membership fee to the ATA, an amount that automatically makes you a member of the appropriate ATA student local.

What Are the Benefits of Belonging to a Student Local?Top of page

Here's what membership in a student local entitles you to:

  • Membership in a professional organization
  • Advice and consultation on professional matters
  • Receipt of various ATA publications, including the ATA News and the ATA Magazine
  • Current information on issues of concern to education students and teachers throughout the province
  • Access to ATA Library materials, reference services and online periodical databases through TNET
  • Reduced rates for membership in ATA specialist councils
  • Opportunities to serve on your local's executive and, in turn, to attend the annual Student Local Conference that the ATA organizes each fall to help members perform their executive functions
  • Lower rates at participating Alberta hotels

What Other Services Does the ATA Provide to Students?Top of page

In addition to organizing and maintaining 11 student locals, the ATA regularly arranges for members of staff to speak to university classes on such topics as the rights, roles and professional obligations of teachers. The ATA also arranges for guest speakers to make presentations at education events organized by, or of interest to, students.

How Can I Find Out More?Top of page

General questions about student locals should be addressed to Member Services:
E-mail: ms@ata.ab.ca
Phone: 780-447-9400 (Edmonton); 1-800-232-7208 elsewhere in the province.

For a list of staff assigned to the various locals, look under "Student Locals" in the Index to Staff Services.

MS-August 26, 2011