Student Locals

What Are Student Locals?

Student locals are subgroups that the ATA maintains for the purpose of delivering services to education students. The ATA operates 14 student locals, each affiliated with a university or college offering a program leading to a degree in education.

What Are the Benefits of Belonging to a Student Local?

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

Receipt of various ATA publications, including the ATA News and the ATA Magazine that provide 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

FREE membership in all ATA specialist councils

Receive preferred rates at the following:

  • City of Edmonton Recreation Centres - Enroll in the Corporate Wellness Program—bring proof of employment (ID card or pay stub) and receive a 15–20% discount.
  • Eddie Bauer - 15% discount with valid teacher ID (in store only)
  • Glass Bookshop - 15% off every purchase—place an order using your school board email address and use the promo code TEACHER15
  • Mastermind Toys - 10% discount, with valid teacher ID, on top quality educational toys, learning aids and books
  • Michaels - 15% discount
  • Staples - Teacher Appreciation e-mail program
  • Eyecon - 20% discount on glasses; corporate value card sign-up program for additional savings
  • Telus World of Science - 25% discount off annual membership

Membership in a professional organization

Advice and consultation on professional matters

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.

Student Local Conference

The ATA holds an annual Student Local Conference every fall at Barnett House in Edmonton. Up to five representatives from your student local (usually incoming executive members) are entitled to attend.

More information on the 2022 fall conference will be made available in early August 2022.

What Other Services Does the ATA Provide to Students?

In addition to organizing and maintaining 14 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. To book a workshop or presentation for your students, click here.

Student Locals

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How Do I Join a Student Local?

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.

Check out the video tutorial on how to create your online ATA Student Membership. 
This video tutorial shows you how to renew your online ATA Student Membership if you were a member last year.

How Can I Find Out More?

General questions about student locals should be addressed to Teacher Employment Services:
E-mail: tes@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.

Student Locals 

Student Locals (French)