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Frequently Asked Questions

The Future Educators Association is an extracurricular program designed to provide middle school, high school, and college students with the opportunity to explore careers in education. Many adults recall Future Teachers of America (FTA) clubs in high schools when they were students. FEA is a refreshed and updated version of the same idea.
At the national and international level, FEA is sponsored by Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK) and has nearly 1,000 chapters located around the world. The international FEA office links these chapters together by hosting an annual conference, offering advisor training sessions, publishing monthly newsletters, and maintaining a website with updated information about what chapters are doing worldwide.
In California, FEA is a partnership Project Tomorrow. Project Tomorrow offers a program called YouthTEACH2Learn where students learn the basics of becoming a teacher and have a chance to give back to the community by implementing lessons at local schools and clubs.
FEA California offers support to California advisors through trainings and communications,hosts annual state conferences, and fields questions from advisors and anyone interested in learning more about FEA.
FEA is an important complement to a curricular education program. While these programs offer students a “curricular” means of getting a jump on their teacher preparation experience, FEA is an opportunity for those students to be connected to a larger network of students with similar interests and goals. It also serves as an extracurricular opportunity for those students who might not yet be eligible to enroll in an education course (e.g., freshmen and sophomores), who don’t have room in their schedules for the education elective, who’s school does not offer an education course, or who may not be sure enough that they are interested in teaching to commit to a course. FEA is a broader opportunity for more students and can serve as a feeder program to the education course. If your school does offer the education pathway, you may want to consider asking the education teacher to serve as the FEA advisor, since the two can be a great fit together. On top of that, FEA California offers great resources for future teachers and teachers alike such as an access to a well-organized data base of lesson plans.
The principal is encouraged to provide guidance in selecting a chapter advisor and promoting the success of the chapter. The principal is also encouraged to be as supportive as possible in approving field trips, fundraisers, etc., and in facilitating means for students to tutor, job shadow, practice teach, etc. The principal’s commitment to a chapter greatly affects its success. More information on the principal’s role in FEA can be found in the FEA Handbook for Chapter Advisors.
Selecting the best possible chapter advisor is critical to the success of the chapter. It is recommended that this person be a faculty member who is enthusiastic about the profession, a positive role model, and an exemplary leader. Teachers from your school, education classes or from YouthTEACH2Learn are great Chapter Advisor Candidates. More information on the chapter advisor’s role in FEA can be found in the FEA Handbook for Chapter Advisors.
The cost for a FEA California chapter is $12 per student plus a one-time charter fee of $125. As a state member, you are automatically enrolled as a national member. State and national affiliations make your chapter eligible for discounted registration prices at state and national conferences. Have your advisor register your group at www.futureeducators.org.
Step-by-step suggested procedures for generating interest and setting up a chapter are found in the FEA Handbook for Chapter Advisors. This handbook will guide you through the steps of getting started and provide you with a wealth of resources for running an active, viable chapter.
Click on "How to Start a Chapter" under "Chapters" in the Top navigation menu.