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Membership FAQ


What is my member number?

Your member number is the six digit number located above your name on your NCTE mailings.

You can also log in to the website and visit the My Account section. Your membership number is listed on the “My Contact Info” tab. 

How can I log in to the NCTE website?

If this is your first time logging in, your default username is your member number and your default password is your last name. The password is case sensitive, so make sure to type in your name as it appears on your membership card. 

I can’t remember my username and/or password. How can I log in to the site?

If you can’t recall your username or password, you can have this information sent to you by providing the email address you’ve used with NCTE. Visit our forgotten usernames and passwords page

How long does my membership last?

Annual membership in NCTE is anniversary-date based starting from the date your membership is processed and continuing for the next 364 days.

What is the cost of membership?

NCTE offers four different types of membership for professionals in all stages of their careers.



How to join



Use our online form to join online, call customer service (877-369-6283), or download a form to mail or fax.



Use our online form to join online, call customer service (877-369-6283), or download a form to mail or fax.



For retired professionals who have been NCTE members for 15 or more years. Call customer service (877-369-6283), or download a form to mail or fax.



Call customer service (877-369-6283), or download a form to mail or fax.

 NCTE does not offer Institutional memberships at this time, however we do offer institutional journal subscriptions.

What are the benefits of becoming an NCTE member?

By becoming a member, you help support NCTE’s mission, and you also receive several exclusive benefits:

How do I join NCTE? 

You can join online as an individual or student member by using our online form. You can also call customer service at 877-369-6283, or print a membership form (Individual, Student, Emeritus, Lifetime) to fax to 217-328-9645, or mail to

Customer Service
1111 West Kenyon Road
Urbana, IL 61801

What is a green membership?

Individual and student members may opt for a green membership when they join. Green members receive all NCTE communication by email only, and any journal subscriptions are online only. Besides doing their part for the environment, green members save $5 off the regular subscription price.

Will I receive my renewal invoice in the mail or by email?

You will receive a renewal invoice in the mail 3 months prior to your membership expiration date. We’ll also send follow-ups by e-mail and mail.

Can I set up my membership to automatically renew?

Yes, NCTE offers an auto-renew program. You can select this option when you register or renew, or can add it at any time during your membership. For more information visit the Automatic Renewal FAQ

How do I access my journals online?

You can access your journals by logging in with your username and password. Help is available if you have never logged into the site or can’t remember your username and password

Can I switch my journal subscription to a different NCTE journal?

You can. Please fill out the Contact NCTE form or call customer service at 877-369-6283.

What methods of payment do you accept?

NCTE accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, check, money order, or purchase order as payment.  Unfortunately, we do not accept American Express at this time. Purchase orders can be faxed to 217-328-9645 or mailed to

Customer Service
1111 West Kenyon Road
Urbana, IL 61801

How can I change my membership type or my contact information? 

Currently, our online renewal system does not allow you to make changes during the renewal process. If you would like to renew and make the changes by phone, please contact customer service at 877-369-6283. If you are mailing in your renewal form, please make any changes directly on the form.  At any other time during your membership, you may contact customer service to make changes to your information. 

How do I renew online?

Visit the Renewal page in the NCTE Online Store (you will be asked to login). You can also click on the pink "Renew " button in the upper right (it is shown to the right for reference).  If you don't see the button, fill out the Contact NCTE Form or call customer service at 877-369-6283.

How soon will I receive my membership card?

You should receive a welcome email with a digital version of your membership card within a week. Your printed membership card will arrive three to four weeks after your membership is processed. Green members will not receive a printed membership card. If you have not received your membership card by the fourth week or would like to request a replacement card, simply fill out the Contact NCTE form or call customer service at 877-369-6283.

To access online resources:

  • If you joined online, please use the six-digit user ID you were given and your last name as the password.
  • If you joined through a method other than online, please contact NCTE Customer Service to request your username by phone at 877-369-6283, or online through the Contact NCTE Form.

Can an institution be a member of NCTE?

Currently membership in NCTE is only available to individuals.  Institutions can however subscribe to our journals.  Pricing information can be obtained by contacting NCTE Customer Service by phone at 877-369-6283 or online through the Contact NCTE Form.

How do I get an order confirmation?

If you ordered online, an email containing your invoice will be sent as soon as you place your order. You can request a order confirmation by contacting NCTE Customer Service by phone at 877-369-6283, by fax at 217-328-9645, or online through the Contact NCTE Form.

Can I change my username and password?

Yes, simply log into the website and click on "My Account" in the top, right of the screen.

Please make sure to enter an alphanumeric combination for both your username and password, and please avoid using any special characters when creating your username and password. 

As a teacher educator, how can I introduce my preservice teachers to NCTE and its available resources?

Participate in the Student/Instructor Program to receive membership information, highlights of resources, and sample journals to share with your students.


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