At OCEA, we believe your membership is more than just protection when things get rocky. We strive to support you in your position and help you grow to your fullest potential. We represent you and the passion you bring to the classroom every day. And we provide a community where you can feel appreciated for your dedication and hard work. Our strength is in our numbers, but you’re the key to a brighter future for everyone!
Community & Connections
Being a member of the OCEA is more than just local connections. You’ll become part of the national network for The American Federation of Teachers (AFT), The National Education Association (NEA), and The Florida Education Association (FEA). These organizations are working hard on your behalf to improve school conditions and propel us to a better future.
We believe building a safe environment is essential for learning and growing in our field. We understand teaching students and working in schools can be challenging environments. We know the joy you feel when you connect with the students, and the lesson goes as planned. OCEA wants you to feel supported and protected and to know you have a network of educators behind you.
Educators Employment Liability Program
$1,000,000 Professional Liability Policy is provided to each member with no exclusions.
Grievance representation is provided to members whose contractual rights have been violated. Your dues cover you! The legal services are available at no charge should your job be in jeopardy.
Attorney Referral Program
Each OCEA member is entitled to two free consultation sessions of up to 30 minutes each on any non-work-related topic (except income tax preparation) during the year.
Members of OCEA receive free professional development courses in ESE, General Knowledge, CPR, First Aid, Classroom Management, and much more.
OCEA has available full-time staff members who are trained to assist you. Whether it’s a friendly chat or professional advice, we have a network of members with unique talents and skills to help.
OCEA provides free tax preparation for our first-year members.
Voice and Representation
Representing and championing our members is at the core of OCEA’s mission. We’re here to elevate the working standards for all our members, and we’re here to listen and voice your concerns. A strong union works for you, and our strength is in our numbers.
A contract that guarantees the rights of teachers and ESPs regarding salary and working conditions is negotiated by OCEA on behalf of Osceola County teachers and support staff.
Legislative and Political Action
An active bi-partisan lobbying program is pursued at the local and state levels.
OCEA strives to promote Education Support Professionals’ and teachers’ issues within the community. We’re members of both the Kissimmee and St. Cloud Chambers of Commerce. We also sponsor The School-Related Employee of the year annually for the School District.