Categories & Dues


AWSP offers four membership types. The dues information is included on the membership application forms.

Active Membership

Open to principals, assistant principals and others employed in professional work related to the elementary, middle level or high school principalship.

Membership automatically includes:

  • Membership in one of the state component (grade-level) groups: ESPAW, AWMLP or WASSP.
  • Membership in one of the national affiliates: National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) or National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
  • Liability and legal benefits as specified in respective national membership materials.
Join: Active membership application | PDF

Associate Membership

Open to central office personnel, teachers, college professors/instructors and others who are employed in the educational field other than the principalship. Does not include legal benefits.

National membership options include:
  • AWSP Associate & NAESP or NASSP Active: Full membership in the National Association of Elementary School Principals or the National Association of Secondary School Principals including liability and legal benefits.
Join: Associate membership application | PDF

Intern Membership

Open to those who are pursuing a career in administration and are working to obtain their principal credentials. Does not include legal benefits. Individuals are eligible to retain an Intern Membership for four years after completing an internship program. If you have not obtained an administration position by that time, your membership will be renewed as an Associate Member.

National membership options include:
  • AWSP Intern & NAESP or NASSP: Active NAESP or NASSP membership includes liability and legal benefits. 
  • NAESP Aspiring or NASSP Associate memberships do not include legal/liability benefits.
Join: Intern membership application | PDF

Emeritus Membership

Open to former AWSP members who are no longer employed full-time in education. Basic Emeritus includes all publications and full access to AWSP's website. Active Emeritus includes eligibility for service on committees and short-term projects or programs.

National membership options include:
  • NAESP Basic Retired: Open to former NAESP Active members who are no longer employed full-time in education. Does not include legal or liability benefits nor voting privileges or the right to hold office.
  • NAESP Full Emeritus: Open to former NAESP Active members who are no longer employed full-time in education and does includes all benefits, liability coverage and voting privileges.
  • NASSP Full Service Retired: Open to former NASSP Active members who are no longer employed full-time in education and includes all benefits as well as liability coverage for prior incidents.
Join: Emeritus membership application | PDF


For More Information

Annalee Braley | Membership Services Support | 800.562.6100