Benefits of Membership

Liability Insurance Coverage

PSTA membership provides a $3,000,000 professional educator’s liability insurance package, offering a broad well-constructed and cost-effective insurance contract.

Members are covered for any situation associated with professional activities. Coverage also includes school nurses and coaches. Teachers, aides, para-professionals are covered for any accident which may happen at school, on the playground, or on a field trip.

Legal Assistance

PSTA enlists the help of attorneys across the state who are experts in the field of education law.  Membership covers your legal fees up front, with no out of pocket cost to you.

Scholarship Fund

PSTA offers the Dr. Elizabeth Gressette Professional Development Scholarship Fund to PSTA members who are continuing their education. DEADLINE for application 12-20-2017. Call 803-256-2065 or email to request an application.

Scholarship fund requirements:

  • These monies cannot be applied to course taken only to meet recertification requirements.
  • No member may receive the scholarship two consecutive years.
  • Must have been a member of PSTA for three years to apply.

Call the PSTA office, 803-256-2065, for application forms.

Legislative Representation

PSTA is represented before all state bodies and agencies responsible for education. PSTA is represented at meetings of the Senate and House Education committees. PSTA’s legislative efforts have played a significant role in establishing education reform in South Carolina.

Statewide Representation

Members of PSTA serve on Advisory Committees for the State Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and the Legislature.


PSTA publishes CHOICE, the association newsletter 6 times each year.  Those who are interested in receiving information about upcoming education legislation may also subscribe to the Legislative Alert Network and receive alerts via email.

Local and Student Chapters

Members are encouraged to participate in local chapters, which provide a grassroots network for PSTA.  Student chapters have been organized at several colleges and universities, such as the University of South Carolina, Lander University, Presbyterian College, Clemson, and Winthrop University.

Money Saving Benefits


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University (GCU). In keeping with the University’s long-standing tradition of providing excellent educational programs, we are excited to offer you the

Palmetto State Teachers Association Partnership Discount. This discount is only valid for applicants who are members of the Palmetto State Teachers Association.

By committing to start your Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree program, Grand Canyon University will offer you a 10% discount off the catalog tuition rate for the remainder of your program.

Contact for the member verification form to attach to your application.


PSTA is happy to announce the addition of online courses available at discount rates to PSTA members through CaseNex for either graduate credit or certificate renewal credit.

The following two courses will lead to an Endorsement in Gifted and Talented in South Carolina.

1. Introduction to the Gifted and Talented

These courses have been customized with South Carolina regulations and Best Practices in conjunction with the South Carolina Department of Education.  For information and registration, click here:


Walden University discounts!

PSTA has partnered with Walden University to offer PSTA members 10% off tuition and a waiver of the application fee. Email for more information.


PSTA offers the PERKS card, a discount card for hotels, restaurants, and other services. These benefits are available nationwide by using a card or a mobile app. Click here for more information. 

Orlando Discounts


PSTA members can enjoy an array of benefits in and around Orlando, Florida.  This includes Disney World Tickets, Universal Studios, Medieval Times, and Sea World.

Visit for a complete list of attractions.  Email for the password to purchase tickets.


Click on the link to access information about discounts available on Medieval Times tickets. 

Discount on AAA Membership  alt

AAA offers a discounted rate for new members through PSTA. Click here for more information.


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REAP (Real Estate Advantage Program)

This program offers cash rebates to PSTA members who buy or sell real estate.

Please contact Cindy Rectenwald 800.673.9357

Vehicle Buying Service

The Car Connection is a vehicle buying service that can help you locate your next new or used vehicle at the best possible price, with no car dealer contact, no haggling – and at no cost for the service! Call The Car connection toll-free at 1-800-292-2422 or visit their website at

We also offer the Cars-At-Work program.  This service helps you locate a car and complete the paperwork from your home or school.  Henry Adams, the Cars-At-Work Program Director will be happy to assist you.  Contact him at  (office) 803 799 1234 or  (cell)    803 543-4646.  His email address is  

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