AADE is for you.

AADE is for diabetes educators who understand the priceless advantages of a strong, unified community.

Join more than 14,000 AADE members who already know that the value of staying connected to the best practice and patient care resources is worth far more than the cost of membership.

Join us today by completing the online form.

Prefer to join by mail or fax? Download and complete our membership application.


A sense of belonging.

It’s an amazing feeling when you’ve found your place in the world. It’s even better when you are among peers who feel the same way.

Members of the American Association of Diabetes Educators are part of a special family—a family of accomplished professionals who collaborate to advance diabetes education. They understand the unique challenges of the field. They celebrate shared triumphs. And they learn from each other in meaningful ways unmatched by other professional associations.

AADE members embrace the same passion: providing the best diabetes education to every patient, every day. You are an advocate and a champion for people with diabetes. Together, we stand stronger.

AADE is your community. This is where you belong.


We belong together.

Professionals dedicated to helping people manage diabetes belong here at AADE. Our community includes:

  • Nurses
  • Dietitians
  • Pharmacists
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Clinical nurse specialists
  • Physicians
  • PAs
  • Allied health professionals
  • Podiatrists
  • Exercise physiologists
  • Social workers
  • Public health specialists
  • Students

“AADE is the only organization that is focused on helping diabetes educators be better educators. It is a total resource for me and my patients.”

Claire M. Blum, MS Ed, RN, CDE, CHWC
Member since 2000


Make a difference.

Join AADE and be a part of the only multidisciplinary association devoted exclusively to meeting the needs of healthcare professionals who provide diabetes self-management education.

Just like you, AADE members want to discover more, share experiences and get involved in advancing their practice—all while making new connections. No other organization empowers diabetes educators to make a difference in the care of people who have, are affected by or are at risk for diabetes.

Network and Connect with Peers

  • Attend the AADE Annual Conference at discounted member rates and exchange ideas with thousands of other diabetes educators from across the nation.
  • Enjoy free membership in your State Coordinating Body and Local Networking Group, where you can participate in education, networking and other events.
  • Access information and collaborate with peers through AADE’s members-only social network, MY AADE NETWORK, offering more than 17 topic-specific Communities of Interest. COIs include Advanced Practice, Cultural Diversity, Diabetes Technology, Inpatient Management, Pediatric and Camp Educators, Pharmacy, Pregnancy/Reproductive Health, Veterans Affairs, and more.

Enhance Patient Care

  • Obtain patient education and practice resources, including downloadable patient tip sheets, teaching tools and practice guidelines.
  • Receive advice and guidance from a reimbursement expert.

Deepen Your Expertise

  • Gain knowledge and skills with online courses, webinars, certificate programs and more. Topics include: Guiding Patients to Successful Self-Management, Facilitating Behavior Change, Insulin Pump Therapy, Diabetes and Mental Health, Building Your Diabetes Education and Prevention Program, Sustaining Your DSME Program, Practical Spanish for Diabetes Educators, and more.
  • Dive into the latest research and peer-reviewed articles with your free member subscriptions to: The Diabetes Educator journal, AADE in Practice magazine and eFYI newsletter.

Advance Your Career

  • Gain exposure with a free listing in the Find a Diabetes Educator online referral source.
  • Help foster change and engage in advocacy efforts at the federal and state levels.
  • Serve on the board, on national committees and on leadership teams for Communities of Interest, State Coordinating Bodies and Local Networking Groups.
  • Elevate your experience with a multitude of AADE volunteer opportunities including important roles as content reviewers, auditors and developers. Volunteers also contribute by blogging, writing articles, presenting educational topics, and much more.

Your savings.

  • Access more than 20 hours of free CE (a $630 value)
  • Receive discounts on webinars, online courses, publications and in-person meetings
  • Save $200 on Annual Conference registration
  • Enjoy free membership in your State Coordinating Body and Local Networking Group
  • Save on insurance, car rentals, Capella University tuition and more

“AADE provides great perspective and professional support. It’s where I draw inspiration and learn ways to keep my practice fresh!”

Debra Gross, MS, RD, CDN, CDE
Member since 2003


Diabetes Educator's Guide

To learn more about AADE's many offerings and opportunities, download our Diabetes Educator's Guide.

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