For educators

As an optometric educator, you are responsible for shaping the future of the profession by teaching and being mentors. The AOA is here to support your dedication to optometry.

The AOA Faculty & Student Membership Liaisons have representation from each school and college of optometry. This group is here to keep you informed on issues that may affect the profession you are teaching. 

"The AOA allows one individual to be a part of something greater, ensuring that our professional lives and livelihood remain important and protected." 

-Janice McMahon, O.D., associate professor, Illinois College of Optometry; chair, AOA Faculty & Student Membership Liaisons

Classroom tools 

Whether you're looking for non-clinical business basics or ways to help your students learn more about the "business side" of optometry, we've got you covered. Here you'll find classroom tools designed to help your students be successful after graduation—and beyond. 

Visit AOAExcel ® and discover practice management rescources, including: 

  • Optometry's Career Center business opportunities.
  • Practice financing and insurance.
  • HIPAA compliance education.
  • Retirement savings solutions.
  • Credit card processing technology.

Residency resources

The Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) provides accreditation and residency resources, including

  • Professional Optometric Degree Programs.
  • Optometric Residency Programs.
  • Optometric Technician Programs.
  • Student Achievement Data.

AOA+ Leadership Society 

The AOA+ Leadership Society is a program for students who want to build leadership skills, advance their careers through networking, personal and professional development, and gain specialized education outside of the classroom. Enhance your resume by adding this academic achievement—membership in the 2020 AOA+ Leadership Society.

Stay tuned as 2021 AOA+ Leadership Society requirements will be posted soon.

For now,


We invite you to explore AOA educator resources and discover new classroom tools to help you. Also, we encourage your feedback. If you have any suggestions for new classroom tool content development, please contact Danette Miller

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