ADEA represents the dental education community. Its members include all 76 U.S. and Canadian dental schools, over 800 allied and advanced dental education programs, 66 corporations and more than 20,000 individuals. Since its founding in 1923, ADEA has cultivated relationships with and been a valued resource for faculty, staff, students and leaders of predoctoral, allied, and advanced dental education.
As The Voice of Dental Education, ADEA’s mission is to lead institutions and individuals in the dental education community to address contemporary issues influencing education, research adn teh delivery of oral health care for the overall health and safety of the public.
ADEA’s activities encompass a wide range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings, and communications such as the esteemed Journal of Dental Education, as well as the dental education application services ADEA AADSAS®, ADEA PASS®, ADEA DHCAS, and ADEA CAAPID®.
ADEA fosters faculty and leadership development and networking for those at all stages of dental education careers, notably through the ADEA Leadership Institute and the ADEA Allied Dental Faculty Leadership Development Program, as well as through online learning, webinars, awards and fellowships and conferences such as the ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition.
In addition, ADEA encourages students from diverse backgrounds to learn more about careers in the dental professions through such programs as ExploreHealthCareers.org®, GoDental.org®, the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program, the ADEAGies Foundation/AADR Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program, and the ADEA Minority Dental Faculty Development Program.
Dental education is a broad and varied field that prepares people for careers as general dentists, specialists (such as orthodontists, periodontists, and endodontists), dental hygienists, dental assistants, and dental laboratory technicians.
In the United States and Canada, a dental professional must graduate with a degree from an accredited academic dental institution. It is from these institutions that ADEA derives its membership.