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The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) would not exist without the hundreds of volunteers that power our engines every day. Every volunteer is valued, enriches the organization, makes us more diverse and inclusive, and helps us advance our mission.

CEC has a variety of ways to get involved locally and nationally, and through short- and long-term projects. Read more about volunteer opportunities below, but to get started, complete your volunteer profile. We will make your profile available to Units and Divisions and contact you when projects align with your interests and skills.

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Unit, Division, CEC International Opportunities

CEC is organized with several components that all need volunteers:

  • Units – CEC has units in most U.S. states and Canadian provinces. These local organizations coordinate training and networking opportunities, and each has its own leadership board. Volunteering with your Unit is an easy way to make connections and put your skills to use making an impact in your very own backyard.
  • Divisions – There are 18 special interest Divisions at CEC, each geared toward an area of work or role within special education. These are international organizations affiliated within CEC and are perfect for growing your skills with like-minded members. Divisions require many volunteers for both short- and long-term opportunities.
  • CEC International – CEC is led by a Board of Directors, many of whom have made their way through the ranks of Division and Unit leaders. However, helping keep CEC running are an abundance of short- and long-term volunteers who may spend a couple of hours on a project, such as reviewing proposals for a convention, or several hours per month serving on a committee or fulfilling a larger role.

Questions about volunteering? Contact Sharon Rodriguez, Director of Governance and Executive Services.

Apply for a CEC Committee

Applications are new being accepted for the following committees:

  • Finance and Audit Standing Committee
  • Policy Steering Committee
  • Professional Standards and Practice Committee
  • Yes I Can Committee

Learn More

Board of Directors

The Board is the sole governing body of CEC and has the authority to determine annually the number of board members necessary to fulfill the mission of the organization. Applications are accepted annually (typically beginning in mid-March).


CEC has two types of committees: standing and advisory. Applications for committees are accepted at various times throughout the year based on the committee’s operating cycle.


Workgroups are established as needed by the Board of Directors to complete a specific charge within a designated period of time. Workgroup members have knowledge, experience, and expertise in a particular area of strategic importance to CEC.


“Volunteering has opened me up to the wider world of special education outside of the classroom. In my five years as a CEC member and volunteer, I have learned so much about more about the field, expanded my professional network and career options, and met the most amazing teachers who have helped shaped the work I do today. Because of this, I have a reinvigorated appreciation and love for special education and the exceptional students we serve.”

Belkis Choiseul-Praslin
Student and Early Career Committee Member

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