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Become a Volunteer

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Volunteering Matters!

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The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) leads the field of special education in advocacy, standards, and professional learning and practice because of our amazing volunteers. Every volunteer is valued, enriches the organization, makes us more diverse and inclusive, and brings us one step closer to achieving our mission.

Who can volunteer? 

If you are a CEC member, you can volunteer! We encourage ALL members to deepen your engagement with CEC and your professional association of peers. 

What volunteer opportunities are available? 

There are about 20 positions available annually with CEC Headquarters’ board and committees. Current volunteer leadership opportunities are listed at the bottom of this page and announced via Special Education TODAY, email, and social media. Many more opportunities exist with our Units and Special Interest Divisions.

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. Standing committees, established by the bylaws, are permanent and fundamental to the governance and/or operation of CEC. Advisory committees perform a specific service or function. 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.

Apply for a CEC Committee

There are currently no opens calls for applications for any CEC committees.

Volunteer with a Unit or Division

Many opportunities exist within CEC’s Units and Special Interest Divisions. Find your Unit or Special Interest Division’s contact information to explore the many interesting and rewarding volunteer opportunities available either locally or in your area(s) of interest.

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

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