CEC’s Timeless Core Ideology

Core Ideology

Core ideology describes an organization’s consistent identity that transcends all changes related to its relevant environment. Core ideology consists of three notions: core purpose, mission, and core values. Core purpose describes the organization’s reason for being. The mission describes who we are, what we do, and how we do it. Core values are the enduring principles that guide the behavior of the organization.

Core Purpose

To improve the success of individuals with exceptionalities.

Mission Statement

The Council for Exceptional Children is a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities. We accomplish our mission through advocacy, standards, and professional development.

Core Values


Demonstrated by forward-thinking and courageous decision making dedicated to excellence and influence in an evolving environment


Demonstrated by ethical, responsive behavior, transparency, and accountability


Demonstrated by a commitment to diversity, caring, and respect for the dignity and worth of all individuals

Ratified December 8, 2014, by the Council for Exceptional Children Board of Directors.