Make a Difference in YOUR Professional Association: Be a Leader!

Apply for a position on the Board of Directors or to be a Student Representative to the Representative Assembly.

Thank you for your interest in serving in a leadership position for the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) as either a member of the Board of Directors or as a Student Representative to the Representative Assembly

The Nominations Standing Committee (NSC) is seeking candidates who are open-minded, creative, strategic thinkers with excellent communication, problem-solving and decision-making skills. Visionary, articulate people with passion, creativity and commitment!

DEADLINE: The official online application must be completed, and supporting documents be received, no later than 3:00 pm EST, May 15, 2017.

Board of Directors Positions

President Elect: 

Applicants must have served on the Board of Directors or have equivalent leadership experience within other areas of the Council, in similar organizations/associations, and/or in major administrative roles to be considered for this position.

Each slated candidate for President Elect will make 2 short video clips (with the assistance of CEC staff), each of approximately 2 minutes in length, which will be posted to CEC’s website.  Read more. 

Member-at-Large, Classroom Ranks (1 position): 

Persons who provide direct educational services to exceptional children and youth (infancy through transition).

NOTE: At the time of election and throughout the term of office, the individual must be a current practitioner (persons who primarily provide direct educational services to exceptional children and youth [infancy through transition].). If at any time during the term of office, the elected individual no longer meets this definition, he or she must resign from the Board of Directors.

Member-at-Large, Diverse Ethnic and Multicultural Groups (1 position): 

Any member of the Council belonging to a group that, because of racial or ethnic origin, constitutes a distinctive and recognizable entity in our society, e.g., American Indian, Alaskan Native or First Nations; Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander; Black or African American; Hispanic, Latino/a or Spanish. For 2017, preference will be given to Asian/Pacific Islander candidates. Applicants for this position should have demonstrated knowledge and/or experience with the Council and its various activities.

Member-at-Large, Non-Designated (3 positions):

Any member of the Council, including those members who could file for any designated position. Applicants for this position should have demonstrated knowledge and/or experience with the Council and its various activities.

How to apply for the Board of Directors: 

Student Representative to the Representative Assembly

Candidates slated for election as one of two Student Representatives to the Representative Assembly are selected by the CEC Student Committee and elected by the Student members.  All candidates must be CEC Student members. Before you apply, please review the candidate information and preview application. 

To apply for the Student RA position:

  • Preview the application.
  • Prepare your application responses in advance.  The official online application allows for ONE-TIME ACCESS ONLY.  You should plan to copy your responses and paste them into the application form.
  • Complete the official online Student Rep to the RA application by 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, May 15, 2017.
  • Upload two letters of recommendation, a resume/vita and a digital photo by 3:00 pm EST on May 15, 2017.
  • Contact Jennifer Bullock with any questions. 


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