A Worthy Club for Education and Special Education Majors
Here at the University, The Council for Exceptional Children works to improve the educational successes of children and youth with disabilities, gifts or talents.
Kate Muller, President of the Council for Exceptional Children, said, “We plan events that involve interacting and engaging with special needs students, visit other schools or facilities to help out with their events, and also attend lectures and workshops about individuals with special needs.”
The main goal of the CEC throughout the school year is to obtain as many opportunities as possible to work with individuals with disabilities. The club meets to discuss future event plans once a month on a Wednesday at 3:30 pm in McAllan Hall.
CEC has paired up mostly with the Harbor School in Eatontown to host some of their events and work with disabled individuals. They hope to soon work with The Shore Center for Students with Autism in Tinton Falls.
Other e-board members include senior education majors Leah Russo and Aly Yager. Yager said, “CEC works hard for the individuals with disabilities. It is something every member feels very dedicated about. We like that we give Monmouth students the opportunity to make a difference in these individuals’ lives. We encourage anyone who is interested to come to the meetings or join the mailing list. It is one of those experiences you would never regret and be thankful you joined.”
Carol McArthur-Amedeo, lecturer of Educational Leadership, School Counseling, and Special Education, and Stacy Lauderdale, Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, advise the club.
CEC has about 50 active members attending meetings and working on the events that are put together throughout the year.
The CEC has multiple events coming up within the next week. On Wednesday, February 13, there will be a general member meeting at 3:30 pm in room 125 in McAllan Hall.
Later that day, CEC will be attending a Behavior Lecture at The Shore Center for Students with Autism given by Dr. Vincent Carbone from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Dr. Carbone is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral with over 35 years of experience designing learning environments for persons with autism and development disabilities, according to Carboneclinic.com.
On February 14, the club will be hosting a Valentine’s Day Dance at Harbor School with disabled students from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Active general member, Kristine Lee, senior, said, “I love being a part of CEC. It works perfectly with my schedule, looks great on my resume, and is one of the more rewarding groups I have been a part of while at Monmouth.”
Muller said, “It is a great club to be a part of and to help boost your resume. It would mostly benefit education or special education majors, but all majors are welcome. It is not demanding, yet very rewarding. The events give you experiences to refer to on a job interview. This club also introduces you to administration and staff at the local schools and facilities geared towards individuals with special needs.”
For anyone looking to get involved with The Council for Exceptional Children, contact Kate Muller at s0751689@monmouth. edu to be added to the mailing list for meeting information. Students can also join the “MU CEC Club” group on Facebook to receive quick updates.