Student Council For Exceptional Children



Clover Elementary Picnic Play Day

SCEC visited PSJA Clover Elementary for a Picnic Play Day with the children. Learn more about the Picnic Play Day.

Graduate Hooding Ceremony

SCEC hosted a spring 2014 graduates hooding ceremony at the Borderlands room in the College of Education on May 4, 2014. Learn more about the ceremony.

Online Masters in Special Education (M.Ed.) in Texas

If you are looking for one of the top graduate programs in special education, you need to check out the UTPA Masters of Education in Special Education. Our program can be completed in 18 months and our online masters options make it flexible enough to fit into the busiest schedules. Apply now by visiting our main website:

Including All Students Professional Development

Learn about the practice of embedded interventions to help all children participate in a variety of classroom activities. What are ready-to-use strategies for working with children with disabilities? Experience what it is like to be a special education student in a general education classroom and learn how to create positive collaboration with parents. All this and more! on June 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM to 11:30 in EDUC 3.204.
Click on this link to download the PowerPoint presentation.
Click on this link to download the True or False Questions.
Click on this link to download the 9 Types of Curriculum Adaptations.
Click on this link to download the Awareness+Attitude=Success.
Click on this link to download the Welcome to Holland.

Fundraiser 2013 - Photo Gallery

The SCEC organization runs a fundraiser (lunch sale) at the College of Education Complex on April 25, 2013.

Special Olympics 2013 - Photo Gallery

View the SCEC students' at the 2013 Special Olympics.

Friendship Dance 2013 - Photo Gallery

View the SCEC students' at the friendship dance on February 22, 2013.

Painting Rocks - Photo Gallery

View the SCEC students' creativity, during a council meeting on April 24, 2013.

Autism Awareness Day

Lisa Becerra gives a presentation to elementary school students about Autism.

Adopt-a-School Spring 2013 - Photo Gallery

View the SCEC students' community work in an adopted school in Mexico, during the spring 2013 semester.

UTPA Friendship Dance 2013

UTPA's Health and Kinesiology Club, along with the Student Council for Exceptional Children, hosted the annual Valentine's Day/ Friendship Dance on February 22, 2013.  

Special Olympics - Fox 2 News interviews Dr. Lowdermilk

Fox 2 News interviews Dr. John Lowdermilk from the College of Education, Educational Psychology department about the Special Olympics held in the Rio Grande Valley, which provide a year-round sports trainings and competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Adopt a school Fall 2012

SCES donates supplies to school.

What is Autism?

What is Autism? Autism is a developmental disorder that appears in the first 3 years of life, and affects the brain's normal development of social and communication skills.

2012 Workstudy Success Profile Award

UTPA Workstudy of the Year Awards 2012 was held on April 11th to honor nominated study workers for their service. Mrs. Julie Pecina received the 2012 Workstudy Success Profile Award. She shared her experiences as a study worker, which allowed her to work on campus with a flexible schedule and focus on receiving her degree. She is currently the coordinator for the Undergraduate Special Education program at the College of Education.

Dr. Fedrica Berardo's Visit

Dr. Fedrica Berardo visited the University of Texas-Pan American between November 1st through the 16th to collaborate her research  and share her dissertation with the UTPA students Free Operant and Discrete Trial Instruction: Efficacy and Efficiency. She is a faculty member at the University of Parma (Italy) under the College of Psychology and a supervisor for the TICE Learning Center.

Valentine's Day/Friendship Dance

The Valentine's/Friendship Dance was held in Spring 2012 at UTPA.  Over 400 people attended the 4th annual dance from local school districts for students of all abilities; sponsored by the H+K (health and kinesiology club) and co-sponsored by SCEC, Student Council for Exceptional Children.

SPI Presentation Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying Presentation by: Dr. John Lowdermilk & Mrs. Julie Pecina.

Fall 2011 Dance Festival

Click below to see a 5 minute video of our  FALL 2011 DANCE that we organized for our friends from C.A.M.P. University.

Fall 2011 Trip to Special Education School in Nuevo Progresso

Click below to see a 3 minute video of our trip to a special education school on Texas/Mexico Border in Nuevo Progresso, Mexico. SCEC has been providing supplies and other assistance to the school since its opening.

Valentine's Day Dance

The Valentine's Dance was held in the spring; A valentine's dance (3rd annual in 2011)  where local school districts are invited to utpa for a dance for students of all abilities; sponsored by the H+K (health and kinesiology club) and co-sponsored by SCEC, Student Council for Exceptional Children.

Parent Forum

Parent Forum held last spring. Parents of students with special needs were invited to speak about their experiences; 3 of the 4 speakers were SCEC members-Cristina Adame (member), Gloria Martinez (scec VP), Rosalinda Trevino (member), and Mr. Hancock (friend of scec).

SCEC, Student Council for Exceptional Children, was spotlighted for the community service we do, specifically for special Olympics; interviews with scec members, and scec advisor.

Channel 5 News Report

Sandra Quintanilla reports on how the UTPA student organization helps at a Rio Grande Valley Special Olympics community event.


Our awards

1. Charlotte Lewis Award- given to the student chapter with most representation at Texas Council for Exceptional Children (TCEC) state conference. 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005

2. Outstanding Volunteer Award- local by RGV Special Olympics- 2003

3. Outstanding Service from a Civic or Service Organization- (state) Texas Special Olympics 2006

4.Outstanding Service- local award from Miracle Kids of South Texas (Miracle League)