Springfield Education Association is a local association consisting of approximately 1200 educators and educational support professionals from Springfield Public Schools District 186. SEA is an affiliate of Illinois Education Association (IEA) and the National Education Association (NEA).

The purpose of SEA is to promote the general welfare of the membership, provide and maintain a professional staff of superior quality, provide effective channels of communications in all matters affecting the profession, strive for an educational system that seeks to meet the educational needs of all persons, encourage educators to exercise their rights and privileges as citizens and to accept leadership in civic affairs, and provide leadership and coordination in the efforts of the membership in the attainment and maintenance of a comprehensive matters agreement.

SEA is governed by an Executive Board that consists of the following elected positions: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Minority Representatives, Elementary Representatives, ESP Representatives, Middle School Representative, High School Representative, and the Regional Council Chair. The following positions are also on the Executive Board, but are appointed positions: Bargaining Chair, Grievance Chair, Legislative Chair, New Member Involvement Chairs, Professional Development Chair, Public Relations Chair, Special Education Concerns Chair, Springfield Political Action for Education (S-PACE) Chair, and a Vice-President for Special Projects. SEA is further supported by chairs for the following groups: elections, scholarship, Sick Bank, socials, and a webmaster.

SEA is also supported by two IEA Staff members: a UniServe Director and a UniServ Assistant.