CEC is the leading voice for special and gifted education. Through the vision and dedication of more than 30,000 members, CEC sets the standard for high quality education for children and youth with exceptionalities. The Council ensures the needs of children and youth with exceptionalities are met in educational legislation, establishes professional standards for the field and develops initiatives to improve special education practice. And, CEC is known as THE source for information, resources and professional development for special educators.

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Benefits of Membership

CEC membership includes the professional development, resources and peer-to-peer support you need to meet today's new challenges in special education with confidence and make a difference for children and youth with exceptionalities.


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CEC Divisions

CEC’s Special Interest Divisions focus on issues, trends and research in 17 specific areas, and members are provided with professional development, resources to improve practice and leadership opportunities.

CEC State/Provincial Units

A unit is an organization of all CEC members within a state or Canadian Province, which provide a means for networking, professional development and information-sharing for members.