CEC Member Benefits

CEC is the leading voice for special and gifted education. Through the vision and dedication of more than 29,000 members, CEC sets the standard for high quality education for children and youth with exceptionalities. 

Join CEC and get the professional development, resources and peer-to-peer support you need to meet today's new challenges in special and gifted education with confidence and make a difference for children and youth with disabilities and gifts and talents.

Cutting-Edge Journals

TEACHING Exceptional Children — actionable and useful articles to teach and administer programs for children with disabilities and/or gifts and talents (6 issues/year).

Exceptional Children — original research on the education and development of children with disabilities and/or gifts and talents in practical terms that you can bring into your classroom (4 issues/year).

Books and Resources

CEC's publications cover the entire agenda of social, legal and educational issues of children with exceptionalities. Members receive up to a 30% discount!

Professional Development

CEC's continuing education programs, including the CEC Annual Convention & Expo, provide access to the most current information and resources in special education. 

Advocacy and Support

CEC advocates for the rights of children and youth with exceptionalities, as well as the special needs of the educators who serve them. CEC is a major voice in halls of Congress, the White House and the U.S. Department of Education. No other organization is more active — or more effective.

Special Interest Divisions

Join one or more of the 17 CEC special interest divisions to tailor your participation to your particular area(s) of expertise. Each division publishes journals and newsletters, sponsors professional development activities, facilitates advocacy initiatives on issues that directly affect your practice and interests, and provides unique networking opportunities to bring you closer with experts and your professional peers.

Peer Networking and Leadership Opportunities

CEC provides a wide range of opportunities for members to serve in leadership positions at the local, state/provincial and international levels with 56 state and provincial units and 17 special-interest divisions.

CEC's new, online CECommunity provides member with the ability to connect directly with your peers and colleagues around the world.

CEC Career Center

Register your resume, view special and gifted education job postings, and apply for jobs — all on CEC's online job board, the only job board devoted exclusively to special and gifted education.

Savings on Insurance

CEC members are eligible for favorable group pricing on term life, home & auto and professional liability insurance plans from leading insurance carriers through the CEC Member Insurance Program. See complete details and apply online, or call 1-800-821-7303.

Join CEC today or download a membership application

Need More Information?
For additional information on the member benefits listed above, contact CEC's Customer Service Center at 888-232-7733, TTY 866-915-5000, or service@cec.sped.org. Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.