As the recognized leader for special education professional standards, CEC develops standards, ethics and practices and guidelines to ensure that individuals with exceptionalities have access to well-prepared, career-oriented special educators.
Through the vision and dedication of more than 28,000 members, CEC sets the standard for high quality education for children and youth with exceptionalities. And, CEC is known as THE source for information, resources and professional development for special educators.
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You’ll find professional development offerings to meet the needs of all special educators – including those of you who are time-crunched, cost-conscious or in need of CEUs in order to meet state obligations. Please join us and invite others to engage the potential!
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IDEA Results-Driven Accountability
On June 24, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education unveiled its new initiative for students with disabilities – Results Driven Accountability. For the first time in IDEA’s near 40-year history, states were rated on how well they implement IDEA by combining compliance with student outcomes.
Differentiating Between Language Acquisition & Learning Disabilities with English Language Learners
CEC’s Policy on Physical Restraint and Seclusion
The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER), Exclusive Interview with New NCSER Commissioner Dr. Joan McLaughlin
Successful Transitions to College for Students with Disabilities
Understanding Underrepresentation in Gifted Education