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 27,000 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.
Join as a new member
Renew your membership
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!
CEC publishes and distributes products designed to help practitioners work more effectively in the classroom. Learn more about CEC's publications and journals.
Special Education Topics includes information about the different exceptionality areas; international special education; hot topics in special education; and professional practice topics such as assessment, evidence-based practices and inclusion.
I Educate I Participate - 2016 Election Resources
Approaching the November 8, 2016 election, as citizens it is our civic responsibility to vote. As special educators, it is our job to promote civic responsibility with the needs of children and youth with exceptionalities in mind. Use the I Educate I Participate: 2016 Presidential Election Voter Education Guide and check out the CEC Legislative Action Center's brand new GOTV (Get Out to Vote) webpage for more election information.
CEC’s Response to NPRM on Disproportionality
CEC’s response to the U.S. Department of Education Notice for Proposal Rulemaking in the Federal Register on March 2, 2016, regarding determinations of significant disproportionality based on race and the ethnicity in the identification, placement, and discipline of children with disabilities.
CEC Releases Fiscal Year 2017 Education Appropriations Issue Brief
CEC's 2017 Education Appropriations Issue Brief provides budgetary recommendations for funding programs for the United States' seven million children with disabilities and/or giftedness. The Issue Brief is designed to explain to lawmakers and their staff the critical need for funding programs for children with disabilities and/or giftedness.
CEC’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Chart
Learn about Federal funding for special and gifted education programs including CEC’s recommendations and past funding levels. Fiscal Year Appropriations Chart 2017