CEC Professional Standards

In 1922 the founders of CEC embraced professional standards and ethics for the field of special education. As the recognized leader for special education professional standards, CEC develops standards, ethics and practices and guidelines to assure that individuals with exceptionalities have well-prepared, career-oriented special educators. CEC collaborates with other professional organizations to ensure that all educators have a robust professional working environment and are well-prepared to support the learning of individuals with exceptionalities.

What Every Special Educator Must KnowWhat Every Special Educator Must Know, known as The Red Book, details the ethics and standards for special education preparation and practice, outlining the critical knowledge and skill sets for every special education professional. The 7th edition is available now!


New! Standards for Professional Preparation

The CEC Special Education Preparation Standards are the specialized knowledge and skills that provide the foundation of professional preparation and that influence licensure. The standards provide benchmarks to states, provinces, and nations for program accreditation, entry-level licensure, professional practice, and continuing professional growth.


Ethical Principles & Practice Standards

As professionals serving individuals with exceptionalities, special educators have a special purpose endowed by the community and recognized by a professional credential. As such, special educators have a responsibility to be guided by their Ethical Principles and Professional Practice Standards.


Paraeducator Preparation Standards

Special education paraeducators have become an essential member of the special education team. The CEC Paraeducator Development Standards ensure paraeducator programs address validated knowledge and skills.


Evidence-based Practices Resources

CEC Evidence-based Practice Studies are systematic analyses of the research on a practice to determine the quality of the evidence so that practicing special educators have a trusted source of reliable information.