CEC's Mission Statement

The Council for Exceptional Children is a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities. We accomplish our mission through advocacy, standards, and professional development.

Our Core Values


Demonstrated by forward-thinking and courageous decision making dedicated to excellence and influence in an evolving environment


Demonstrated by ethical, responsive behavior, transparency, and accountability


Demonstrated by a commitment to diversity, caring, and respect for the dignity and worth of all individuals

Ratified December 8, 2014, by the Council for Exceptional Children Board of Directors.