The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children and youth with exceptionalities. Through the dedication of its members, CEC sets the standard for high-quality education and special education practice through advocacy, standards, and professional development. Since 1922, CEC has been known as the leading source for evidence-based resources and information to help special education professionals meet the individualized needs of their students and address challenges today.

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University and College Professors - Faculty members who plan to use CEC materials in their classroom (journal articles, resources, recorded webinars, etc.) can request a heavily reduced membership rate for students in their classes so they can have access to those materials. Learn more.


CEC Divisions

Special Interest Divisions focus on issues, trends and research in 18 specific areas, and providing members with with professional development, resources to improve practice and leadership opportunities.

CEC State/Provincial Units

A State/Provincial Unit is an organization of all CEC members within a U.S. state or Canadian province, providing a means for networking, professional development and information-sharing for members.