How to Organize a New CEC Chapter or Reactivate an Inactive Chapter


1. Contact the CEC president in your state/provincial unit to find out what requirements you’ll need to meet to become officially recognized. There is a list of the state/provincial presidents on the CEC website at Please note that recognition of your chapter comes from your CEC state/provincial unit – not CEC Headquarters.

Student chapters should also check with the student activities office to find out the requirements you’ll need to meet to be a recognized organization at your college/university. Download the " Creating or Reactivating a CEC Student Chapter" toolkit.

2. Schedule a meeting, and invite everyone who might be interested! At this meeting, appoint or elect officers, establish committees, and sign up new members.

Depending on the requirements of your state/provincial CEC unit, you’ll need at least 10-15 members. These can be both new members and transfers from other chapters. For new members, you’ll need to send their membership application and payment to CEC or encourage them to join online on the CEC website (; for current CEC members who want to be assigned to your chapter, complete the membership transfer form.

Student memberships are significantly discounted and include Student Educator Professional Liability Insurance at no additional cost. Contact Member Services at (888) 232-7733 or to join or renew as a student studying to be a special education professional.

3. Complete and and submit materials.

a) Submit these materials to your CEC state/provincial unit:

b) Submit these materials to CEC:

  • Membership applications and payments from new members
  • Membership transfer form (after the state/provincial unit notifies CEC that they have officially recognized your chapter, CEC will assign a chapter number and move these members into the new chapter)

That’s all there is to it! Your CEC state/provincial unit will contact you if they have any questions and will notify you when your chapter has been officially recognized. If you are forming a new chapter, they will also notify you when your chapter number has been assigned.

Questions? Please contact your CEC state/provincial unit. For general information and CEC membership materials, contact CEC at 888.232.7733 or e-mail If you're starting a Student Chapter, you can download the "Creating or Reactivating a CEC Student Chapter" toolkit here.

Note: Not all CEC State/Provincial Units use this model. Please obtain and follow the model Constitution and Bylaws approved by your CEC state/provincial unit.