State Initiatives

Professional Development for Early Career Special Educators


The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)’s state partnerships allow school leaders to directly improve teacher retention by investing in our most important resource – our educators – with a complete professional support package from CEC.

Special Educators entering the field are enthusiastic, motivated, and eager to take on any challenge. Those challenges take their toll and we see too many educators leave their profession.

Administrators know first-hand how special educator shortages impact our schools, our staff, and our students. Now, you want solutions. Join other State Departments of Education who have enjoyed deep discounts by partnering with CEC to give the special educators in their state the support they need.

Here’s what’s included:

SupportSupport and Membership at Deep Discounts

CEC membership for every educator you register will give them access to global, local and state-wide resources, events and professional networks of practitioners for career support.

Critical_DataCritical Data

Find out what your teachers need to succeed. Partner with CEC to capture demographic, satisfaction, professional needs and training priority data.


Specially selected for your state’s professionals and subscriptions to TEACHING Exceptional Children journal. Plus, hundreds more at discount prices in our catalog.

Online_CommunityOnline Community

24/7 real-time peer-to-peer support from CEC’s online community of special education professionals.

Professional_DevelopmentProfessional Development

Curated professional development provided by CEC’s renowned Subject matter experts. PDHs available.