Preparation Program Recognition

In 2002, CEC made clear its expectation that preparation programs, whether traditional or alternative, should demonstrate their alignment with CEC preparation standards through submission to a CEC performance-based review. Over the past 15 years, CEC has reviewed almost 3,000 preparation programs from over 1,100 Institutions with an overall program recognition rate of 75%. For further performance information view CEC Program Review Performance 1998 2012 .

CEC Professional Program Recognition in CAEP Partnership

For the majority of its program recognition work, CEC partners with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) . Both CEC and CAEP view the foundation of a strong profession as a shared body of specialized knowledge and skill based on research, and public confidence that professionals are prepared to practice. CAEP is built on the premise that strong professions depend upon “collective organization” and that accrediting bodies in the “mature professions” have played a catalytic role as the repositories of the consensus about the professions’ specialized knowledge and skill.

Preparation programs professionally recognized by CEC

The Two year Transition

In accord with NCATE/CAEP policy, the approval of the CEC Preparation Standards in December 2012 begins a 2 year transition i.e. spring and fall 2013 and spring and fall 2014, during which preparation program faculty may choose to use the "old" CEC Content Standards or the "new" CEC Preparation Standards. This means that all program reports submitted in the spring of 2015 and thereafter must align to the "revised" CEC Preparation Standards.  

This also means no Option C reports will be accepted until programs have been recognized with an Option A program report under the revised CEC Preparation Standards. 

CEC Initial and Advanced Preparation Standards 

CEC Initial and Advanced Specialty Sets

While the seven initial and advanced CEC Preparation Standards with the major elements describe the specialized knowledge and skill to practice safely and effectively at initial and advanced levels, CEC uses the specialized content, issues, vocabulary, interventions, settings, etc. of specialty sets to inform the CEC Preparation Standards. So all special education preparation programs will use either the initial or advanced CEC Preparation Standards as informed by the appropriate specailty set. For guidance on selecting the appropriate specialty set for a preparation program, see Initial and Advanced Specialty Sets Flowchart.

CEC Program Reviewer Resources

CEC Program Developer Resources

CEC Program Recognition FAQ 11 26 2012

Professional Program Recognition Directly with CEC

In the United States as well as in other regions of the world, special education preparation programs may directly seek a review of their program from CEC and have CEC grant recognition of the program.