As the recognized leader for special education professional standards, CEC develops standards, ethics and practices and guidelines to ensure that individuals with exceptionalities have access to well-prepared, career-oriented special educators.
Through the vision and dedication of more than 30,000 members, CEC sets the standard for high quality education for children and youth with exceptionalities. And, CEC is known as THE source for information, resources and professional development for special educators.
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Professionally, the term “evidence-based practice” is used both as a noun and as a verb. As a noun an evidence-based practice is an intervention that is based in science. As a verb evidence-based practice is the disposition of a practitioner to base the selection of their interventions in science.
While government policies and CEC’s own professional ethics call on special educators to use evidence-based practices in their classrooms, the special education field is only now developing criteria for classifying practices. As the trusted voice in special education, CEC is taking a leading role in defining criteria for classifying special education practices. These criteria will be available in 2013.
Additionally, CEC will continue to provide professional development on how to improve practitioners’ evidence-based practice.
Qualitative Studies in Special Education PDF
* Published in Exceptional Children Vol 71-2 (Winter, 2005).