In advocating on behalf of children with exceptionalities, CEC examines policy issues, develops appropriate responses to those issues and influences local, state, provincial and federal legislation. CEC also monitors and makes recommendations for program regulations and funding. In addition, CEC maintains a network among its state units and special interest divisions for influencing policy.
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 22,000 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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You’ll find professional development offerings to meet the needs of all special educators – including those of you who are time-crunched, cost-conscious or in need of CEUs in order to meet state obligations. Please join us and invite others to engage the potential!
CEC publishes and distributes products designed to help practitioners work more effectively in the classroom. Learn more about CEC's publications and journals.
Special Education Topics includes information about the different exceptionality areas; international special education; hot topics in special education; and professional practice topics such as assessment, evidence-based practices and inclusion.
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Discover how the Life Centered Education transition curriculum can enhance your school’s outcomes.
Watch a video series produced in collaboration with WebsEdge/Education for the CEC 2019 Special Education Convention & Expo.
Learn more about CEC's State of the Special Education Profession Survey Report, a groundbreaking survey of more than 1,460 special education teachers.
In partnership with CEEDAR, CEC has developed and published a set of High Leverage Practices (HLPs) for special educators and teacher candidates.