CEC Member Benefits

Join the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and share in the richness of the CEC experience. Get the training, resources, and peer-to-peer support you need to meet today's new challenges in special education with confidence and make a difference for children with disabilities and gifts and talents.  You will benefit from:

Cutting-Edge Journals

  • TEACHING Exceptional Children — actionable and useful articles to teach and administer programs for children with disabilities and/or gifts and talents (6 issues per year).
  • Exceptional Children — original research on the education and development of children with disabilities and/or gifts and talents in practical terms that you can bring into your classroom (4 issues per year).

Books and Resources
CEC's publications cover the entire agenda of social, legal, and educational issues of children with exceptionalities. Members receive up to 30% discount!

Professional Development
CEC's continuing education programs, including the CEC Annual Convention & Expo, provide access to the most current information and resources in special education. 

Advocacy and Support
CEC advocates for the rights of children and youth with exceptionalities, as well as the special needs of the educators who serve them. CEC is a major voice in Congress, the courts, and the U.S. Department of Education. No other organization is more active — or more effective.

Special Interest Divisions
Join one or more of the 17 CEC special interest divisions to tailor your participation to your particular area(s) of expertise. Each division publishes journals and newsletters, sponsors professional development activities, facilitates advocacy initiatives on issues that directly affect your practice and interests, and provides unique networking opportunities to bring you closer with experts and your professional peers.

Peer Networking and Leadership Opportunities
CEC provides a wide range of opportunities for members to serve in leadership positions at the local, state/provincial, and international levels with 56 state and provincial units and 17 special-interest divisions.  **Coming soon is the CEC Online Community and your ability to connect directly with your peers and colleagues around the world.

Online Career Center
Register your resume, view special education job postings, and apply for jobs — all on CEC's Online Job Board, the only job board devoted exclusively to special education.

Professional Liability, Health Insurance, Car Insurance and Identity Theft Insurance

As an additional benefit, CEC offers top-quality insurance policies to meet the growing needs our members have for primary and supplemenatal insurance--know that your families needs are covered!  Forrest T. Jones and Company, Inc. offers low rates to CEC members on these and other top-quality policies. Apply online or call 800-821-7303.

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Need More Information?
For additional information on the member benefits listed above, contact CEC's Customer Service Center at 888-232-7733, TTY 866-915-5000, or service@cec.sped.org. Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern Time.