CEC's Special Interest Divisions

Divisions bring together CEC members based on their professional role, practice setting or interest in a specific exceptionality.

Reasons to Belong:

  • Exchange ideas
  • Advance research
  • Affect policy and advocate
  • Collaborate and network
  • Advance your career
  • Promote expertise and excellence
  • Hone your leadership skills


  • Journals
  • Conferences
  • Workshops
  • Newsletters
  • Mentoring
  • Position papers
  • Mini-grants

NOTE: Offerings vary by division.

Become more deeply involved in your profession and take advantage of the benefits of participating in as many divisions as interest you. Join today.

Only CEC Members are eligible to join the divisions.

Already a member? Call our customer service team at 1-888-232-7733 to join a division.

Not a member? You can join CEC online and join divisions at the same time.

Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE)

CASE promotes professional leadership and provides special education administrators with opportunities for personal and professional advancement. Members receive the Journal of Special Education Leadership and the In CASE newsletter.

Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD)

CCBD promotes the education and welfare of children and youth with behavioral and emotional disorders. Members receive Behavioral Disorders, Beyond Behavior magazine, and the CCBD Newsletter.

Complex and Chronic Conditions: The Division for Physical, Health and Multiple Disabilities (CCC)

CCC advocates for quality education for individuals with physical disabilities, multiple disabilities, and special health care needs served in schools, hospitals, or home settings. Members receive Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Services and the CCC Newsletter.

Division for Research (CEC-DR)

CEC-DR is devoted to the advancement of research related to the education of individuals with disabilities and/or who are gifted. Members receive the Journal of Special Education and CEC-DR Focus on Research newsletter.

CEC Pioneers Division (CEC-PD)

CEC-PD supports CEC's programs and activities. Membership in CEC-PD is open to anyone who has been a member of CEC for fifteen (15) years or more. Members receive the Pioneers Press newsletter. The CEC-PD Membership Directory is available to CEC-PD members upon request.

Council for Educational Diagnostic Services (CEDS)

CEDS ensures the highest quality of diagnostic and prescriptive procedures involved in the education of individuals with disabilities and/or who are gifted. Members receive Assessment for Effective Intervention and the CEDS Communique newsletter.

Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD)

DADD is committed to enhancing the quality of life of individuals, especially children and youth, with autism, intellectual disabilities and other developmental disabilities. Members receive Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, and DADD Express Newsletter.

Division of Visual and Performing Arts Education (DARTS)

DARTS focuses on arts education for students with disabilities. DARTS is also the first division to focus on collaboration between art, music, drama, and dance/movement educators and special educators. A goal of DARTS is to bring together professionals who recognize that arts education reaches and teaches to our students’ strengths.

The Division for Communication, Language, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DCD)

DCD focuses on improving the education of children with communicative disabilities or who are deaf or hard of hearing. Members receive Communication Disorders Quarterly.

Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT)

DCDT focuses on the career development of individuals with disabilities and/or who are gifted and their transition from school to adult life. Members receive Career Development for Exceptional Individuals and the DCDT Network newsletter.

Division for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners (DDEL)

DDEL advances educational opportunities for culturally and linguistically diverse learners with disabilities and/or who are gifted, their families, and the professionals who serve them. Members receive Multiple Voices for Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners and the DDEL Newsletter.

Division for Early Childhood (DEC)

DEC is an organization designed for individuals who work with or on behalf of children with special needs, birth through age 8, and their families. Members receive the Journal of Early Intervention and Young Exceptional Children magazine.

Division of International Special Education and Services (DISES)

DISES focuses on special education programs and services in other countries. Members receive the Journal of International Special Needs Education and the DISES Newsletter.

Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD)

DLD works to improve services, research, and legislation for individuals with learning disabilities. Members receive Learning Disabilities Research and Practice and DLD Times Newsletter.

Division on Visual Impairments and Deafblindness (DVIDB)

DVIDB advances the education of children and youth who have visual impairments or deafblindness that impedes their educational progress. Members receive the Visual Impairment and Deafblind Education Quarterly.

Innovations in Special Education Technology Division (ISET)

ISET addresses the need, availability and effective use of technology and media for individuals with disabilities and/or who are gifted. Members receive the Journal of Special Education Technology and the ISET Connector newsletter.

The Association for the Gifted (TAG)

TAG delivers information to both professionals and parents about gifted and talented children and their needs. Members receive the Journal for the Education of the Gifted and the TAG Update newsletter.

Teacher Education Division (TED)

TED emphasizes the preparation and continuing professional development of effective professionals in special education and related service fields. Members receive Teacher Education and Special Education and the TEDLines newsletter.