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100 Years of Leading Special Education

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is celebrating its 100th year of supporting students with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. 

CEC 2023 Convention & Expo

Best rates apply though October 26

Teacher’s Lounge: Real Talk with Real Friends August 17th


Jumpstart the School Year: JumpStart for New Special Educators



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Whether you're starting out in the field, serving students in classrooms, training the next generation of educators, or administrating special education programs, there's a CEC membership that's right for you.


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Find your professional community through the CECommunity All-Member Forum, an exclusive online space where members come together to share real-world answers, resources, and support.  


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Did you know our website's "Explore" feature allows you to access all our resources on key topics? Check out what we offer to find the strategies, answers, and resources you need.

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CEC Accreditation
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CEC and AOTA Partnership Webinars
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CEC's Strategic Plan 2022-2026
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TEACHING Exceptional Children Journal Transitioning Students Issue (Volume 53, Issue 5)
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Irrefutable Influence: The Impact of School Culture on Student Intervention Success

Call for Editors for CEC’s Flagship Journals

The Publications Committee of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) has opened nominations for...

Notice of Proposed Amendments to CEC’s Bylaws

The board will consist of no fewer than 12 16 members and no more than 15, including the four...

Board of Directors Call for Applications Open 

Applications are now being accepted for the CEC Board of Directors. As announced previously in...

National Teacher Hall of Fame Class of 2022

The Council for Exceptional Children is thrilled to congratulate special education teacher Kareem...

Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD) Teaching Video Series

Calling all teacher members of the Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD). We are hosting a...

Division for Communication, Language, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DCD) TODHH Critical Resource Position Paper Updated

It is the position of the Division for Communication, Language, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing of the...

Teacher's Lounge: Real Talk with Real Friends

Join either (or both!) of our lounges! Click the time below to sign up for that session. 6:00-7:00...
08/17/2022 - 08/17/2022
08/17/2022 - 08/17/2022

IDCDT & ICEC Chapter #336 Annual Event Membership Drive at Top Golf

We hope that you can attend our FREE casual networking opportunity for members within our chapter...
Schaumburg, Illinois 60196
09/22/2022 - 09/22/2022

JumpStart Program for New & Early-Career Special Educators

CEC’s popular JumpStart Program for New and Early-Career Special Educators is back and better than...
September 23 - 30, 2023
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Biden-Harris Administration Announces Funding to Address Youth Mental Health; Seeks Qualified Peer Reviewers

To address the youth mental health crisis, the Biden-Harris administration has begun new funding...

OSERS Proposes Pathway to Competitive Integrative Employment

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)...

Office for Civil Rights Releases Safeguarding Students’ Civil Rights

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released its annual report to the Secretary of Education, the...

CEC Learning Library

The CEC Learning Library is our on-demand professional learning library of webinars, courses, and...

May 2022 President's Message from Dr. Danielle Kovach

It is so hard to believe the 2021-2022 school year is coming to a close. The last few weeks of...


The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)’s committees are responsible for advising the Board of...

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A Principal's Guide to Special Education

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The Survival Guide for New Special Education Teachers

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