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The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is your professional home as a special educator. It’s where you can ask questions and share ideas with other education professionals who understand your day-to-day realities. 

At CEC, you’ll find booksjournalswebinarsadvocacy, and events tailored to your professional needs. Whether that’s teaching children with exceptionalities, running a special education program, researching education topics, or training the next generation of special educators, CEC has your back. 

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Why Join CEC?

Whether you're a student teacher-candidate, an early career professional, a seasoned professional, training the next generation of educators, or administrating special education programs, we're here for you. With a broad range of benefits to supplement your professional development, we have the tools and resources you need to support you from college to retirement.

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“It means a lot to me because it’s just an added support. It’s like an added way of gaining the sixth sense of knowledge for this wonderful population of students that I work with. And it just means a lot that I get to continue to grow my knowledge and expand on working with students with special needs.”

- Theresa Garfield, CEC Member since 2011

CEC Membership Benefits

Professional development you can trust:

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Protection for your practice and your profession:


For a limited time, join CEC as a Full Member for just $99!


For the Early Career category, use code EC99. For Professional category, use code PRO99. 


Offer valid from 09/01/2020 to 12/31/2020 for new members only; renewals are ineligible for this offer. Available for Early Career and Professional categories and Full Membership only; student memberships are not eligible. Additional discounts do not apply. For questions and/or additional information, contact CEC Member Services at or call 1-888-232-7733. 


Membership Categories

Select the membership category that’s right for you!

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Current undergraduate or graduate students who have not yet worked as a professional. Student membership is not available to those professionals seeking additional degrees or certifications. Student memberships include a Student Educator Professional Liability Insurance policy for up to $1 million of coverage (eligibility requirements apply.) 

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Special or general education professionals with three or fewer years of professional experience. All new professionals are welcome — classroom, itinerant, resource teachers, support personnel, researchers, faculty members, administrators, and others.  

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Special or general education professionals with more than three years of professional experience and interested parties. All are welcome — classroom, itinerant, resource teachers, support personnel, researchers, faculty; administrators, family members, retired professionals, and others. 

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