CEC Awards and Programs
At the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), we know special educators rarely receive the overwhelming appreciation they deserve.
From groundbreaking research to exemplary teaching practices, our award programs are a chance to celebrate the educators—and students—who are making a difference in special education.
Nominations for CEC’s 2024 Professional Awards are now closed.
Our Professional Awards recognize special educators who have advanced the field and the quality of special education service, as well as CEC members whose contributions have moved the Council forward in significant ways.
Yes I Can Awards
The Yes I Can Awards recognize the accomplishments of children and youth with exceptionalities (ages 3-21) in six categories: Academics, Arts, School and Community Activities, Self-Advocacy, Technology, and Transition.
Our Student Awards recognize CEC student members who have made outstanding contributions to the organization and to children with exceptionalities.
Emerging Special Educators of Color Leadership Travel Award
CEC invites CEC members to submit an application for the Emerging Special Educators of Color Leadership Travel Awards to attend the annual convention.
The CEC Impact Award
The CEC Impact Award recognizes an individual or community/corporate organization that has had an impact on CEC’s strategic work.
CEC’s Diversity Leadership Academy
The Diversity Leadership Academy is a substantive professional development program established for special education professionals who share a commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the field of special education.