CEC Releases Two New Sets of Standards
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) released two sets of CEC Standards for special educator preparation programs in July 2020. These standards establish a vision for what professionals do in practice to deliver effective instruction that improves the learning of children and youth with disabilities.
Both of these Practice-Based Professional Preparation Program Standards are designed for candidates in their first special education preparation program. These programs may be at the bachelor’s, post-baccalaureate, or master’s level.
The standards include:
- 2020 Initial Practice-Based Professional Preparation Standards for Special Educators (Initial K-12 Standards)
This 2020 revision of the Initial K-12 Standards contains similar content categories of to those of the 2012 standards, the seven standard statements and the 23 component statements of the 2020 standards differ from the 2012 K-12 Standards. The focus of these standards has been narrowed to focus on preparing educators who will be working with students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.
- Initial Practice-Based Professional Preparation Standards for Early Interventionists/Early Childhood Special Educators (EI/ECSE)
The EI/ECSE Standards represent the first Standards to focus specifically on the preparation of early interventionists and early childhood special educators who work with young children ages birth through eight who have or are at-risk for developmental delays and disabilities and their families, across home, classroom and community settings. These Standards build on the history of EI/ECSE as an integrative but unique field of study, policy, research, and practice and emphasize the unique skills and knowledge required for specialization in working with young children and their families.
CEC has submitted these standards to CAEP for inclusion in the SPA Program Review Process. Pending CAEP’s acceptance, they will become optional for use for reports submitted in spring 2021 and required in spring 2023 for use in the SPA Program Review Process