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Check Out the Newest Programs Who Earned National Recognition from CEC (Fall 2023)

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National Recognition from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is a designation granted by CEC that is earned by programs that have demonstrated meeting the rigorous CEC Standards for the preparation of special education professionals. Programs may seek CEC National Recognition only if they are also engaged in pursuing CAEP Accreditation. Programs use their National Recognition status as evidence for CAEP Accreditation to demonstrate that its candidates have the content knowledge of the specialty area they will be licensed to practice.  

Educator preparation programs who wish to demonstrate program quality but are not engaged in CAEP Accreditation, such as programs in states that do not require CAEP, smaller programs, and private universities, should consider pursuing accreditation directly from CEC. CEC Accreditation is an exclusive opportunity for special education programs to seek accreditation directly from the definitive leader of professional preparation standards for special educators.  

The following programs earned National Recognition from the Council for Exceptional Children during the Fall 2023 report cycle: 

Urban Teachers ECE Special Education

Urban Teachers Special Education

City Teaching Alliance (formerly Urban Teachers) (MD) 

Special Education

Special Education B- Age 8

Coastal Carolina University (SC)

Special Education

Duquesne University (PA) 

Special Ed for Children with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities

George Washington University (DC)

Master’s in Special Education Grades PK-12: 3-8

Master’s in Special Education Grades PK-12

Indiana University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Special Education K-12

Special Education EI/ECSE

Manhattanville University (NY)

PreSchool Special Needs

Marshall University (WV)

Director of Special Education

Northern Illinois University (IL)

Dual/Initial Special Education – Graduate

Special Education - Undergraduate

St. John Fisher University (NY)

Special Education (LD)

University of South Carolina Upstate (SC)

Dual Licensure: Special Education, Mild Intervention K-12

Vincennes University (IN)

M.A. Teaching Special Education

B.A. Special Education (Mild to Moderate)

Western Governors University (UT)

Special Education Multi-categorical (BS)

Special Education Multi-categorical (MAT)

Winthrop University (SC)


A full listing of Nationally Recognized programs can be found on CAEP’s website. For additional questions or information related to CEC’s standards, accreditation, or national recognition processes, please contact Brad Duncan, Director of Standards and Accreditation, at

Posted:  18 March, 2024

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