Special Interest Divisions
About CEC’s Special Interest Divisions
Expand your professional network, exchange knowledge, and advance your career through the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)’s Special Interest Divisions. Our Divisions create the pathways you need to grow your career through conferences, workshops, journals, and more. Whether you’re an administrator, educator, or support professional, we’ve got a place for you.
Access to Divisions is one of the most rewarding benefits of being a CEC member.* These focused groups bring together CEC members based on their professional interests, role, practice setting or focus in a specific exceptionality. Divisions give you access to a specialized network of peers, advanced research, additional journals, and the opportunity to dive deeply into educational areas that reflect your dedicated interests towards helping students with exceptionalities. NOTE: Offerings vary by Division.
Become more deeply involved in your profession and take advantage of the benefits of participating in as many Divisions as interest you.
*Only CEC Members are eligible to join the Divisions.
Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE)
CASE is an international professional educational organization of members dedicated to the enhancement of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of each individual in society. The mission of the Council of Administrators of Special Education is to provide leadership and support to members by shaping policies and practices that impact the quality of education.
Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD)
CCBD promotes the education and welfare of children and youth with behavioral and emotional disorders. Members receive Behavioral Disorders, Beyond Behavior magazine, and the CCBD Newsletter.
Complex and Chronic Conditions: The Division for Physical, Health and Multiple Disabilities (CCC)
CCC advocates for quality education for individuals with physical disabilities, multiple disabilities, and special health care needs served in schools, hospitals, or home settings. Members receive Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Services and the CCC Newsletter.
Division for Research (CEC-DR)
CEC-DR is devoted to the advancement of research related to the education of individuals with disabilities and/or who are gifted. DR’s goal includes the promotion of equal partnership with practitioners in designing, conducting, and interpreting research in special education. Members receive the Journal of Special Education and Focus on Research Newsletter.
CEC Pioneers Division (CEC-PD)
CEC-PD supports CEC's programs and activities. Membership in CEC-PD is open to anyone who has been a member of CEC for fifteen (15) years or more. Members receive the Pioneers Press Newsletter. The CEC-PD Membership Directory is available to CEC-PD members upon request.
Council for Educational Diagnostic Services (CEDS)
CEDS is an international community of assessment professionals who are the voice and vision of special and gifted education. CEDS’s mission is to improve, through excellence and advocacy, the assessment of children and youth with exceptionalities and to enhance engagement of their families.
Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD)
DADD is an organization composed of people committed to enhancing the quality of life of children, youth, and adults with autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disability, and/or other developmental disabilities. Members receive Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, and DADD Express Newsletter.
Division of Visual and Performing Arts Education (DARTS)
DARTS focuses on arts education for students with disabilities. DARTS is also the first division to focus on collaboration between art, music, drama, and dance/movement educators and special educators. A goal of DARTS is to bring together professionals who recognize that arts education reaches and teaches to our students’ strengths.
Division for Communication, Language, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DCD)
DCD focuses on improving the education of children with communicative disabilities or who are deaf or hard of hearing. Members receive Communication Disorders Quarterly.
Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT)
DCDT focuses on the career development of individuals with disabilities and/or who are gifted and their transition from school to adult life. Members receive Career Development for Exceptional Individuals and the DCDT Network Newsletter.
Division for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners (DDEL)
DDEL advances educational opportunities for culturally and linguistically diverse learners with disabilities and/or who are gifted, their families, and the professionals who serve them. Members receive Multiple Voices for Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners and the DDEL Newsletter.
Division for Early Childhood (DEC)
From federal policy issues to critical resource needs in early intervention and early childhood special Education, DEC responds! We welcome family members as well as any discipline that serves young children (0-8) with disabilities and their families. Make CEC/DEC your professional home (or second home)! And invite a friend!
Division of International Special Education and Services (DISES)
DISES focuses on special education programs and services in other countries. Members receive the Journal of International Special Needs Education and the DISES Newsletter.
Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD)
Supported primarily by volunteers, DLD works to improve services, research, and legislation for individuals with learning disabilities. DLD strives to serve its members through a variety of activities that include publications (Learning Disabilities Research & Practice and DLD New Times), an annual conference, grants and awards, and more.
Division on Visual Impairments and Deafblindness (DVIDB)
DVIDB advances the education of children and youth who have visual impairments or deafblindness that impedes their educational progress. Members receive the Visual Impairment and Deafblind Education Quarterly.
Innovations in Special Education Technology Division (ISET)
ISET addresses the need, availability, and effective use of technology to support the learning of all students. Members receive the Journal of Special Education Technology, and have access to the Practice Portal and Tech in Action videos.
The Association for the Gifted (TAG)
TAG delivers information to both professionals and parents about gifted and talented children and their needs. Members receive the Journal for the Education of the Gifted and the TAG Update Newsletter.
Teacher Education Division (TED)
TED emphasizes the preparation and continuing professional development of effective professionals in special education and related service fields. Members receive Teacher Education and Special Education and the TEDLines Newsletter.