The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) offers in-person professional learning opportunities for special educators, early interventionists, administrators, and related service providers committed to supporting and improving outcomes for youth with exceptionalities.
We use a variety of learning formats so you have options – not only in what you learn, but how you learn it. Our in-person trainings are designed to help practitioners translate research to practice with effective strategies that improve student outcomes.
At CEC, you’ll find professional development offerings to meet the needs of all special educators – including those of you who are time-crunched, cost-conscious, or in need of Professional Development Hours (PDHs) in order to meet state obligations.
Presenter Interest Form
Are you interested in presenting for CEC's professional development programs, webinars, eLearning courses or contract trainings? Tell us about yourself and your areas of expertise using this form and you will be included in our directory for potential presentation opportunities!
If you are interested in presenting a session, workshop or keynote at the CEC Annual Convention & Expo, you can learn more about when the Call for Proposals will open at this link.
Learning events hosted by CEC, with topics and strategies to keep you at the top of your game.
Custom Training from CEC
Let CEC design a curated training program to meet your specific learning goals for a team at your state, district or school.
CEC Convention & Expo
Each year at the CEC Convention & Expo, thousands of special education professionals from around the world come together to learn, share, grow, and connect.
In-Person Learning FAQs
Professional Development Hours (PDHs) are available for most in-person events, including the CEC Convention & Expo. Information on the number of PDHs available at each event can be found in the event description. Learn more about PDHs here.
Yes! We love having colleagues or teams attend learning events together. You can register multiple individuals for the same event through CEC Member Services at email@example.com or 888-232-7733. The rate for each individual registrant will depend on CEC membership status.
Most event registrations paid or promised by check, credit card, or purchase order are subject to the following:
30 days or more out
Cancellations will be accepted in writing, which you can email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to 3100 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 600, Arlington, VA 22201. A $50 cancellation fee will be deducted from all registration totals over $150, and a $20 cancellation fee will be deducted from registrations up to $150.
Within 30 days
No refunds are available.
Substitutions are always accepted; email email@example.com for more information. Transfers from student members to non-student members and members to non-members may have an additional fee.
Additional cancellation policies may apply to the CEC Convention & Expo. Please check the convention page for more information.
All attendees of in-person events agree to comply with the CEC Event Rules and Conditions, including all rules in the event information and future correspondence.