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Membership Benefits Overview

Membership with the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is tailored to your role within special education and where you are on your professional journey. We understand that our members have unique needs, and our memberships are crafted to meet you where you are.  

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Getting Started With Your CEC Membership View Section
Connecting With Others  View Section
Accessing Resources & Tools  View Section
Getting Your Professional Development Hours  View Section
Information and Research View Section
Policy and Advocacy  View Section
Standards and Accreditation  View Section
Your Membership Benefits At-A-Glance View Section

 

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From becoming a member to assisting with your membership, groups, event registrations and book orders, we’re here to help.

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Getting Started With Your CEC Membership

Activate your membership by setting up your username and password. You will need your member ID before completing this step. Please see your welcome email, which contains your member ID.

Setting up your login: 
  1. Visit https://info.exceptionalchildren.org/register 
  2. Beneath the box for your email, select Quick Activation by Contact ID. 
quick activation page
  1. Enter your information, including your member ID. 
  2. If you do not have your member ID, please contact Member Services. 
  3. On the next screen, enter your desired username and password. 
  4. NOTE: Do not use spaces in your username or password. 
  5. You should now be able to login. 

For questions, contact CEC Member Services at (888)232-7733, service@exceptionalchildren.org or use the chat feature in the bottom-right corner of our website. 

Setup your member profile to receive personalized content and information directly related to your professional interests.

 

For questions, contact CEC Member Services at (888)232-7733,  service@exceptionalchildren.org or use the chat feature in the bottom-right corner of our website. 

 

Want to know how to activate the value of your CEC membership?

 

Learn about your membership benefits, how to access them, ask questions, meet your peers and more! Schedule your onboarding webinar now.

 

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Connecting With Others

CECommunity and the All-Member Forum

The CECommunity, CEC’s online members-only forum, is where thousands of your special education colleagues are here for you 24/7. No question is too big or too small! 

Learn More

For questions, contact:
CEC Member Services
(888) 232-7733
service@exceptionalchildren.org
Chat live using the chat feature in the bottom-right corner. 

Local/Regional Units & Chapters 

Your Unit is here for you to connect with colleagues nearby, access local resources, engage in public policy efforts that impact your practice and your students directly, and attend local meet-ups and professional development events. 

Units

Student Chapters

For questions, contact:
Connect with your Unit leader. You can find their contact information here.  

For student chapters, contact:
Brannan Meyers
Director of Component Relations
bmeyers@exceptionalchildren.org  

Special Interest Divisions 

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. An additional fee is required. Some Divisions have a restriction. 

Learn More

For questions, contact:
Contact the President of the Division you wish to join. You can find their contact information here

Virtual and In-Person Events 

Learn and grow at your pace with virtual and in-person events from CEC. Explore the events for local, regional, national, and international events or learn on your own through the CEC Learning Library. 

Online Learning

In-Person Learning

To learn about professional development hours, click here

For questions, contact:
Online Learning: 
Brooke Massey
eLearning Manager
bmassey@exceptionalchildren.org 

In-Person Learning:
Megan Shea
Manager of Learning Logistics
mshea@exceptionalchildren.org

Volunteer Opportunities 

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) would not exist without the hundreds of volunteers that power our engines every day. Every volunteer is valued, enriches the organization, makes us more diverse and inclusive, and helps us advance our mission. CEC has a variety of ways for members to get involved locally and nationally, and through short- and long-term projects. 

Create Your Profile

For questions, contact:
Sharon Rodriguez
Director of Governance and Executive Services
srodriguez@exceptionalchildren.org  

 

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Visit the CEC Store 

You can find books, eBooks, laminated guides, specialty items, CEC swag, Graduation Honor Cords, and recent issues of the TEACHING Exceptional Children journal. CEC publications plus a wide range of curated publications from other publishers are all here. Be sure to check out our new and featured publications while you’re there! 

Don’t forget – members get discounts on purchases in the CEC Store!

Accessing Resources & Tools

Learning Library 

The CEC Learning Library has curated, on-demand courses you need to excel —in a platform that enables you to determine and reach your own learning goals. More learning opportunities are added to the Learning Library monthly. As a Full or Premier CEC Member, you can access all on-demand webinars, courses, workshops, and microlearning opportunities within the Learning Library, for free. 

Access Learning Library

For questions, contact:
Brooke Massey
eLearning Manager
bmassey@exceptionalchildren.org

Exceptional Teacher Resource Repository 

This database of resources is for CEC members to find peer-reviewed resources created by your fellow members that you can use in your own classroom, such as: videos, handouts, templates, instructional strategies, how-tos, etc. Everything is peer-reviewed by fellow teachers to ensure that we're highlighting not only exceptionally helpful resources, but the work of exceptional teachers. 

Access Repository

For questions, contact:
Shanna Takacs
eLearning Manager
stakacs@exceptionalchildren.org 

Student Resources 

Check out some curated resources below and find inspiration in the experienced words and videos from your graduate and pre-service special education peers. You can access interview hacks, job search ideas, the Career Center, and much more. 

Learn More

For questions, contact:
Jennifer Bullock
Professional Development and Resources Director
jbullock@exceptionalchildren.org 

CEC Career Center 

Browse special education jobs and get help with career coaching, resume writing, referencing checking, and more in CEC's Career Center. 

Learn More

Sales Inquiries:
Carmelo Debelen
Boxwood Technology
Carmelo.debelen@boxwoodtech.com  

Other Questions:
CEC Member Services
(888) 232-7733
service@exceptionalchildren.org 
Chat live using the chat feature in the bottom-right corner. 

Special Education TODAY

Stay on top of news in the special education sector. From news and alerts to the President’s Monthly Newsletter and 100 Stories, you'll find lots of great news and articles that you can use in your work right now. Sign-up today or send it to your friends and colleagues! 

Learn More

For questions, contact:
Annie Drinkard
Director of Communications and Publications
adrinkard@exceptionalchildren.org 

 

 

Staying Ahead of the Curve

Stay ahead of the changes in special education with the CEC Blog. It’s a great place to find recent news, press releases, Special Education Today posts, and much more. Start reading today!

 

Explore the Blog

 

Getting Your Professional Development Hours

Professional Development 

We offer a wide variety of professional development opportunities through webinars, online courses, in-person trainings, conferences, and more. Find out how you can learn with CEC to gain evidence-based practices for students with exceptionalities and get the answers you need. 

Learn More

For questions, contact:
Jennifer Bullock
Professional Development and Resources Director
jbullock@exceptionalchildren.org 

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. With hundreds of sessions on just about every topic in the field, the CEC Convention & Expo is THE professional development event for special educators to find research, tips, and strategies you can apply to supporting students with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. 

Learn More

For questions, contact:
CEC Member Services
(888) 232-7733
service@exceptionalchildren.org
Chat live using the chat feature in the bottom-right corner. 

Online Learning 

Choose from online events that air live or on-demand events that let you learn on your own schedule. 

Whether you’re looking for your own learning opportunities, creating someone else’s professional development plan, or planning for an all-staff in-service, there’s something for you. 

Learn More 

To learn about professional development hours, click here

For questions, contact:
Online Learning:
Brooke Massey
eLearning Manager
bmassey@exceptionalchildren.org 

In-Person Learning 

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. 

Learn More

To learn about professional development hours, click here

In-Person Learning:
Megan Shea
Manager of Learning Logistics
mshea@exceptionalchildren.org 

 

Life Centered Education Transition Curriculum 

An all-in-one set of 1,200 transition lesson plans with related tests, the Life Centered Education (LCE) is a fully online, secure transition curriculum that students and teachers can engage with 24/7. LCE’s online portal tracks and reports on progress and outcomes and is specifically designed to help meet Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals. 

Explore LCE

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Information and Research

Professional Journals 

TEACHING Exceptional Children features research-to-practice information and materials for the classroom, while Exceptional Children publishes research, scholarly reviews, data-based position papers, and policy analyses on the education and development of children and youth with exceptionalities. 

  • TEACHING Exceptional Children is a bi-monthly publication. 
  • Exceptional Children is a quarterly publication. 

Access TEC

Access EC

For questions, contact:
CEC Member Services
(888) 232-7733
service@exceptionalchildren.org
Chat live using the chat feature in the bottom-right corner. 

High Leverage Practices 

Developed by CEC and the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform (CEEDAR) Center, the High-Leverage Practices (HLPs) are 22 practices that every K–12 special education teacher should master and be able to demonstrate. 

Learn More

Explore the HLP Guides

For questions, contact:
CEC Member Services
(888) 232-7733
service@exceptionalchildren.org
Chat live using the chat feature in the bottom-right corner. 

CEC TV 

Each year at the annual CEC Convention & Expo, CEC TV shares the latest developments in special education research, explores new trends, and highlights the best practices dedicated to improving the success of children and youth with disabilities. 

Learn More

For questions, contact:
CEC Member Services
(888) 232-7733
service@exceptionalchildren.org
Chat live using the chat feature in the bottom-right corner. 

State of the Profession Report 

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)'s State of the Special Education Profession Survey provides a current snapshot of the state of the profession and serve as a data-driven foundation for CEC leadership activities in public policy, standards, and professional development. 

Learn More

For questions, contact:
CEC Member Services
(888) 232-7733
service@exceptionalchildren.org
Chat live using the chat feature in the bottom-right corner. 

 

SELS group

Special Education Legislative Summit

Held each July in Washington, D.C., our Special Education Legislative Summit (SELS) is an opportunity for educators across the country to make a difference by advocating at a national-level for change with members of Congress. 

Policy and Advocacy

Policy Insider 

Learn about the special and gifted education issues Congress and the administration are considering by reading CEC's Policy Insider. Sign up today to receive weekly e-mail updates!

Learn More

For questions, contact:
Annie Drinkard
Director of Communications and Publications
adrinkard@exceptionalchildren.org  

CEC’s Legislative Action Center 

Use CEC's Legislative Action Center to take action on a number of legislative issues by filling out your information and sending a letter to your Members of Congress. 

Learn More

For questions, contact:
Kuna Tavalin
Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor
ktavalin@exceptionalchildren.org  

CEC’s Children and Youth Action Network

CEC’s Children and Youth Action Network (CAN) is an organized group of volunteers dedicated to helping advance policy affecting students with disabilities and gifts and talents.

Learn More

For questions, contact:
Kuna Tavalin
Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor
ktavalin@exceptionalchildren.org  

Advocacy Basics 

Find out how you can advocate for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with exceptionalities and the professionals who support them 365 days a year.

Learn More

For questions, contact:
Kuna Tavalin
Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor
ktavalin@exceptionalchildren.org  

Position Statements 

Our position statements help guide the work of CEC’s policy efforts as we continue to serve as a leading voice for the field of special education.

Learn More

For questions, contact:
Kuna Tavalin
Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor
​​​​​​​ktavalin@exceptionalchildren.org  

 

Partner Solutions Directory 

 

This online directory provides a guide to businesses, organizations, and resources that support the special education community. 

 

Check Out the Directory

 

Standards and Accreditation

Professional Preparation Standards 

CEC's Professional Standards define the specialized expertise special education professionals must master for safe and effective practice. These standards are used to inform special educator preparation programs, accreditation organizations, and credentialing agencies. As the recognized leader for special education professional standards, CEC develops standards, ethics, practices, and guidelines to ensure that special educators are better prepared for successful, long-term careers. 

Learn More

For questions, contact:
Brad Duncan
Director of Professional Standards
bduncan@exceptionalchildren.org 

Program Review and National Recognition 

For our program recognition work, we partner with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Programs pursuing CAEP Accreditation that engage in the specialized professional association (SPA) program review process seek National Recognition by demonstrating mastery of the CEC Standards.   

Learn More

For questions, contact:
Brad Duncan
Director of Professional Standards
bduncan@exceptionalchildren.org

CEC Accreditation 

Accreditation is built upon CEC’s history of National Recognition as a SPA (Specialized Professional Association) and to create an accreditation process that is a robust, targeted approach focused on developing candidate proficiencies, candidate performance on CEC standards, public accountability, and contextual indicators of quality in alignment to the existing CEC Professional Preparation Standards. 

Learn More

For questions, contact:
Brad Duncan
Director of Professional Standards
bduncan@exceptionalchildren.org

Your Membership Benefits At-A-Glance

For Professional Premier members, to access a copy of your Professional Educator Liability Insurance Policy, click here. 

 

  Premier Full Basic
$250,000 Professional Educator Liability Insurance Policy Included    
Webinar Access All live and pre-recorded webinars All pre-recorded webinars Access to CEC’s Quick Takes series and limited webinars
Professional Journals Print and online access  Print and online access  Online access only
Access to join Special Interest Divisions x x x
Special Education Today, our weekly newsletter x x x
Access to CECommunity and the All-Member Forum x x x
Members-Only Discounts for Professional Development, Publications, Events and more. x x x
Complimentary membership in local/regional Unit x x x
Preferred pricing on membership insurance programs x x x
Access to the CEC Career Center x x x
Complimentary e-Book from the CEC Store x x  

 

To access a copy of your Student Educator Liability Insurance Policy, click here. 

 

  Premier Full Basic
$1 Million Student Educator Liability Insurance Policy Included    
Webinar Access All live and pre-recorded webinars All pre-recorded webinars Access to CEC’s Quick Takes series and limited webinars
Professional Journals Print and online access  Print and online access  Online access only
Access to join Special Interest Divisions x x x
Special Education Today, our weekly newsletter x x x
Access to CECommunity and the All-Member Forum x x x
Members-Only Discounts for Professional Development, Publications, Events and more. x x x
Complimentary membership in local/regional Unit x x x
Preferred pricing on membership insurance programs x x x
Access to the CEC Career Center x x x
Complimentary e-Book from the CEC Store x x  

 

  Premier Full Basic
Webinar Access All live and pre-recorded webinars All pre-recorded webinars Access to CEC’s Quick Takes series and limited webinars
Professional Journals Print and online access  Print and online access  Online access only
Access to join Special Interest Divisions x x x
Special Education Today, our weekly newsletter x x x
Access to CECommunity and the All-Member Forum x x x
Members-Only Discounts for Professional Development, Publications, Events and more. x x x
Complimentary membership in local/regional Unit x x x
Preferred pricing on membership insurance programs x x x
Access to the CEC Career Center x x x
Complimentary e-Book from the CEC Store x x  

 

  Premier Full Basic
Webinar Access All live and pre-recorded webinars All pre-recorded webinars Access to CEC’s Quick Takes series and limited webinars
Professional Journals Print and online access  Print and online access  Online access only
Access to join Special Interest Divisions x x x
Special Education Today, our weekly newsletter x x x
Access to CECommunity and the All-Member Forum x x x
Members-Only Discounts for Professional Development, Publications, Events and more. x x x
Complimentary membership in local/regional Unit x x x
Preferred pricing on membership insurance programs x x x
Access to the CEC Career Center x x x
Complimentary e-Book from the CEC Store x x  

 

  Premier Full Basic
Webinar Access All live and pre-recorded webinars All pre-recorded webinars Access to CEC’s Quick Takes series and limited webinars
Professional Journals Print and online access  Print and online access  Online access only
Access to join Special Interest Divisions x x x
Special Education Today, our weekly newsletter x x x
Access to CECommunity and the All-Member Forum x x x
Members-Only Discounts for Professional Development, Publications, Events and more. x x x
Complimentary membership in local/regional Unit x x x
Preferred pricing on membership insurance programs x x x
Access to the CEC Career Center x x x
Complimentary e-Book from the CEC Store x x  

 

  Premier Full Basic
Webinar Access All live and pre-recorded webinars All pre-recorded webinars Access to CEC’s Quick Takes series and limited webinars
Professional Journals Print and online access  Print and online access  Online access only
Access to join Special Interest Divisions x x x
Special Education Today, our weekly newsletter x x x
Access to CECommunity and the All-Member Forum x x x
Members-Only Discounts for Professional Development, Publications, Events and more. x x x
Complimentary membership in local/regional Unit x x x
Preferred pricing on membership insurance programs x x x
Access to the CEC Career Center x x x
Complimentary e-Book from the CEC Store x x  

 

  Premier Full Basic
Webinar Access All live and pre-recorded webinars All pre-recorded webinars Access to CEC’s Quick Takes series and limited webinars
Professional Journals Print and online access  Print and online access  Online access only
Access to join Special Interest Divisions x x x
Special Education Today, our weekly newsletter x x x
Access to CECommunity and the All-Member Forum x x x
Members-Only Discounts for Professional Development, Publications, Events and more. x x x
Complimentary membership in local/regional Unit x x x
Preferred pricing on membership insurance programs x x x
Access to the CEC Career Center x x x
Complimentary e-Book from the CEC Store x x  

 

Last Updated:  17 May, 2022

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