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CEC Accreditation Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

The Council for Exceptional Children accredits programs leading to licensure and/or programs in support of special educators at the graduate and undergraduate levels within the United States and its territories and within U.S. based institutions operating abroad. 

FERPA allows data to be disclosed to Accrediting agencies without consent. However, CEC will work to ensure policies and processes protect the privacy of individuals. Visit here for more info. 

Yes. Each set of CEC Standards include a field and clinical experience standard and is included in the accreditation expectations.

The commission plans to require proof of regional accreditation in order for a program to be eligible to pursue CEC Accreditation. The Accreditation Commission will review this requirement periodically to determine feasibility of accrediting programs that are not part of an IHE.  

No, CEC Standards are designed for bachelor’s level or higher programs only.  

No. To help keep accreditation costs accessible to programs there will not be a physical site visit or other travel related expenses for CEC Accreditation.  

Last Updated:  26 October, 2021

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