Specialty Sets for Specific Practice Areas
About Our Specialty Sets
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Specialty Sets delineate the essential knowledge and skills that beginning special education professionals must possess to be ready to begin their practice in specific areas.
Programs will select the Specialty Set aligned to their program or use the common specialty sets which are used to inform the CEC Preparation Standards. This means that all special education preparation programs will use either the Initial or Advanced CEC Preparation Standards as informed by the appropriate Specialty Set as they develop their curriculum and create performance assessments to demonstrate that their candidates have mastered the standards.
For guidance selecting the appropriate specialty set for a preparation program see the Specialty Sets for Initial Preparation Programs Flowchart or the Specialty Sets for Advanced Preparation Programs Flowchart.
Initial and Advanced Specialty Sets
CEC has developed the following specialty sets for the 2012 Initial and Advanced Preparation Standards. At this time the revised 2020 Initial K12 Standards and Early Interventionist/Early Childhood Education Standards do not have corresponding specialty sets.