The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or gifted.

CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

The North Carolina CEC wants to extend an invitation to join us as we work together to enhance our profession and improve outcomes for children.

We sponsor an annual conference, provide grants to practitioners in the classroom, and offer staff development opportunities.

For information on how to join CEC go to

If you have any questions, please contact

Dr. Emily Summey -


Celebrate member accomplishments with us!

If you are a CEC member, or you have "good news" about a CEC member (e.g., complete degree or certificate requirements, awards, etc.), please share that news via email to Glennda McKeithan -


April 2018

  • NEW NC DADD Board Formed
    • Congratulations new officers!

March 2018

  • Drs. Kristi Morin & Melissa Savage
    • 2018 Appointed DADD Co-Presidents

February 2018

  • Drs. Mabel Riveria & Alicia Brophy-Dick
    • Represent NC in the National CEC Representative Assembly

January 2018

  • Sherry Thomas, NC DPI
    • 2018 Felix Barker Award Presented at NC CEC Conference
  • Deborah Parker, WCPSS
    • 2018 NC CEC Teaching Excellence Award Presented at NC CEC Conference
  • Ian Fennell, UNCP
    • 2018 NC CEC Student Scholarship Presented at NC CEC Conference
  • Margaret Blackwell, Heritage Academies
    • 2018 NC CEC Distinguished Service Award Presented at NC CEC Conference
  • Dr. Patricia Brewer, NCWC
    • 2018 Mini-Grant Award Presented at NC CEC Conference

December, 2017

  • Dr. Natasha Veal, Greensboro College
    • 2018 Vice President Elect
  • Deborah Parker, Lake Myra Elementary
    • 2018 Treasurer Elect
  • Dr. Lynn Zubov, Winston-Salem State University
    • 2018 CAN Coordinator Elect
  • Dr. Glennda McKeithan, University of Kansas
    • 2018 Secretary Elect

November, 2017

  • Sherry Thomas, NC DPI
    • 2018 Felix S. Barker Leadership Award Winner
  • Deborah Parker
    • 2018 Teaching Excellence Award Winner
  • Dr. Patricia Brewer, University of NC at Wilmington
    • 2018 Mini-Grant Award Winner

October, 2017

  • Amber Henry
    • Appointed NC CEC Student President

June, 2017

  • Deborah Parker, Wake County Special Education Teacher
    • Completed Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders, KU
  • Dr. Brad Mills, Wake County Special Education Teacher
    • Completed his PhD, NCSU