The  Council for Exceptional Children is the leading voice for special and  gifted education. Through the vision and dedication of its nearly 45,000  members, CEC sets the standard for high quality education for children  and youth with exceptionalities. The Council ensures the needs of  children and youth with exceptionalities are met in educational  legislation, establishes professional standards for the field, and  develops initiatives to improve special education practice. And, CEC is  known as THE source for information, resources, and professional  development for special educators.

As a CEC member, you'll access:

CEC Publications

Stay on the cutting edge with the high-impact, up-to-the-minute information you receive from CEC's member publications:

•  TEACHING Exceptional Children - actionable and useful articles to teach and administer programs for  children with    disabilities and/or gifts (6 issues per year).

•  Exceptional Children - original research on the education and development of children with exceptionalities 
    (4 issues  per year).

•  CEC Today - member newsletter keeps you up-to-date on professional and legal developments
    (6 issues per year, online).

Books, Media and Training

CEC's articles, books, videos, and CD-ROMS cover the entire agenda of social, legal, and educational issues of children with exceptionalities. Our resource catalog is crammed with resources and materials specifically for special educators.

Advocacy and Support

CEC members are an integral part of CEC's advocacy efforts for the rights of children and youth with exceptionalities, as well as the special needs of the educators who serve them. CEC is a major voice in Congress, the courts, and the U.S. Department of Education. CEC has launched a comprehensive program to make the educational community
and the public aware of teacher shortages and special education teaching conditions. No other organization is more active -- or more effective.

Career Development

CEC's continuing education programs, including the CEC Annual Convention & Expo, provide groundbreaking information, state-of-the-art resources, and new ways of reaching students. CEC also provides you with essential training programs, materials, planning, and continuing education opportunities.

Professional Divisions

Join one or more of the 17 CEC special interest divisions to tailor your participation to your particular area(s) of expertise. Each division publishes journals and newsletters, sponsors conferences and other professional development activities, facilitates political action on issues that directly affect your practice and interests, and provides unique networking opportunities to bring you closer with experts and your professional peers.

Peer Networking and Leadership Opportunities

CEC's 17 special-interest divisions, 59 state/provincial units, and hundreds of local chapters make you part of the most extensive network of professional special educators in existence today. CEC provides a wide range of opportunities for members to serve in leadership positions at the local, state/provincial, and international levels.

Up-to-the-Minute Access via the Web

At the CEC Website you'll get the latest updates on news in special education, participate in CEC's listserves, join or renew CEC membership, register for professional development events, and order books and other quality resources online.

Discounts on Educational Resources

CEC members enjoy savings of up to 30% on all CEC publications and professional development events, including the CEC Annual Convention & Expo.

CEC's Online Job Board

Register your resume, view special education job postings, and access a list of recruiters -- all on CEC's Online Job Board, the only job bank on the Internet devoted exclusively to special education professionals.

Professional Liability and Other Insurance

Enjoy protection from the high costs of lawsuits due to your activities as an education professional. The Educators Professional Liability Plan is available in limits of $1 million and $2 million. Full-time and part-time professional employees in the education field are eligible for this plan as well as paraprofessionals and related services personnel.
Apply online or call 800/821-7303.

Student members preparing for employment and performing educational duties under the supervision of a licensed educator can purchase an individual $1 million policy for an annual premium of only $15. The policy is the same as that offered to professional members, but does not include job protection benefits. Apply online or call 800/821-7303.