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CEC is the leading voice for special and gifted education. Through the vision and dedication of more than 30,000 members, CEC sets the standard for high quality education for children and youth with exceptionalities. 

Join CEC and get the professional development, resources, and peer-to-peer support you need to meet today's new challenges in special education with confidence and make a difference for children and youth with disabilities and gifts and talents.

Cutting-Edge Journals

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

Exceptional Children — original research on the education and development of children with disabilities and/or gifts and talents in practical terms that you can bring into your classroom (4 issues/year).

Books and Resources

CEC's publications cover the entire agenda of social, legal, and educational issues of children with exceptionalities. Members receive up to a 30% discount!

Professional Development

CEC's continuing education programs, including the CEC Annual Convention & Expo, provide access to the most current information and resources in special education. 

Advocacy and Support

CEC advocates 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 halls of Congress, the White House, and the U.S. Department of Education. No other organization is more active — or more effective.

Special Interest 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 professional development activities, facilitates advocacy initiatives 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 provides a wide range of opportunities for members to serve in leadership positions at the local, state/provincial, and international levels with 56 state and provincial units and 17 special-interest divisions.  **Coming soon is the CEC Online Community and your ability to connect directly with your peers and colleagues around the world.

Online Career Center

Register your resume, view special education job postings, and apply for jobs — all on CEC's Online Job Board, the only job board devoted exclusively to special education.

Savings on Insurance

CEC members are eligible for favorable group pricing on term life, home & auto, and professional liability insurance plans from leading insurance carriers through the CEC Member Insurance Program. See complete details and apply online, or call 1-800-821-7303.

Need More Information?
For additional information on the member benefits listed above, contact CEC's Customer Service Center at 888-232-7733, TTY 866-915-5000, or service@cec.sped.org. Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

Join CEC or Renew your CEC Membership Now!

Through the vision and dedication of more than 30,000 members, CEC sets the standard for high quality education for children and youth with exceptionalities. And, CEC is known as THE source for information, resources and professional development for special educators.

Top 10 Reasons to Join CEC!

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Policy Insider: Legislative Update

  • The Council for Exceptional Children's Division for Communicative Disabilities and Deafness (DCDD) recently released a position statement titled, "Teachers of Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: A Critical Resource Needed for Legal Compliance." The purpose of this statement is to share evidence supporting the model to meet the language, communication, academic, and social needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Tool of the Week

  • For this weeks FREE tool, were reaching out to charter school teachers and administrators with a quick review of FAPE written especially for the charter school community. What is a free appropriate public education and how does it apply to charters? If you work in a traditional public school this review will be useful to ...
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