CEC’s Professional Preparation Standards define the expertise special educators must master for the safe and effective practice of our profession. These standards are used to inform preparation programs, accreditation organizations, and licensing agencies.

CEC partners with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), a national educator preparation program accreditor, to recognize education programs that prepare teachers to work with students with exceptionalities, based on their meeting of standards established by CEC. Every seven years, CAEP requires that Specialized Professional Associations (SPAs) like CEC, review their professional standards and make revisions, as necessary, and with input from the field they represent. CAEP has approved a standards application submission deadline for CEC of July 2020.

To learn more about the current Standards Development Process, you can watch this webinar hosted by the co-chairs of CEC's Standards Development Workgroup.

This survey will ask for your feedback on the current Draft CEC Initial Standards, Components, and Supporting Explanations. Each Draft Standard includes the title of the Standard, a description of the Standard, the components that make up the standard (the numbered list), and a supporting explanation for each component. You can view the complete Draft Standards and Components here.

Please provide your feedback on this Draft of the CEC Initial Standards by Friday, May 31.

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* What is your primary professional role?

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* Are you a member of CEC?

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* How many years have you been involved in special education?