CEC’s Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE) Professional Preparation Standards will define the expertise early interventionists and early childhood special educators must master for the safe and effective practice of our profession. These standards will be 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 educators to work with learners with exceptionalities based on their meeting of standards established by CEC, in conjunction with the Division for Early Childhood (DEC). 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 these EI/ECSE Standards of July 2020.

To learn more about the current Standards Development Process, you can watch this webinar hosted by the chair of the Standards Development Task Force.

This survey will ask for your feedback on the current draft of the EI/ECSE Initial Standards, Components, and Supporting Explanations as of August 21, 2019. 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. The standard is a broad statement of what the candidate should know and be able to do.  The components must address all content within the standard statement and provide more specificity as to what the candidate should know and be able to do.  The supporting explanations provide guidance regarding the scope and focus of the components. You can view the complete EI/ECSE Draft Standards,  Components, and Supporting Explanations here.

Please provide your feedback on this draft of the EI/ECSE Initial Standards by Wednesday, October 9, 2019.