In 1922, the founders of CEC embraced professional standards and ethics for the field of special education. As the recognized leader for special education professional standards, CEC develops standards, ethics and practices, and guidelines to assure that individuals with exceptionalities have well-prepared, career-oriented special educators. CEC collaborates with other professional organizations to ensure that all educators have a robust professional working environment and are well-prepared to support the learning of individuals with exceptionalities. The CEC standards for paraprofessional preparation underscore the increased significance of paraprofessionals’ contributions to the delivery of effective instruction to all learners. Parapros serve an essential function as part of the instructional team in supporting delivery of instruction and playing an increasingly prominent role in promoting learning in all students, including those with exceptional learning needs.

To ensure that paraprofessionals have the required skills for their expanded roles, in collaboration with the National Resource Center for Paraeducators, CEC validated the specialty set for paraprofessionals who serve individual with exceptionalities. These are the knowledge and sills that CEC believes all instructional paraprofessionals should possess.