Council for Exceptional Children Standards

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) develops standards, ethics and practices, and guidelines to assure that individuals with exceptionalities have well-prepared, career-oriented special educators. 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. Visit the CEC site here for more information.