Council for Exceptional
Code of Ethics
We declare the following principles to be the Code of Ethics for educators
of exceptional persons. Members of the special education profession are
responsible for upholding and advancing these principles. Members of The
Council for Exceptional Children agree to judge them in accordance with the
spirit and provisions of this Code.
I. Special education professionals are committed to
developing highest education and quality of life potential of exceptional
II. Special education professionals promote and maintain a
high level of competence and integrity in practicing their profession.
III. Special education professionals engage in
professional activities which benefit exceptional individuals, their families,
other colleagues, students, or research subjects.
IV. Special education professionals exercise objective
professional judgment in the practice of their profession.
V. Special education professionals strive to advance their
knowledge and skills regarding the education of exceptional individuals.
VI. Special education professionals work within the
standards and policies of the profession.
VII. Special education professionals seek to uphold and
improve where necessary the laws, regulations, and policies governing the
delivery of special education and related services and the practice of their
VIII. Special education professionals do not condone or
participate in unethical or illegal acts, nor violate professional standards
adopted by the Delegate Assembly of CEC.
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