Welcome to The Council on Education of the Deaf

The Council on Education of the Deaf (CED) is an organization sponsored by seven major national organizations dedicated to quality education for all deaf and hard of hearing students. CED promulgates nationally recognized standards for teachers of deaf and hard of hearing students in all educational settings, accredits university programs preparing teachers of deaf and hard-of-hearing students, and collaborates with a variety of other related organizations through several national committees and workgroups.


On October 28, 2016, the CED Board approved a new standard: in green below.

Standard 1.2 Curriculum Components

Standard: 1.2.1 The generic portion of the core curriculum consists of learning experiences designed to develop candidate outcomes in the following areas defined by the CEC Special Education Initial Special Educator Preparation Standards: (1) Learner Development and Individual Learning Differences; (2) Learning Environments; (3) Curricular Content Knowledge; (4) Assessment; (5) Instructional Planning and Strategies; (6) Professional Learning and Practice; and (7) Collaboration.

Standard 1.2.2 The specialized portion of curriculum prepares candidates to meet the unique language and communication needs of deaf and hard of hearing children. The curriculum should include, as appropriate to program objectives, experience, coursework and training in skills that optimize language development, learning and English literacy.

Language will be added to the rubric to reflect this new standard.

Promoting excellence in educating the deaf