Welcome to The Council on Education of the Deaf

The Council on Education of the Deaf (CED) is an organization sponsored by eight 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.



A big THANK YOU to the hosts and sponsors of our bi-annual CED Board Meetings. Our Fall 2016 and 2017 meetings were held at and supported by Gallaudet University, our Fall 2018 meeting was held (for the first time ever!) at A.G. Bell headquarters in Washington D.C. and N.A.D. has offered to host our 2019 Fall meeting at their National Office in Silver Spring, MD. NTID continues to be a loyal supporter or our February meeting in conjunction with ACE-DHH.


Congratulations to Washington University of St. Louis and the California State University at Northridge! Both programs achieved their CED Accreditation and received their Certificate of Accreditation at the recent ACE-DHH Meeting in Chicago, IL.


CED President Pam Luft has written an important letter describing the growing national shortage of teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing (attached below). We ask that you use this letter to initiate discussions about the importance of preparing highly qualified teachers of deaf and hard of hearing students with colleagues at your university and with personnel at your respective state departments of education. Programs that prepare teachers of deaf and hard of hearing students are still being closed and we all need to work together to reverse this trend and ensure that all deaf and hard of hearing students have highly qualified and specially trained teachers.

National Teacher Shortage (PDF/104KB)


A committee of the CED Board is in the process of updating its Standards, accreditation rubrics and the materials needed for accreditation applications. Revised standards, program review rubrics and forms, edited as of February, 2019 are now posted under the Accreditation tab.


CED’s Executive Director search continues. As you know, Executive Director Joseph Fischgrund has been planning to step down, and the search for a new Executive Director continues. The job description and qualifications are in the attachment below.

CED Executive Director Job Description (PDF/124KB)

Promoting excellence in educating the deaf