Every professional educator possesses the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and values to enable students with exceptional needs to reach their potential.


The Teacher Education Division is a diverse community of professionals who lead and support teacher education on behalf of students with exceptional needs and their families. We accomplish this through:

  1. Professional Development
  2. Advocacy
  3. Research
  4. Collaboration

Strategic Plan 2015-2019

TED’s 2015-2019 Strategic Plan was developed by the TED Board after receiving member feedback through an online membership survey, key informant interviews, and feedback sessions held during two national conferences. Strategic themes (i.e., broad goals) and strategic initiatives (i.e., activities) to be addressed over this five-year period follow.



The strategic themes represent the essence of TED’s vision and mission statement, that is, how we respond when asked, “What does TED do?” (Our elevator speech.)

Strategic Theme #1 – Professional Development

We foster teaching, research, evaluation and leadership skills of teacher educators through professional development.

Strategic Theme #2 – Advocacy

We advocate for special education teacher-education policy, research, and practice that focuses on improving outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities.

Strategic Theme #3 – Research

We promote and disseminate research-based practices related to special education teacher education.

Strategic Theme #4 – Collaboration

We advance collaborative practices that positively impact the outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities through teacher education.


The strategic initiatives reflect activities in which we engage to make us a stronger organization.

Strategic Initiative #1 – Membership

We recruit, engage, and retain membership in TED.

Strategic Initiative #2 – Diversity

We work toward increasing diversity representation in membership and leadership.

Strategic Initiative #3 – Responsive Organizational Structure

We maintain a responsive organizational structure while striving to create unity within the organization.

Strategic Initiative #4 – Financial Stability

We maintain financial stability within the TED organization.