Welcome to NCED

The premier national credential for special education assessment professionals who hold high standards of practice


  • NCED Board of Directors

    As of July 1, 2019, a change in the Board of Directors went into effect. The current Board Chairs are provided under the “About” tab. Please contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have. We are here to support you in your endeavor to either become nationally certified or to maintain your status as a nationally certified educational diagnostician.

  • Retired Status Available

    If you are a current Certificate Holder and have retired, you have the option to apply for Retired Status. Obtain information, then download and complete the application form. You may scan and email it to the NCED Chair or send it via regular mail.

  • NCED Facebook

    Did you know that if you are a current NCED certificate holder in good standing you can join the NCED Facebook page? Just send a “friend” request and you will have instant access to the latest information and to questions and answers from other certificate holders. We look forward to welcoming you.

  • The NCED Registry is an online database of NCED Certificate Holders. The purpose is to facilitate networking with each other, which is important to creating a community and for enhancing professional development. If you would like to be included in the Registry, log into your member page, scroll down to the Registry tab on the bottom right side of the page, and click “Yes, include me in the registry.” You are able to edit the information so only the personal information you want others to see will be available for viewing.


06/13/2020: Lafayette, LA

07/08/2020: North Houston, Texas

10/20/2020: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

12/12/2020: Waco, Texas

To register for an exam please download the application below that applies to you. Thank you.

 General Application
 Retake Application

Advanced degree (master’s or doctorate) in special education or related field.
State-licensed in an education (non-psychology) field.
Minimum of two years teaching experience in a private or public school.
Minimum of two years assessment experience in a private or public setting.
Two letters of reference affirming competency in special education assessment.
Membership in CEC’s Council for Educational Diagnostic Services (CEDS).
Passing score on the NCED examination*.


NOTE: It is recommended that ALL requirements be completed at least four weeks prior to the exam date.