National Certification for Educational Diagnosticians

The premier national credential for special education assessment professionals who hold high standards of practice
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  • Enhances professional credibility and visibility
  • Represents highly qualified status as an assessment professional
  • Permits use of “NCED” after name in reports and correspondence
  • Allows inclusion and recognition in the online NCED Registry
  • Provides a vehicle for potential salary supplement in the future (per state/district regulations)
  • Assures parents/school officials of rigorous standards for practice
  • Offers structured opportunities for ongoing professional development
  • Connects the practitioner with current trends/issues in the field of assessment

News & Information

Seeking Volunteers!

Seeking Volunteers!

The NCED Board is currently in the process of assembling a committee tasked with revising the NCED Exam. We are seeking volunteers who would be interested in serving on this committee. If you would like additional information or to be considered for this committee...

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Letter from the NCED President

Letter from the NCED President

Hello Certificate Holders, I hope this post finds you and your family in good health and spirits. It is with great enthusiasm that I begin my year as President of NCED. I’d like to take a moment to welcome our newest NCED certificate holders who passed the...

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It is time to renew your NCED membership!

It is time to renew your NCED membership!

Hello Certificate Holder!  We know the start of the new school year can be quite busy, so we wanted to send out a friendly reminder that our membership year ended on June 30, 2022. Our current membership year runs from July 1, 2022- June 30, 2023. If you have not done...

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Examination Test Sites

10/15/2022  Dallas Area, TX

Plano ISD Stockwell Center

6301 Chapel Hill Blvd. 

Plano, Texas 75093

10/18/2022   Baton Rouge, LA

Embassy Suites

4914 Constitution Ave.

Baton Rouge, LA 70808  

1/20/2023  McAllen, TX

South Texas College

3201 Pecan Blvd. 

McAllen, Texas 

3/10/2023 Morristown, NJ

Morristown Public Library

30 East Hanover Avenue

Whippany, New Jersey

 3/26/2023 Irving, Texas

DFW Marriott

8440 Freeport Pkwy

Irving, TX 75063

*Please check back regularly. Due to concerns regarding recent global events some exam dates have been rescheduled.

Board of Directors

Cynthia Simpson, Ph.D.


Michelle Norwood, M.Ed.

Vice President

Georgene Moon, M.Ed.


Becky Dieckmann, M.Ed.


Jana Cole, Ed.D.

Exam Chair

Maribel Garza, ABD

Exam Assist

Kellie East, M.A.T.

Publicity Chair

Maranda Lanham, M.A.T.

Certificate Holder Chair

Renee Kwiatek, Ed.D.

Professional Growth Chair