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

2022-2023 Board of Directors

2022-2023 Board of Directors

Congratulations to our 2022-2023 NCED Board of Directors! President: Cindy Simpson, Ph.D. Vice President: Michelle Norwood, M.Ed. Treasurer: Georgene Moon, M.Ed. Secretary: Becky Dieckmann, M.Ed. Exam Chair: Jana Cole, Ed.D. Exam Assist: Maribel Garza, ABD...

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Retired Status Available

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.

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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