Published six times per year, TEC also brings its readers the latest data on instructional technologies, strategies, procedures, and techniques with applications to students with exceptionalities. The focus of its practical content is on immediate application.
TEACHING Exceptional Children (TEC) is a journal designed specifically for teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, and other practitioners who work with children and youth with disabilities or who are gifted.
The purpose of TEC is to advance the professional development of practitioners and to provide useful information, resources, and tools for improving education and services for exceptional learners. Consistent with this purpose, we publish articles that share innovative and successful methods and materials based on current evidence-based practice for use in a wide variety of educational programs and settings.
|Man Fung Lam||University of Georgia|
|Tammy V. Abernathy||University of Nevada, Reno|
|Stephanie Al Otaiba||Southern Methodist University|
|Jennifer Alexander||Comprehensive Behavior Change|
|Shirin D. Antia||University of Arizona|
|Devender Banda||Texas Tech University, USA|
|Sally Barton-Arwood||Belmont University|
|David Bateman||Shippensburg University|
|Virginia W. Berninger||University of Washington|
|Miriam C. Boesch||University of North Texas|
|Monica Brown||University of Nevada, Las Vegas|
|Allison Bruhn||University of Iowa|
|Deborah Bruns||Southern Illinois University|
|Shannon Budin||Buffalo State University|
|Barbara Chorzempa||State University of New York, New Paltz|
|Stephen P. Ciullo||Texas State University, USA|
|Mari Beth Coleman||University of Tennessee|
|Bryan Cook||University of Hawaii at Manoa|
|Kathleen Cook||Augustana University|
|Lysandra Cook||University of Hawaii at Manoa|
|Karena Cooper-Duffy||Western Carolina University|
|Susan Courey||San Francisco State University|
|Michael Coyne||University of Connecticut|
|Christopher B. Denning||University of Massachusetts-Boston|
|Charles Dukes||Florida Atlantic University|
|Douglas Fuchs||Vanderbilt University|
|Peggy Gallagher||Georgia State University|
|Amy Gillespie Rouse||Southern Methodist University|
|Marya Grande||Canisius College|
|Tracy Gray||American Institute for Research|
|Bethany Hamilton-Jones||University of Georgia|
|Juliet Hart||Arizona State University|
|Lynn Hayes||Vanderbilt University|
|John L. Hosp||University of Iowa, USA|
|David Houchins||Georgia State University|
|Elizabeth Hughes||Clemson University|
|Andrea D. Jasper||Central Michigan University|
|Tara Jeffs||Loudon County Public Schools|
|Jennifer L. Jolly||University of New South Wales, Australia|
|Bernard Jones||West Virginia University|
|Laura Justice||The Ohio State University, USA|
|Michael Kennedy||University of Virginia|
|Todd Kettler||University of North Texas|
|Timothy Landrum||University of Louisville|
|Holly Lane||University of Florida|
|Justin Lane||University of Kentucky|
|Mark Larson||Humboldt State University|
|Jennifer Lindstrom||University of Georgia|
|John W. Lloyd||University of Virginia|
|John Luckner||University of Northern Colorado|
|Joseph Madaus||University of Connecticut, USA|
|Larry Maheady||State University of New York, Fredonia|
|Ida Malian||Arizona State University West|
|Sharon Maroney||Western Illinois University|
|Valerie Mazzotti||University of Oregon|
|Tessa McCarthy||North Carolina Central University|
|Angela McIntosh||San Diego State University|
|James McLeskey||University of Florida|
|Lisa Monda-Amaya||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA|
|Tanya Moorehead||Eastern Connecticut State University|
|Joseph Morgan||University of Nevada, Las Vegas|
|Paul Morgan||Pennsylvania State University|
|Robert L. Morgan||Utah State University|
|Cecily Ornelles||University of Hawaii at Manoa|
|Angela Pang||Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania|
|Lindsey Peaster||Morgan County Public Schools, GA|
|Sarah Powell||University of Texas, Austin|
|Lisa Pufpaff||Ball State University|
|Paige Pullen||University of Virginia, USA|
|Lauren Reed||University of Hawaii at Manoa - USA|
|Paul J. Riccomini||The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA|
|Anne Rinn||University of North Texas|
|Diane Rodriguez||Fordham University|
|Christina Santamaria-Graff||Central Washington University|
|Peggy J. Schaefer Whitby||University of Arkansas|
|Barbara Schirmer||University of Detroit|
|Jennifer Schmidt||Beavercreek High School, OH|
|Jane Sileo||State University of New York, New Paltz|
|Robert Simpson||Auburn University|
|Leslie Soodak||Pace University|
|Candice Southall||Piedmont College, GA|
|Scott Sparks||Ohio University|
|Tamra Stambaugh||Vanderbilt University, USA|
|Pamela Stecker||Clemson University, USA|
|Robert Stodden||University of Hawaii at Manoa|
|Jonte' C. Taylor||Pennsylvania State University|
|Bill Therrien||University of Virginia|
|Jason Travers||University of Kansas|
|Elizabeth Tuckwiller||George Washington University|
|Naomi Tyler||Vanderbilt University|
|Kimberly Vannest||Texas A&M University|
|Sharon Ware||University of Connecticut|
|Margaret Weiss||George Mason University|
|Andrew Wilely||Kent State University|
|Rebecca Zumeta||American Institutes for Research|
TEACHING Exceptional Children
TEACHING Exceptional Children (TEC) is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal designed specifically for teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, and other practitioners who work with children and youth with disabilities or those who are gifted. As the largest print journal for practitioners involved in special education, TEC has a circulation of about 31,000 including all members of the Council for Exceptional Children as well as other individuals, organizations, and libraries around the world.
Before submitting your manuscript, please read the information on this page about the aim and scope of TEC to ensure that your manuscript adheres to the recommended guidelines for content, format, and style. When you are ready to submit a manuscript to the journal, please click here: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tec
The following information is designed to assist authors in preparing material to submit to TEC. This document replaces all earlier versions.
Is TEC the appropriate journal for publishing my work?
The purpose of TEC is to advance the professional development of practitioners in the field and to provide useful information, resources, and tools for improving education and services for children and youth with disabilities or who are gifted at the preschool, elementary, secondary, and post-secondary school levels.
Consistent with this purpose, we publish articles that share innovative and successful methods and materials for use in a wide variety of educational programs and settings. TEC has an open submissions policy; we accept manuscripts from the field throughout the calendar year on topics and issues related to professional practice and relevant to special education teachers, general education teachers, related services specialists, and administrators in support of their work with students with exceptionalities. We encourage submissions from individuals and group authors who represent the diversity of professional roles within the field.
TEC publishes original scholarly work that provides (a) specific instructional and management interventions; (b) discussions that help readers understand and be responsive to underrepresented points of view (including those of children, youth, and families) concerning exceptionality and schooling; (c) strategies for reforming service delivery, curriculum components, and professional roles; (d) ways to foster and/or improve the professional development of practitioners; (e) information pertaining to state and federal legislation, rules, and regulations with implications for practice; and (f) current and emerging issues related to the effectiveness of programs or specific practices.
Authors are encouraged to be mindful that the purpose of a professional journal is not to publish all manuscripts that have merit but to select those that represent the most timely and important information according to the aims and scope of the journal within the limitations of available space.
What should I know about TEC before I prepare my manuscript?
Prospective authors are encouraged to review previous issues of this journal to gain a sense of the content and style of articles that have been published and use one or more of these articles as an exemplar in preparing their own work. A recent article published in TEC offers additional guidance on manuscript preparation: How to Write for TEC.
Sample articles can be found here: Issue 47(1), September/October
Authors who have questions about the suitability of their work for TEC should contact the Editor for advice. Authors should also consider the following guidelines regarding type of submission, style, format, length, and person-first language in preparing material for submission.
What types of manuscripts can be submitted?
Authors may submit either of the following for consideration in TEC:
- Feature Article for TEC Print: These manuscripts address topics or issues related to current evidence-based practice in the education of students with exceptionalities at the preschool, elementary, secondary, or post-secondary levels with specific implementation suggestions, for publication in the print version of TEC.
- Media Presentation for TEC+: These manuscripts address similar topics or issues, and offer suggestions for implementation, but present information incorporating non-print media such as narrated presentation slides, video or audio segments, or downloadable forms. Media presentations are published in an interactive digital format online; a one-page overview will be included in the print issue.
What is the preferred style?
The hallmark of manuscripts accepted for publication in TEC is their focus on the practical application of knowledge to improve programs or services for students with disabilities or those who are gifted. We encourage authors to write in an easy-to-read conversational style that engages our practitioner audience and avoids academic prose and jargon. As suggested by the literature on improving practice with research, TEC’s focus is impacting how teachers think about their work and providing teachers with tools for improving their practice. Manuscripts should be well organized and concise, and provide an explicit connection to the current professional literature on evidence-based practice in the field. We encourage authors to include scenarios or examples (not formal case studies) illustrating how suggested practices might be implemented with one or more individuals or in different contexts. We look for manuscripts that have a simple message with immediate application to practice and which provide specific and detailed guidelines that enable practitioners to immediately and easily implement the suggested practices in their own settings.”
Authors should use “person-first” language: We focus on the person even as we acknowledge the exceptionality, both figuratively and literally. This standard will result in terms such as “people with disabilities” rather than “the disabled” or “students who are gifted” instead of “gifted students.”
TEC articles generally incorporate tables, figures, sidebars, and supplementary multimedia content (i.e., video or audio files) that provide valuable supplementary information (e.g., web sites, frameworks, guidelines, sample activities or materials, readings for further study, quotes or viewpoints of individuals who have been engaged in the suggested practice). The editorial staff views these design elements as essential for three reasons:
- Sidebars and supplemental materials enhance reader understanding of the topic and allow authors to highlight quotes, viewpoints, or profiles of individuals from groups that traditionally have been underrepresented in the literature. We are particularly interested in increasing the number of voices in TEC to reflect the diversity of the children and youth we serve as well as the diversity of professional roles that provide services.
- Research on adoption of innovation indicates that practitioners are at different levels in their interest and understanding. As a result, we encourage authors to recognize this continuum of knowledge and skill and use tables, figures, and sidebars to provide information and resources that will enable self-directed readers to advance their knowledge and skill about the topic, whether they are novices or fairly well informed about the topic.
- Graphic elements (in print, tables and figures; for online publication, videos and downloadable resources) are essential in preparing visually interesting layouts that allow information to be easily understood and readily applied by readers.
What types of manuscripts are not appropriate for TEC?
TEC does not publish manuscripts that present descriptive, experimental, or applied research projects, general overviews, literature reviews, annotated bibliographies, book or media reviews, unsolicited editorials, position papers, program or product descriptions, term papers, theses or dissertations, personal experiences or stories, media portrayals, or poetry. We also do not publish manuscripts that present a topic or issue that does not address special education or individuals with exceptionalities at the preschool, elementary, secondary, or post-secondary level. CEC cannot publish manuscripts that contain content that has previously been published elsewhere or that is primarily designed to advertise a commercially available product.
What is the preferred format?
Documents should be submitted in a current version of Microsoft Word; have 1-inch margins; be double-spaced, including quotations and references; and use a standard 12-point font such as Times New Roman. Figures, tables, and images must be embedded in the main manuscript file and not submitted as additional files or reviewers will be unable to see them. Authors will be expected to optimize image files for the web during the submission and review process and also should be prepared to submit hi-res, camera-ready copy of graphic files (e.g., Excel-generated figures, photographs, illustrations). Authors who wish to use material for which they do not own the copyright must obtain written permission from the copyright holder.
Authors should indicate the preferred position of tables, figures, and other graphic elements in the manuscript and reference each as a “call-out” in the narrative. TEC does not use appendices and these should be renumbered as figures or tables. TEC does not use footnotes in articles. Any information that appears in a footnote should be reworked into the text of the article.
Media files cannot be uploaded to the review system; authors should arrange to host these segments on a separate server and embed links in the manuscript to provide access to the media.
For rules governing general format, headings, citations and references, and other style components, authors should consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) (6th ed., The American Psychological Association, 2010). This style guide also includes a detailed Checklist for Manuscript Submission.
What is the preferred length?
Manuscripts published in TEC generally are at least 12 pages and do not exceed 18 double-spaced pages, including the cover page, abstract, figures, and references. Supplemental materials that are published in an interactive format may exceed this page limit or may be submitted in formats (such as audio or video files) that cannot be measured in pages.
References should be limited to a maximum of two manuscript pages and should be focused on establishing the evidence base for the suggested practices rather than providing general background. All references should be listed in complete agreement with text citations. Supply the DOI number from crossref.org if one has been assigned. CEC requests authors to include references that are no more than 10 years old, with the exception of seminal information.
What should I know about copyright before submitting my manuscript to TEC?
Manuscripts will be accepted for review provided that:
- The cover letter indicates that the manuscript has not been published in whole or substantial part by another publisher and that the manuscript is not being considered concurrently in whole or substantial part by another publisher.
- TEC has the exclusive option on possible publication for a period of 6 months following receipt of the manuscript.
- The author assumes responsibility for publication clearance in the event the manuscript was presented at a professional meeting or is the direct product of a project financed by a funding agency.
- The author is prepared to grant the exclusive license to publish to CEC for the purpose of publication.
In addition, authors should note that:
- Authors are responsible for the authenticity and permission to use all quoted material and bibliographic citations from the original source for lengthy quotes and for tables or figures reproduced or adapted from published works. Authors should contact the copyright holder for the publisher’s specific policies and procedures and to request permission for use.
- Viewpoints expressed in TEC articles are those of the author alone; CEC and the Editors assume no responsibility for statements or opinions expressed by TEC contributors.
A list of frequently asked questions about the contributor agreement, copyright, and permissions can be found here: http://www.sagepub.com/journalgateway/pubPolicies.htm#
How can authors check the manuscript before submission?
Prior to submitting your manuscript to TEC, review the following checklist. Have you:
Prepared a cover letter? Authors must guarantee that the manuscript is an original work that has not been previously published and that the manuscript is not being considered concurrently in whole or substantial part by another publisher. Include the name, address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address (if available) of each author.
Included an abstract? The first page of the manuscript should repeat the title of the manuscript and include an abstract of no more than 150 words. (The abstract is not printed with the published article but is used for descriptions and marketing.) The name(s) of the author(s) should not appear on this or any subsequent page of text.
Provided a reasonable list of keywords? Keywords are used by search engines to identify articles that address specific topics. Authors are encouraged to be prudent in identifying keywords. Carefully consider the terms that would likely be used by a reader seeking an article on a topic of interest. For example, an article on teaching reading skills to adolescent students with autism might use the keywords “autism,” “reading,” and “adolescent,” but would not be helped by terms such as “disabilities,” “secondary,” or “language arts.”
What happens to a manuscript once it is received by CEC?
When a manuscript is received in the TEC system, the Editor reviews it and decides whether to forward the manuscript for peer review. The Editor might not accept a manuscript that:
- Is on a topic not directly related to the focus of or audience for the journal.
- Fails to follow the manuscript guidelines concerning length, format, and style.
- Covers a topic addressed in TEC within the past 2 years or slated for publication in the near future.
Authors will be promptly notified when manuscripts are not accepted for peer review so that they can seek other avenues for publication. After a manuscript has been accepted for peer review, the status of the manuscript can be tracked by logging on to TEC's SAGE track website (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tec). Authors are encouraged to contact the editor any time during the review process if they have questions about the status of their manuscript.
What should I know about the peer review process?
Manuscripts submitted to TEC go through a blind review process; that is, the author’s identity is unknown to the reader. Typically, at least three reviewers with expertise in the areas addressed by the submission evaluate it on the basis of the importance of the topic, originality, clarity, accuracy and validity of the content, value of the contribution to the professional literature, implications for special education practitioners, and quality of the writing. Typically, this process takes about 6 to 8 weeks.
The peer reviewers send their recommendations to the Editor. After reviewing these recommendations, the Editor may decline to publish the material, request a revision with a stipulation for further peer review, request a revision subject to additional review by TEC editorial staff, or accept the submission as is. Almost all manuscripts submitted to TEC will involve some level of additional revision prior to publication. The editorial decision and rationale will be communicated in an e-mail to the first author, who will also be able to access copies of the peer reviews. Decisions to accept or decline a manuscript are informed by the reviewers’ comments, content analysis of previously published materials, and previous commitments to publish materials.
What is the acceptance rate for material submitted to TEC?
Data from the last several years indicate that about 20% of manuscripts submitted to TEC are accepted for publication.
Can authors appeal a decision?
Authors who believe that their manuscript was not reviewed in a careful or timely manner and in accordance with CEC’s procedures should bring the matter to the attention of the Director of Publications.
What happens after material is accepted for publication?
A submission that receives favorable comments from reviewers and concurrence from the Editor is given tentative approval for publication. This approval is conditional upon any specific suggested revisions or submission of supporting materials. Publication in TEC typically occurs several months after initial acceptance. The final decision to publish material is made after satisfactory completion of revisions outlined by the Editors or submission of supporting materials. When a manuscript is accepted for publication, the author will need to provide a final-version electronic copy that includes final versions of tables, figures, references, web links, and graphics. CEC may request camera-ready copies of tables and figures prior to publication.
What happens during production?
After acceptance, manuscripts are placed in a publication queue. Themes for issues and date of acceptance determine the order in which articles appear. About 4 to 6 weeks after the manuscript is scheduled for publication, CEC publications staff will contact the author (or lead author) to finalize the process.
The author is notified and asked to sign an Exclusive License to Publish Agreement. Questions regarding rights and permissions for the use of CEC-copyrighted materials should be directed to the Publications Section of the Professional Development Unit at CEC. Information about how to request permission for material published in TEC is available here: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsProdDesc.nav?prodId=Journal202279#tabview=permissions. Authors who wish to use material, such as figures or tables, for which they do not own the copyright, must obtain written permission from the copyright holder (usually the publisher) and submit permission forms to CEC with their manuscripts. CEC also requires signed releases from all individuals appearing in photos in manuscripts submitted for publication. Photo guidelines and release forms are available from the Associate Editors and from the Senior Journals Production Editor.
At this point, the manuscript is given to a copy editor for review. The editorial staff of TEC reserves the right to make editorial changes that do not materially affect the meaning of the text. Usually, this will be limited to minor changes in wording or placement of figures, tables, photos, and sidebars. The author may receive queries from the publisher during this process.
The article is then converted into a publishing software format, and the Production Editor will send galley proofs to the author. TEC editors read proofs for errors in typesetting and other defects. Upon publication of an article in TEC, the lead author will receive an electronic copy of the article.
Who’s Who (and Where) at TEC
Kristin L. Sayeski, PhD
University of Georgia
WHERE TO SUBMIT MANUSCRIPTS