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Autumn 2014-2015
Catalog update:
May 15, 2014

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Students are required to follow the Academic Handbook and Code of Student Responsibility

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for the Early Childhood Special Education (LBS1) endorsement, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university as well as a valid professional educator license that includes an early childhood education endorsement.

To apply, please submit the following items to The Office of Graduate Admission:

  • A completed application
  • Application fee ($40)
  • One official transcript from all colleges and/or universities attended
  • A copy of a valid professional educator license
  • A resume or curriculum vitae demonstrating evidence of adequate background for the program
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or supervisors
  • Statement of purpose indicating professional development goals and related experience (750 words)

Course Requirements

Students who have completed the DePaul Early Childhood Education program can elect to take the following additional classes to qualify for the LBS1 endorsement on their professional educator license.  Students who have IL Type 04 ECE Certification or ECE License from IL or elsewhere can also acquire this endorsement.  To do so, the student's transcripts will be reviewed in comparison to the DePaul Early Childhood Program and any additional courses will be delineated.  

Graduate Courses:  grade of C or better required

Undergraduate Courses:  grade of C or better required

Licensure Test  

All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their teaching license.  Individuals seeking the LBS1 Endorsement must complete the following test: 
  • LBS1 Content Area Test (test #155) – assesses knowledge of working with students with disabilities and special needs.

Endorsement Application

Individuals must submit an application directly to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) upon successful completion of the required coursework and licensure tests.  All individuals must meet ISBE requirements at the time of application.  Requirements are subject to change per the discretion of ISBE.