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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 Learning and Behavior Specialist 1 (LBS1) endorsement only program, students must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a valid Illinois teaching license.

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

  • A completed graduate application
  • Application fee ($40.00)
  • Copy of a valid Illinois teacher license
  • A bachelor’s degree conferred by an accredited, recognized institution
  • A previous grade point average of 2.75 or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Two letters of reference, one of which must be from persons familiar with your academic work
  • One official transcript from each college or university attended
  • Personal statement(see below)*
  • Resume or curriculum vitae showing evidence of adequate background for the program.
  • The admission process also may include an interview with program faculty.

 *Personal statement

Write a personal statement that discusses your future goals and your thoughts about your career as a special educator. As part of your statement please consider the following: the possible tasks/roles of a special education teacher are multiple and include inclusion specialist, team teacher with general educators, specialized instruction for exceptional students, advocate for exceptional students, response to intervention (RTI) coordinator, case manager or provider of staff development. From your perspective, rank order the tasks/roles and discuss your rationale for the top ranked roles.  

Course Requirements

Endorsement-Only Requirements 24 hours required, grade of B+ or better required  

Licensure Tests  

All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their teaching license.  LBS1 Endorsement students must complete the following tests: 

  • 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.