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