The Master of Education in Special Education will prepare you to teach students with exceptionalities in kindergarten through 12th grade in a variety of urban and suburban educational settings, including public and private schools. By completing the Special Education program, you will be eligible for the Illinois Learning and Behavior Specialist I (LBS1) license, provided you complete additional state requirements.
The program contains three concentrations:
- Pre-service Special Education (PSE) for candidates seeking an initial Illinois licensure.
- Special Education for Teachers (SET) for candidates who already hold a current and valid Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL).
- Special and Elementary Education (SEE) for candidates seeking an initial Illinois licensure with endorsements in special education and elementary.
The PSE concentration has two tracks, a 6-quarter general program and a one-year residency program. The residency track is offered in collaboration with the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL).
Pre-service Special Education (PSE) candidates are eligible for Illinois licensure with an LBS1 endorsement (preK-age 21) upon completion of the master's program, and any additional Illinois State Board of Education requirements (e.g., licensure tests, edTPA, etc.).
Special Education for Teachers (SET) candidates pursuing a master's are eligible for an LBS1 endorsement (preK-age 21) upon completion of the program and any additional Illinois State Board of Education requirements (e.g., licensure tests). Endorsement-only options (without a master's degree) for either preK-age 21 or for the grade band of the initial PEL are also available. Note: Courses in the SET concentration are designed for practicing educators and are not open to students seeking an initial Illinois teaching license.
Special and Elementary Education (SEE) candidates are eligible for Illinois licensure with an LBSI endorsement (preK-age 21) and an Elementary Education Endorsement (1-6).