Special Education, LBS 1

Study Options

  • Online classes

The LBS 1 Endorsement is program designed for licensed educators (Type 03, 09, 10, or 29 certificates) with two or more years of teaching experience interested in working with a special education population or developing the skills necessary to work with students with specific learning needs within their current teaching situation.

This endorsement will prepare you to take the LBS 1 examination. You will learn how to meet the academic and learning needs exceptional learners. Through this course of study, you will build and strengthen a theoretical understanding of the foundations of special education while learning practical skills necessary to be successful as teacher of Special Education students.

As part of your course of study, you will be required to complete 100 field work hours (divided between your courses) at a school of your choice. Your observations and work with exceptional learners in special and regular education settings will serve as an opportunity for you to apply and reflect on what you learn in your courses.

Our unique cohort system groups students together throughout their educational experience. You will complete the program one class at a time, in a pre-determined sequence in a face-to face setting or online environment.

Program Requirements

  • Two years of teaching acquired prior to completion of the graduate program
  • Hold a valid initial or existing Type 03, 09, 10, or 29 certificate
  • Completion of 18 credit hours of course work

Core Courses (18 hours)

These classes are available in the classroom or online.

Psychology and Methods of Teaching the Exceptional Learner (3 hours)

This course is designed to identify the characteristics of exceptional learners. Applicable laws and policies, Response to Intervention, educational program development based on empirically-supported instructional techniques, assessment and IEP procedures, and transition planning will be examined.

Characteristics and Learning Needs of Students with Academic and Physical Challenges (3 hours)

This course is designed to identify the characteristics of individuals ages 3-21 with moderate and severe developmental, physical, and multiple disabilities. The course will examine the impact of language disorders, processing deficits, behavioral/emotional and sensory disabilities on the development of individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities. The course will examine opportunities to support learning, social, personal daily living, and vocational needs of students.

Instructional Strategies for Students with Academic and Physical Challenges (3 hours)

This course is designed to examine the curriculum, instruction, and materials for teaching students with moderate and severe developmental disabilities and students with physical disabilities. The course will also examine strategies for activities of daily living and the use adaptive technology.

Characteristics and Learning Needs of Students with Specific Learning Disabilities and Emotional Disabilities (3 hours)

This course is designed to identify the characteristics of individuals ages 3-21 with specific learning disabilities and emotional disabilities. The impact of characteristics on the cognitive, academic, language, and social development of individuals will be examined.

Instructional Strategies for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities and Emotional Disabilities (3 hours)

This course is designed to examine the organization and implementation of curriculum, materials and management to facilitate acquisition, maintenance, and generalization of skills for students with learning disabilities. The course also examines the organization of the classroom and school environment for teaching and facilitating social, behavioral, and emotional needs of students with emotional disorders. Also included are instructional planning and design, instructional and community goals.

Curriculum Based and Educational Measurement of Exceptional Learners (3 hours)

This course is designed to examine the diagnostic procedures that guide instruction of exceptional learners within the least restrictive environment. The course will also include use and analysis of standardized and curriculum based assessment and assessment techniques to support the learning of students.

The special education endorsement is aligned with Council for Exceptional Learners (CEC) standards.

Endorsement Process

Students must pass the Illinois Content Area Test for Special Education (Learning Behavior Specialist 1 Test 155). Students apply for endorsement through the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) via the Regional Offices of Education. ISBE Form 73-52, official transcripts, and any fees must be submitted to the state before the endorsement is given. Upon approval, the student will obtain a LBS 1 Limited endorsement. This endorsement allows the endorsement holder to teach Special Education students within the age and grade limits of their teaching certificate.