Concordia University Chicago's LBS 1 Endorsement Program is 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 may include candidates who are interested in transferring into a special education classroom setting or want to bring special education skills to their current teaching area of expertise. These educators are those looking to develop and refine competencies in research-proven theory and instructional practice in meeting the diverse, specialized needs of all learners in a variety of school settings. This course of study builds and strengthens a theoretical understanding of the foundations of special education while expanding the practical skills necessary to be successful as teacher of students receiving special education services.
This program provides an LBS1 endorsement that matches the grade level on the student’s existing Professional Educator’s License (PEL). This endorsement prepares candidates to take the LBS1 examination.
As part of the course of study, candidates will be required to complete 100 field work hours (divided between your courses) at a school or other suitable location. Observations and field work with exceptional learners in special and general education settings provide an opportunity to apply and reflect on knowledge and skills learned through coursework.
This program will enable candidates to:
All courses are sequential and customarily taken in the order listed below:
These courses fulfill the State of Illinois requirement for Special Education endorsement.