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 program provides an LBS1 endorsement that matches the grade level on the student’s existing Professional Educator’s License (PEL).
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.