Learning Behavior Specialist

This endorsement is offered online.

The Learning Behavior Specialist 1 (LBS1) endorsement is sought after by PK-12 teachers for the purpose of gaining an additional endorsement to be qualified to teach in a special education setting. The course titles and descriptions have been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. The student populations with which they will be endorsed to work are diagnosed with specific learning disabilities, social emotional disorders, mental retardation, physically handicapped, autism, and traumatic brain injury. Each course may be taken for elective credit in the Masters of Education degree program.

A passing grade in an EDL course is considered to be B or above. A failing grade is given for work below that level. A maximum of eight hours of C (2.0) grades is applicable to the degree (grades of C- or lower are not accepted), provided that a minimum GPA of 3.0 is reached at time of graduation and an approved Student Petition is on file in the Office of Records and Registration.

EDL 554 Characteristics of Exceptional Children 4
EDL 573 Survey of Exceptional Children 4
EDL 558 Strategies for Teaching Children with Special Needs I 2
EDL 559 Strategies for Teaching Children with Special Needs II 2
EDL 553 Assessment of Students’ Learning Difficulties and Disabilities 4
Total Hours 16

Candidates must take and pass ISBE Licensure Exam(s) in their specific area(s) to qualify for state of Illinois entitlement.