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Certificates/Endorsements

Learning Behavior Specialist 1

The Learning Behavior Specialist 1 (LBS1) endorsement is sought after by PK-12 teachers for the purpose of gaining qualification 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 Master of Teacher Leadership degree program.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

The purpose of the English as a Second Language graduate certificate program is to provide current K-12 teachers with a State of Illinois Endorsement in English as a Second Language (ESL) upon successful completion of the program. The ESL program prepares educational leaders to meet the needs of diverse non-English speaking students within K-12 classrooms. The ESL graduate certificate program is approved by Illinois State Board of Education for ESL endorsement for current IL certified educators.

A total of five courses and a clinical experience is required for program completion. Clinical experience is not required of students who meet the clinical experience requirement of the Illinois State Board of Education for English as a Second Language Letter of Approval/Endorsement based upon the diversity of the population within their work environment/experience.

Legal Aspects Graduate Certificate Program

The purpose of the Legal Aspects certificate program is to prepare collaborative, proactive educational leaders committed to improving the quality of educational legal knowledge in a variety of organizational contexts. The Legal Aspects certificate program is designed to acquaint UIS students with fundamental legal issues that impact Illinois elementary and secondary school districts. Adequate preparation as a professional educator requires exposure to a variety of the legal components affecting elementary and secondary education.

A total of ten courses are offered within the legal aspects certificate program. Successful completion the graduate certificate requires 18 credit hours.  Courses will focus on select topics school teachers would most likely encounter that are associated with governance in the educational workplace:

  • Federal and State Roles
  • Responsibilities of the Regional Office of Education
  • Local Education Agencies and Boards of Education
  • school finance
  • school restructuring
  • charter school
  • vouchers
  • proprietary schools
  • home schooling
  • site based management

Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Professional Development Coursework

The IDNR coursework may be completed for graduate credit or professional development hours. Candidates must be admitted to the University of Illinois at Springfield prior to enrolling in the coursework for graduate credit. Candidates will receive 60 Continuing Professional Development Units [CPDU] per 4-credit hour semester course.


National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), Master Teacher Certification Assistance Coursework

The Master Teacher Leadership (MTL) program offers coursework related to the National Board certification process. Candidates can complete an issues/trends course related to the NBPTS and/or assistance throughout the certification process. All National Board Certification coursework is lead by a National Board Certified Professional.