Program Options, Certificates & Endorsements

Learning Behavior Specialist II

The Department of Special Education offers coursework leading to a Learning Behavior Specialist II certificate for special education teachers who have an Illinois Learning Behavior Specialist 1 certificate and who seek to develop specialized knowledge and skills. This program prepares participants to design, implement and evaluate instructional programs for special education students based on their specialty. Earn your IL LBS II Endorsement through the UIC Department of Special Education in the College of Education. You will join one of the top teams of educators in the nation. UIC is the only program in the Chicago area to offer all 6 LBS II options. Choose from:

 

  1. Assistive Technology Specialist
  2. Behavior Intervention Specialist
  3. Bilingual Specialist
  4. Curriculum Adaptation Specialist
  5. Multiple Disabilities Specialist
  6. Transition Specialist

Project SET:  Seamless Effective Transition application will be available December 2012.  Please contact projectset.uic@gmail.com for all Project SET inquiries.

For more information, see the Learning Specialist II page on the Continuing Education website.

Option Requirements

Specialization

Course Title and Number

Behavior Intervention Specialist (6 courses)

  1. SPED 522 Advanced Procedures in Special Education as Consultant
  2. DHD 440 Introduction to Assistive Technology: Principles and Practice
  3. DHD 555: Consideration, Assessment and Documentation of Assistive Technology in PreK-12 Educational Setting
  4. SPED 510: Advanced Curricular Adaptations for Learners with Significant and Multiple Disabilities
  5. SPED 512: Advanced Procedures in Adaptations: Curricular and Social Adaptations for working with Learners with High Incidence Disabilities
  6. SPED 578: Classroom-Based Inquiry Internship

Bilingual Special Education Specialist (5 courses)

Not currently accepting students

Courses as advised per Advisor

Must also demonstrate bilingualism in one of the 14 target languages and pass the ISBE Target Language Proficiency Test (Arabic, Cantonese, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Urdu, Japanese, Korean, Lao, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Polish, Russian, or Spanish)

Curriculum Adaptation Specialist (6 courses)

  1. DHD 440 Introduction to Assistive Technology: Principles and Practice
  2. SPED 511 Advanced Curricular Adaptations for Learners with Significant and Multiple Disabilities
  3. SPED 512 Advanced Procedures in Adaptations: Curricular and Social Adaptations for working with Learners with high incidence disabilities
  4. SPED 517 Instructional Methods for Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
  5. SPED 522 Advanced Procedures in Special Educator as Consultant
  6. SPED 578 Classroom-Based Inquiry Internship

Multiple Disabilities Specialist (6 courses)

  1. SPED/DHD 444 Assistive Technology for Literacy, Learning and Participation in Pre-K through High School
  2. SPED 510: Advanced Curricular Adaptations for Learners with Significant and Multiple Disabilities
  3. SPED 512 Advanced Procedures in Adaptations: Curricular and Social Adaptations for working with Learners with High Incidence Disabilities
  4. SPED 517: Principles of ABA and Experimental Analysis of Behavior
  5. SPED 522 Advanced Procedures in Special Educator as Consultant
  6. SPED 578 Classroom-Based Inquiry Internship

Assistive Technology Specialist (6 courses)

  1. SPED 522 Advanced Procedures in Special Education as Consultant
  2. DHD 440 Introduction to Assistive Technology: Principles and Practice
  3. DHD 555: Consideration, Assessment and Documentation of Assistive Technology in PreK-12 Educational Setting
  4. SPED 510: Advanced Curricular Adaptations for Learners with Significant and Multiple Disabilities
  5. SPED 512: Advanced Procedures in Adaptations: Curricular and Social Adaptations for working with Learners with High Incidence Disabilities
  6. SPED 578: Classroom-Based Inquiry Internship

Transition Specialist (6 courses)

 

  1. SPED 515 Transition Planning and Vocational Programming for Students with Disabilities, Part 1
  2. SPED 516 Transition Planning and Vocational Programming for Students with Disabilities, Part 2
  3. DHD 535 Advocacy and Empowerment in Disability
  4. SPED 522 Advanced Procedures in Special Education as Consultant
  5. SPED 578 Classroom-Based Inquiry Internship
  6. One of the following courses:
    • SPED 510: Advanced Curricular Adaptations for Learners with Significant and Multiple Disabilities
    • SPED 512 Advanced Procedures in Adaptations: Curricular and Social Adaptations for working with Learners with High Incidence Disabilities

Options and Outcomes

Program Options

Behavior Intervention Specialist—Support all students with challenging behaviors that may occur across multiple settings and concurrent with a range of other disabilities

Bilingual Specialist—(*** currently not accepting students)  Support all students who are English language learners (ELLs) and who may also have disabilities

Curriculum Adaptation Specialist—Support students by learning best practices to differentiate instruction for students with academic and behavioral support needs

Multiple Disabilities Specialist—Support students with physical and intellectual disabilities and families to enhance the quality of life; interface with agencies, families, and related personnel

Technology Specialist—Support students through use of a wide range of state of the art Assistive Technology clinical services

Transition Specialist—Support students and families to improve school outcomes; interface with community organizations and agencies

 

Applying as a Master’s Degree Seeking Student

Applying as a Continuing Education Student

Who is this a good option for?
  • You do not yet have a master’s degree.
  • You are seeking a second master’s degree.
  • You want to earn two or more endorsements through the degree program.
  • You are interested in becoming certified in only one specialization and aren’t interested in a master’s degree.
  • You missed the deadline to apply to the master’s program. You can apply as a continuing education student to begin the LBS II coursework. Up to 12 hours taken as a continuing education student can be transferred to the master’s degree program if you apply and are accepted into it.
How do I apply? Complete the College of Education Application and all other supporting documents Complete the LBS II continuing education application
What are the application deadlines?
  • Fall – March 15
  • Spring – October 1
  • Summer – February 1
  • Fall – July 15
  • Spring – November 1
  • Summer – February 1
What are the tuition and fees? Are they due prior to the start of class?
  • Assessed campus range tuition and fees.
  • Pay campus fees and so have access to a range of campus services, including health insurance and the recreation facilities.
  • Billed shortly after the start of the semester.
  • Assessed an hourly tuition rate based on the campus tuition. Contact the Office of Continuing Education at (312) 996-8025 or oce@uic.edu for current rates.
  • Do not pay campus fees, so pay less than campus range rates, but do not have access to certain campus services such as health insurance and the fitness center.
  • Payment is due at the time of enrollment.
Can I apply for financial aid? Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid Web site for information about applying. Continuing education students are not eligible to apply for federal, state and institutional financial aid.

Program Outcomes

  • Learn evidence-based practices from department faculty all engaged in research and funded projects that draw on latest research-based teaching practices valued in schools.
  • Build leadership skills by learning advanced knowledge in one component of special education (e.g., behavior intervention) and acquiring skills to assume positions to reform education for students with disabilities and enhance advocacy for student and family rights.
  • Network with professionals (e.g., educators, therapists, community agency personnel, researchers) to change schooling and adult outcomes for students with disabilities.

Application Process

The admissions requirements for the LBS II program are the same for master’s degree seeking students and non-degree continuing education students:

  1. Hold Illinois full LBS I (ages 5 – 21) endorsement
  2. 2.75 GPA in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate studies and minimum 3.0 GPA in graduate studies
  3. Two or more years teaching experience with students with disabilities, including student teaching
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. Review of UIC Teacher Dispositions by one recommender and by the applicant
  6. Professional goal statement
  7. Resume
  8. Complete an interview and impromptu writing sample coordinated by the Special Education Department

There are two options for earning your LBS II endorsement. You can enter the program as a regular University student (traditional route) or you can enter the program as a continuing education student. Please click on this chart to help you decide which option is best for you. Once you have determined the best option for you, you can click the following links to access the applications:

Click here to apply as a traditional student and enter through the UIC Graduate College (financial aid available)
Click here to apply as a continuing education student

Please contact the UIC Department of Special Education Office for help in making your choice, if needed. We are at 312-996-5650 or acantero2@uic.edu (Ms. Cantero). You can also contact the Masters Programs Coordinator, Dr. Parker- Katz, at mparker@uic.edu.

 

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