Learning Behavior Specialist II Endorsements

The Department of Special Education offers coursework leading to Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS) II endorsements for special education teachers who have an Illinois LBS I 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

Endorsement Contacts

Endorsement Requirements

Behavior Intervention Specialist (6 courses)

  • SPED 522 Advanced Procedures in Special Education as Consultant
  • DHD 440 Introduction to Assistive Technology: Principles and Practice
  • DHD 555: Consideration, Assessment and Documentation of Assistive Technology in PreK-12 Educational Setting
  • 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
  • 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)

  • DHD 440 Introduction to Assistive Technology: Principles and Practice
  • SPED 511 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
  • SPED 517 Instructional Methods for Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
  • SPED 522 Advanced Procedures in Special Educator as Consultant
  • SPED 578 Classroom-Based Inquiry Internship

Multiple Disabilities Specialist (6 courses)

  • SPED/DHD 444 Assistive Technology for Literacy, Learning and Participation in Pre-K through High School
  • 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
  • SPED 517: Principles of ABA and Experimental Analysis of Behavior
  • SPED 522 Advanced Procedures in Special Educator as Consultant
  • SPED 578 Classroom-Based Inquiry Internship

Assistive Technology Specialist (6 courses)

  • SPED 522 Advanced Procedures in Special Education as Consultant
  • DHD 440 Introduction to Assistive Technology: Principles and Practice
  • DHD 555: Consideration, Assessment and Documentation of Assistive Technology in PreK-12 Educational Setting
  • 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
  • SPED 578: Classroom-Based Inquiry Internship

Transition Specialist (6 courses)

  • SPED 515 Transition Planning and Vocational Programming for Students with Disabilities, Part 1
  • SPED 516 Transition Planning and Vocational Programming for Students with Disabilities, Part 2
  • DHD 535 Advocacy and Empowerment in Disability
  • SPED 522 Advanced Procedures in Special Education as Consultant
  • SPED 578 Classroom-Based Inquiry Internship
  • 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

Applying as a Continuing Education Student

Usually, prospective students apply for LBS II endorsements through UIC Continuing Education for one of the following reasons:

  • 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.

Tuition structure differs from graduate programs.

  • 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.
  • Continuing education students are not eligible to apply for federal, state and institutional financial aid.

Application Process

Fall Deadline: July 15
Spring Deadline: November 1
Summer Deadline: February 1

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

To apply, follow the instructions in the admissions packet.