Early Childhood Special Education Endorsement

This endorsement qualifies teachers with a Type 04 certificate to teach children with disabilities from birth to age 5, and qualifies teachers with an LBS I certificate to teach children with special needs, ages 3 through 5.

Endorsement Contact

Earning the Endorsement Only (for licensed teachers)

Educators with a Type 04 certificate or an LBS 1 endorsement do not need be be enrolled in a degree program to pursue this endorsement.

Licensed teachers can complete the courses for the Early Childhood Special Education endorsement as non-degree students through UIC Extended Campus.

Earning the Endorsement with a Degree

For students without Type 04 certification or LBS1 endorsement, this endorsement can be pursued as part of the following programs:

Endorsement Requirements

The endorsement consists of 4 required courses:

  • SPED 506 Characteristics and Assessment of Young Children with Disabilities
  • SPED 508  Methods of Instruction and Assessment with Young Children with Disabilities
  • SPED/EPSY 482  Forging Collaborations with Families and Community
  • SPED/ESPY 466  Language Development, Diversity, and Disabilities