Learning Behavior Specialist 2 (LBS2) Endorsements

The Learning Behavior Specialist 2 (LBS2) endorsements are for special education teachers who have an Illinois LBS1 endorsement 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.

The UIC Department of Special Education offers the only program in the Chicago area with all 5 LBS2 options. Choose from:

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

Earning the Endorsement Only (for licensed, LBS1-endorsed teachers)

Prospective students may apply for LBS2 endorsements through UIC Extended Campus 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 an Extended Campus student to begin the LBS2 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.

Please note that if you choose this option, as a non-degree student you will not be eligible for scholarships and financial aid.

Earning the Endorsement with a Master's Degree

Licensed teachers with an LBS1 endorsement can earn the LBS2 through our Master’s in Special Education program. Applicants will need to provide proof of:

  • One year of teaching experience in special education
  • Completion of a research methods course, or the intention to take one

When applying to the master’s degree with LBS2, choose the Group 3 track. Group 3 applicants can apply to begin in the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters. See deadlines and application info.

Scholarship opportunity: Project ATLiS is a UIC scholarship program for licensed teachers with an LBS1 looking to earn their Master’s in Special Education with an LBS2 endorsement.

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

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