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Learning Behavior Specialist II (LBS2) Endorsements

UIC’s Department of Special Education will run an LBS2 cohort focused on Behavior Intervention starting in January 2023. If you are interested in participating in this cohort, please indicate your intent to enroll at this link. If you are interested in earning an LBS2 in a different endorsement area, please complete the form below.

LBS2 Endorsement Interest Form Heading link

  • Name * Required
  • LBS2 Endorsement Type * Required
    Check all the LBS2 Endorsements you are interested in pursuing.
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About the LBS2 Endorsement Heading link

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. Students who earn the LBS2 endorsement learn to design, implement and evaluate instructional programs for special education students based on their specialty. Official LBS2 specialties include:

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

Earning the Endorsement Only Heading link

Students who aren’t interested in pursuing a master’s degree can enroll in other endorsement courses through UIC’s Extended Campus programs. Up to 12 hours taken as a continuing education student can be transferred to a relevant master’s degree program once you are accepted.

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

Earning the Endorsement with a Master's Degree Heading link

Licensed teachers with an LBS1 endorsement can earn the LBS2 through a master’s 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

UIC offers test preparation support for the required LBS2 state exams. UIC students across all LBS2 specializations have outstanding state exam pass rates of 95% or higher on the first take of the exam.

Course Requirements Heading link

Behavior Intervention Specialist (6 courses)

  • SPED 509 – Educational Implications of Learners with Low-Incidence and Multiple Disabilities
  • SPED 510 – Advanced Curricular Adaptations for Learners with Significant and Multiple Disabilities
  • SPED 514 – Principles of ABA and Experimental Analysis of Behavior*
  • SPED 517 – Principles of ABA and Experimental Analysis of Behavior*
  • SPED 522 – Advanced Procedures in Special Education as Consultant
  • SPED 578 – School and Community-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 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 Education as Consultant
  • SPED 578 – School and Community-Based Inquiry Internship

Multiple Disabilities Specialist (6 courses)

  • SPED/DHD 440 – Introduction to Assistive Technology: Principles and Practice
  • SPED 509 – Educational Implications of Learners with Low-Incidence and Multiple Disabilities*
  • SPED 510 – Advanced Curricular Adaptations for Learners with Significant and Multiple Disabilities*
  • SPED 515 – Transition Planning and Vocational Programming for Students with Disabilities, Part 1
  • SPED 522 – Advanced Procedures in Special Education as Consultant
  • SPED 578 – School and Community-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 – School and Community-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 – School and Community-Based Inquiry Internship
  • SPED 510 – Advanced Curricular Adaptations for Learners with Significant and Multiple Disabilities

* These courses must be taken sequentially, with the lower course number first.

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