Licensure & Endorsements

In addition to earning the Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL), students in the MEd Special Education program are eligible to pursue the following endorsements to the PEL:

Early Childhood Special Education Endorsement

This endorsement qualifies teachers with a Professional Educator License 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.

Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS I) Endorsement

The Illinois Learning Behavior Specialist I endorsement enables teachers to work with students with a wide range of disabilities, ages 5 – 21, in several instructional delivery models that include teaching in inclusionary settings through consultation and collaborative teaching, and with small groups and in small class settings.  Current general education teachers and those persons new to teaching are invited to apply.

Learning Behavior Specialist II (LBS II) Endorsements

Currently licensed teachers with LBS I endorsement can pursue LBS II endorsements through the MEd Special Education.  Please see the Degree Requirements for Group 3.

Illinois Learning Behavior Specialist 2 endorsements enable current special educators holding the LBS1 endorsement (ages 5-21) to become a specialist in 6 IL-approved areas:  Assistive Technology Specialist, Behavior Intervention Specialist, Bilingual Special Education Specialist, Curriculum Adaptation Specialist, Multiple Disability Specialist and Transition Specialist.

  • Assistive Technology Specialist – Support students through use of a wide range of state-of-the-art Assistive Technology clinical services.
  • Behavior Intervention Specialist – Support all students with challenging behaviors that may occur across multiple settings and concurrent with a range of other 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.
  • Transition Specialist – Support students and families to improve school outcomes; interface with community organizations and agencies.

Bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsements

The Bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsements are for undergraduate or graduate students who are pursuing, or who have earned, an Illinois Professional Educator License. The endorsements enable students to teach in a Bilingual and/or English as a Second Language setting. Graduate students do not need to be admitted to a degree program to take the required courses.