About our Students
The MEd Special Education program welcomes four different groups of students:
- Students entirely new to the teaching profession, who seek both teacher licensure and the Illinois Learning Behavior Specialist 1 (LBS1) endorsement
- Students who are currently licensed teachers but new to special education and seek the Illinois Learning Behavior Specialist 1 (LBS1) endorsement
- Students who are currently licensed special education teachers who hold a Learning Behavior Specialist 1 (LBS1) endorsement and seek Illinois Learning Behavior Specialist 2 (LBS2) endorsement(s)
- Students seeking new knowledge about special education but who are not interested in teacher licensure or Illinois endorsements
The Illinois Learning Behavior Specialist 1 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.
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.
- Bilingual Specialist – Support all students who are English language learners (ELLs) and who may also have disabilities (currently not accepting students for this endorsement).
- 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.