Minor in Educating Students with Exceptionalities
The minor in educating students with exceptionalities prepares general educators (K-12) to provide special education services to students with exceptionalities who are in their general education classrooms.
Students who have completed this minor are eligible to earn the Learning Behavior Specialist I Endorsement, which is increasingly attractive to school districts as more general education districts, schools, and classrooms adopt inclusive special education service delivery options.
- The minor is only available to students who are formally admitted to a teacher education program.
- Students are required to complete all courses with a grade of C- (1.7) or higher and a 2.75 minor GPA.
- The courses required for the minor satisfy the requirements for the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Learning Behavior Specialist 1 endorsement. Teacher candidates will need to pass the LBS1 (155) state content exam to earn this endorsement.
Completion of the minor requires 18 semester hours of coursework in special education, including:
- SPE 320 Establishing Professional Relationships: Communication and Collaboration
- SPE 338 Characteristics of Learners II
- SPE 434 Academic Curriculum/Assessment/Instructional Strategies
- SPE 438 Functional Curriculum/Assessment/Instructional Strategies
- SPE 440 Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties
- SPE 442 Remediation of Difficulties in Understanding and Applying Mathematics