Special Education Endorsement (LBS1)

To earn a licensure endorsement, teachers must currently hold a teaching position and be licensed to teach in Illinois.

All teachers earning an endorsement who want to add the endorsement to their professional educator license should apply online.

The Special Education endorsement for the State of Illinois may be earned through a 4- to 5-course sequence. The endorsement may be added to an Illinois early childhood, elementary, secondary or special PK-12 license. The endorsement requires the equivalent of 15 semester hours; however, an introduction to special education methods course may be substituted for one of the graduate courses. The State of Illinois Learning Behavior Specialist 1 exam is required for this endorsement.

Special Education Endorsement Course Requirements

The special education endorsement on an Illinois Professional Educator License requires the completion of five core courses:

  • MTL 514 Characteristics of Learners with Disabilities
  • MTL 524 The Educational Assessment Process and Learners with Disabilities
  • MTL 532 Teaching and Learning in the Diverse Classroom (may be waived for teachers who completed an introduction to special education as part of their initial licensure)
  • MTL 535 Curriculum and Instruction for Learners with High Incidence Disabilities
  • MTL 537 Curriculum and Instruction for Learners with Low Incidence Disabilities

Some coursework requires working with students with mild-moderate/severe disabilities.

The Special Education endorsement may also be earned as part of 34-semester-hour M.S.Ed. in Special Education.

Admission Requirements for the Special Education Endorsement

You will need:

  • An application for admission for graduate study: apply online.
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended. (Elmhurst University alumni do not need to request a copy of their Elmhurst transcripts.)
  • A copy of your Illinois professional educator license.

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