Special Education (Learning and Behavior Specialist 1) Endorsement - Undergraduate Program

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To be eligible for the Learning and Behavior Specialist 1 (LBS1) endorsement at the undergraduate level, the candidate must be currently enrolled in a College of Education degree-seeking program resulting in initial licensure.

Course Requirements

Endorsement Requirements: 18 Hours Required, Grade of C or Better Required

Complete these courses:

Course Title Quarter Hours
SER 302INSTRUCTION AND DIFFERENTIATION IN SPECIAL EDUCATION4
SER 321FORMAL ASSESSMENT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION4
Area 1
SER 301INTRO TO SPECIAL EDUCATION II - FOUNDATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS4
or SER 346 STRATEGIES FOR MAINSTREAMING AND INCLUSION
Area 2
SER 322TEACHING STUDENTS WITH SIGNIFICANT DISABILITIES I: ACADEMICS, LIFE SKILLS, & TRANSITION4
or SER 323 TEACHING STUDENTS WITH SIGNIFICANT DISABILITIES II: COMMUNICATION & SOCIAL SKILLS
Area 3
SER 324PRACTICUM: INCLUSION SETTING2
or SER 327 PRACTICUM: SELF-CONTAINED SETTING

Licensure Tests 

All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their teaching license. LBS1 Endorsement students must complete the following tests:

  • LBS1 Content Area Test (test #155) – assesses knowledge of working with students with disabilities and special needs. 

Endorsement Application

Individuals must submit an application directly to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) upon successful completion of the required coursework and licensure tests. All individuals must meet ISBE requirements at the time of application. Requirements are subject to change per the discretion of ISBE.