M.Ed. in Special Education (for Licensed Teachers)
The learning behavior specialist I program prepares general education teachers to provide educational services for children and adolescents with disabilities. The program is non-categorical in philosophy and content to the maximum extent allowed by the new Illinois state guidelines for special education teacher endorsement. The program curriculum covers the knowledge and skills of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Content Standards for Special Educators-Learning Behavior Specialist I (LSBI). Students should hold a general education endorsement on the Professional Educator License (PEL) as a prerequisite for the program. This program is designed specifically for candidates who are full time teachers and desire to expand their working knowledge base for students with exceptionalities. Instructional formats include both in person and blended online formats. Classes meet at a convenient time to allow travel from schools. The program is accredited by CAEP and ISBE.
This degree is designed to ensure that candidates have the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the multiple and unique needs of students with learning, behavioral/emotional, mental, and/or physical disabilities at the elementary-, middle-, and high-school levels. Teachers trained through a non-categorical model are better prepared to work with students' complex and multiple needs. The curriculum is designed to provide a special emphasis on integrating research and practice.