Loyola University Chicago

School of Education


Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBSI) Endorsement

The LBSI Endorsement Only Program will focus on building capacity for licensed teachers to become true advocates for students with disabilities, and those at risk of developing them. Practicing teacher will gain an increased understanding of academic, behavior, and quality of life supports for their students to increase their efficacy in the classroom and to build their capacity to problem solve issues related to the needs of their communities.  After completing this series of courses and passing the Illinois State Board of Education LBSI Content Exam (155) candidates will be eligible for LBSI Endorsement on their current Professional Educator License.

Our program blends face-to-face and online hybrid classes (up to 40%) and includes a flexible yet effective clinical component. Students are able to complete some clinical requirements in their own schools depending on their setting. The Special Education Endorsement offers a depth of strategies relevant to all students while still maintaining a reasonable time line for earning the LBSI Endorsement.

Most classes are taught at our beautiful and updated Lake Shore Campus. These classes include the convince of hybrid online format. We focus on providing courses for teachers who are working full time. Student can enroll for a part-time or full-time course load.  On-campus classes typically start at 5 PM or later to allow teachers to arrive at campus following their teaching responsibilities. ​Most classes are offered during the fall and spring semesters.


Applicants will hold a valid teaching license. Candidates without a general education endorsement should apply to the MEd in Special Education for non-teachers.

Required Courses (18 semester hours)

  • CIEP 401: The Exceptional Child
  • CIEP 477: Academic Assessment and Interventions
  • CIEP 478: Behavior Assessment and Interventions
  • CIEP 501: Exceptional Learner Part II
  • CIEP 510: Accessing and Adapting the General
                       Education Curriculum
  • CIEP 511: Developmental Theory and Disabilities

Course Sequences

The LBSI Endorsement program comprises one year of coursework (18 total hours) that is completed in a specified sequence (subject to change).

Summer CIEP 401 The Exceptional Child
CIEP 511 Developmental Theory and Disabilities
Fall CIEP 477 Academic Assessment and Interventions
CIEP 478 Behavior Assessment and Interventions
Spring CIEP 501 Exceptional Learner Part II
CIEP 510 Accessing and Adapting the General
                  Education Curriculum

Continuous Enrollments: Master's candidates in Special Education are required to maintain the status of continuous enrollment during their program of studies. This means that during each semester of each academic year (excluding Summer Sessions), each candidate must enroll in at least one course. A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request and the approval of the School of Education’s Associate Dean of Student Academic Services.

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