Successful completion of the following requirements leads to a Master of Science in Special Education with entitlement to a Professional Educator License with Learning Behavior Specialist I (P-21) endorsement:
Candidate for admission must hold a valid Professional Educator License appropriate for the approval/endorsement. Upon submission of a completed online application, the School of Education licensure officer will verify the candidate’s Illinois Professional Educator License.
Candidates who do not hold a current valid teaching license complete the following 39 credit hours, including 33 hours in classroom/theory coursework and 6 credit hours in internship/clinical practice:
General Education Competencies for Unlicensed Candidates
Persons seeking the State of Illinois Learning Behavior Specialist I Special Education licensure as their initial teaching license must meet required general education competencies as outlined by the School of Education.
Illinois Licensure Testing System Requirements
Persons seeking a State of Illinois Professional Educator License with Learning Behavior Specialist I (P-21) Endorsement must pass the Illinois Licensure Testing System’s required content area tests for Learning Behavior Specialist I.
The candidate must take and pass the LBSI (#155) test prior to placement for clinical practice (student teaching) or clinical internship as specified by the School of Education.
The candidate must pass the Special Education General Curriculum Test (#163) prior to applying for clinical practice or clinical internship as specified by the School of Education.
As of September 1, 2015 any candidate seeking initial licensure must pass the edTPA.
Endorsement requirements for candidates who already hold a current valid teaching license are adjusted as follows: