Sep 16, 2021  
2021-2022 University Bulletin 
    
2021-2022 University Bulletin

Master of Science in Special Education


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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:

Admission Requirements


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.

Additional Requirements


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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. As of September 1, 2015 any candidate seeking initial licensure must pass the edTPA.

Additional Information


Endorsement requirements for candidates who already hold a current valid teaching license are adjusted as follows:

Candidates who hold an elementary teaching endorsed license or those who have taken a reading methodology course are not required to complete EDU 533 - Reading and Writing Instruction and Improvement .

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