Special Education, MA with LBS1 Endorsement

Offered in: Chicago

The MA program in Special Education with LBS1 endorsement is intended for students who wish to develop a rich and broad understanding of how to instruct diverse learners with special needs. However, the program also provides currently licensed teachers who hold an early childhood, elementary, or secondary endorsement with the courses necessary to receive state approval to teach students with special needs at the level of their existing endorsement.

Roosevelt's program in special education is a pre-K to age 21 program leading to an Illinois teaching license with an LBS1 endorsement. Completion of the program qualifies graduates to teach children with all areas of special education needs, with the exception of sensory impairments and communication disorders. The LBS1 classification includes the former categories of learning disabilities, mental retardation, severe emotional and behavior disorders, other health impairments, traumatic brain injury, autism, and physical disabilities.

Current teachers who hold an early childhood elementary or secondary teaching license and endorsement and who wish to receive the state endorsement to teach students with special needs may complete the requirements described at the end of the Requirements tab, above. The LBS1 endorsement provides specialized training with respect to learning disabilities, mental retardation, severe emotional and behavior disorders, other health impairments, traumatic brain injury, autism, and physical disabilities.

Admission

Applicants to this program must have earned a 120-credit-hour bachelor's degree with a grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale and have a passing score on the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency or have substituted an ACT or SAT score that meets the state's criterion. Professional dispositions also must be demonstrated.

At the time of admission, advisors review transcripts and evaluate all course work completed at other colleges or universities. Advising plans are developed and any deficiencies related to licensure requirements are noted. If additional course work is needed, the student's advisor will indicate the course work needed. Each student must confer with his/her assigned advisor before enrolling in the program and during each advising period to ensure that all requirements are being successfully completed.

Students who have failed content exams in other teacher preparation programs may apply to change their program of study to special education. However, prior to application, students need to have taken one special education class in addition to SPED 219 EXCEPTIONAL CHILD & YOUTH/SPED 419 EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN & YOUTH, and need to have passed the ILTS Special Education General Curriculum Test.

Requirements

To earn the MA in special education, students must complete 16 courses (48 credit hours). All graduate students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their graduate courses, and no grade below C is acceptable for licensure or the MA degree (C- grades are unacceptable). No more than two grades of C or C+ may be applied toward licensure or the degree.

The following courses are required to earn licensure and complete the MA in special education. 

SPED 401FOUNDATIONS & COMMUNITY3
SPED 402CHILD DEVELOPMENT, LEARNING, AND MOTIVATION3
SPED 403FIELD EXPERIENCE I1
SPED 419EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN & YOUTH3
READ 420TEACHING READING IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL3
SPED 441METHODS OF TEACHING MATH IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL3
SPED 428FIELD EXPERIENCE II1
SPED 440ASSESSMENT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION3
SPED 442CHARACTERISTICS AND METHODS OF TEACHING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: FOCUS ON COGNITION4
SPED 443CHARACTERISTICS AND METHODS OF TEACHING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: FOCUS ON BEHAVIOR4
SPED 445CHARACTERISTICS AND METHODS OF TEACHING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: FOCUS ON PHYSICAL HEALTH4
SPED 446CHARACTERISTICS AND METHODS OF TEACHING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: FOCUS ON LEARNING4
SPED 450TECHNOLOGY FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION3
SPED 461INTERNSHIP IN SPECIAL EDUCATION2
SPED 470STUDENT TEACH SEM: SPED4
SPED 480INQUIRY IN THE CLASSROOM3
Total Credit Hours48

Field and clinical experiences

In addition to SPED 403 FIELD EXPERIENCE I and SPED 428 FIELD EXPERIENCE II, these courses have field experience components that provide important first-hand experience in the classroom: SPED 442 CHARACTERISTICS AND METHODS OF TEACHING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: FOCUS ON COGNITION, SPED 443 CHARACTERISTICS AND METHODS OF TEACHING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: FOCUS ON BEHAVIOR, SPED 445 CHARACTERISTICS AND METHODS OF TEACHING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: FOCUS ON PHYSICAL HEALTH and SPED 446 CHARACTERISTICS AND METHODS OF TEACHING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: FOCUS ON LEARNING . Field experiences in special education involve urban and suburban placements and must include culturally diverse learners.

Students enrolled in field experience courses participate in the classroom as observers and participants in individual, small group, and large group activities. Field experiences are planned to include experiences with diverse learners in early childhood, elementary, middle school, and secondary settings. In addition, placements are carefully arranged in order to insure that students have experience in inclusion settings, resource, and self-contained special education classrooms. A minimum of 100 hours of field experiences is required prior to student teaching.

Practicum in special education is divided into two experiences during the same 15-week term: a five-week internship and a 10-week student teaching placement. It is arranged in this way in order to provide an intensive experience for teacher candidates at the preschool, elementary, middle school, and secondary school levels.

Internship and student teaching are planned with consideration for each student’s needs and interests. It is open only to students who have successfully completed all of the appropriate general education and academic major requirements and the required field experiences, and have passing scores on the Test of Academic Proficiency or an ACT or SAT score that meets the state's criterion, the Special Education General Curriculum Test and LBS1 Content Test, and all other requirements for admission to student teaching. Formal application two semesters prior to student teaching is required. Applicants are expected to be in good physical health and prepared in content knowledge, professional and pedagogical skills, and professional dispositions. Each student is supervised by a member of the College of Education faculty and by a resident experienced teacher. No other courses may be taken while student teaching without approval of the advisor.

To earn the Illinois teaching license, students must complete the edTPA, in addition to the approved student teaching and internship experience.

Students graduating and applying for the special education endorsement must meet the general education requirements listed below. If their bachelor's degree program has deficiencies in the general education requirements, they may complete this work concurrently with the master’s degree requirements.

General Education Requirements for State Licensure in Special Education

Communication skills (competency at ENG 102)6
Collegel-level Mathematics3
Biological and physical sciences (including one laboratory course)7
Humanities (including American history)9
Social sciences (including American government)9
Nonwestern/Third World cultures (may be selected from humanities or social science courses)3
Total Credit Hours37

Special Education LBS1 Endorsement for Licensed Teachers

This program is intended for currently licensed teachers who hold an early childhood, elementary, or secondary teaching endorsement and who wish to receive state approval to teach students with special needs at their level of existing endorsement.

Admission

Licensed teachers may enroll in the series of courses leading to the LBS1 endorsement as a student at large, as a student in the MA degree in Second Language Special Education, or as a student in the MA degree in Teaching and Learning. The courses count as elective course work within the Teaching and Learning program.

Requirements

The state requirements for a special education endorsement (LBS1) on an existing license include four courses and a total of 14 credit hours. The two courses below are required.

SPED 419EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN & YOUTH3
SPED 440ASSESSMENT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION3
SPED 442CHARACTERISTICS AND METHODS OF TEACHING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: FOCUS ON COGNITION4
or SPED 445 CHARACTERISTICS AND METHODS OF TEACHING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: FOCUS ON PHYSICAL HEALTH
SPED 443CHARACTERISTICS AND METHODS OF TEACHING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: FOCUS ON BEHAVIOR4
or SPED 446 CHARACTERISTICS AND METHODS OF TEACHING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: FOCUS ON LEARNING
Total Credit Hours14