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Special Education Endorsement for Current NIU Students

The Special Education endorsement is valid as long as your original Professional Educator License is valid. The endorsement allows individuals to teach only with the scope of their current license. While this endorsement does not expire at this time, at some future date the state might require individuals to become LBS I (K-12) licensed.

The four course/content areas identified by the State of Illinois are:

  • Survey of Special Education
  • Assessment of students with special needs
  • An LBS I characteristics course (covers the entire scope of LBS I characteristics)
  • An LBS I methods course (covers the entire scope of LBS I methods)

The endorsement also requires successful completion of the LBS I Content-Area exam (#155).

The current schedule of classes can be located at http://www.reg.niu.edu. For additional information, please contact Barb Amberg

Requirements for the LBS I endorsement differ based on the grade levels covered by the PEL an individual holds:

Special Education Endorsement for individuals obtaining a Professional Education License with an endorsement in Early Childhood Education (birth-grade 2)

The courses offered at NIU that cover the standards required by the State for the endorsement are:

  1. Survey: SESE 240, (3), Introduction to Special Education
  2. Assessment: ETR 434, (3), Assessment of Students with Special Needs
  3. Characteristics: NIU does not offer a separate characteristics course, but the material to meet the standards for the characteristics is embedded in the SESE 240 course and each different methods course.
  4. Methods: NIU does not offer a comprehensive LBS I methods course. The LBS I methods standards are met through the courses that address methods for different disabilities and grades.

    SESE 415, (3), Instructional Methods for Elementary Students with Mild Disabilities: Reading, Language Arts
    SESE 417, (3), Positive Behavior Support and Classroom Management for Special Educators
    SESE 446, (3), Methods for Supporting the Social/Emotion Development of Students with Emotion/Behavior Disorders
    SESE 460, (3), Instructional Methods for Individuals with Autism and Multiple Disabilities
    SESE 424, (3), Methods and Strategy for Promoting Development and Teaching Infants, Toddlers, and Young Children with Disabilities and Special Needs)

A total of 15 semester hours in addition to those classes in your program will be completed.

In addition to the coursework listed above, candidates must pass the LBS I Contest area test (#155), www.il.nesinc.com.

Special Education Endorsement for individuals obtaining a Professional Education License with an endorsement in Elementary Education grades 1-6

The courses offered at NIU that cover the standards required by the State for the endorsement are:

  1. Survey: SESE 240, (3), Introduction to Special Education
  2. Assessment: ETR 434, (3), Assessment of Students with Special Needs
  3. Characteristics: NIU does not offer a separate characteristics course, but the material to meet the standards for the characteristics is embedded in the SESE 240 course and each different methods course.
  4. Methods: NIU does not offer a comprehensive LBS I methods course. The LBS I methods standards are met through the courses that address methods for different disabilities and grades.

    SESE 415, (3), Instructional Methods for Elementary Students with Mild Disabilities: Reading, Language Arts
    SESE 417, (3), Positive Behavior Support and Classroom Management for Special Educators
    SESE 446, (3), Methods for Supporting the Social/Emotion Development of Students with Emotion/Behavior Disorders
    SESE 460, (3), Instructional Methods for Individuals with Autism and Multiple Disabilities
    SESE 456, (3), Methods for Collaboration and Inclusion for Elementary Education Teachers

A total of 15 semester hours in addition to those classes in your program will be completed.

In addition to the course work listed above candidates must pass the LBS I Contest area test (#155), www.il.nesinc.com.

Special Education Endorsement for individuals obtaining a Professional Education License with an endorsement in Middle School 5-8

The courses offered at NIU that cover the standards required by the State for the endorsement are:

  1. Survey: SESE 240, (3), Introduction to Special Education
  2. Assessment: ETR 434, (3), Assessment of Students with Special Needs
  3. Characteristics: NIU does not offer a separate characteristics course, but the material to meet the standards for the characteristics is embedded in the SESE 240 course and each different methods course.
  4. Methods: NIU does not offer a comprehensive LBS I methods course. The LBS I methods standards are met through four courses that address methods for different disabilities and grades. 

    SESE 417, (3), Positive Behavior Support and Classroom Management for Special Educators
    SESE 444, (3), Instructional Methods and Strategies for Middle and Secondary Student with Mild Disabilities
    SESE 446, (3), Methods for Supporting the Social/Emotion Development of Students with Emotion/Behavior Disorders
    SESE 460, (3), Instructional Methods for Individuals with Autism and Multiple Disabilities
    SESE 457, (3), Methods for Including Middle and Secondary Student swith Exceptionalities in the General Education Classroom
A total of 18 semester hours in addition to those classes in your program will be completed.

In addition to the course work listed above candidates must pass the LBS I Contest area test (#155), www.il.nesinc.com.

Special Education Endorsement for individuals obtaining a Professional Education License with an endorsement in grades 6-12 or 9-12.

The courses offered at NIU that cover the standards required by the State for the endorsement are:

  1. Survey: SESE 240, (3), Introduction to Special Education
  2. Assessment: ETR 434, (3), Assessment of Students with Special Needs.
  3. Characteristics: NIU does not offer a separate characteristics course, but the material to meet the standards for the characteristics is embedded in the SESE (TLSE) 540 course and each different methods course.
  4. Methods: NIU does not offer a comprehensive LBS I methods course. The LBS I methods standards are met through three courses that address methods for different disabilities and grades.

    SESE 417, (3), Positive Behavior Support and Classroom Management for Special Educators
    SESE 444, (3), Instructional Methods and Strategies for Middle and Secondary Student with Mild Disabilities
    SESE 446, (3), Methods for Supporting the Social/Emotion Development of Student swith Emotion/Behavior Disorders
    SESE 460, (3), Instructional Methods for Individuals with Autism and Multiple Disabilities
    SESE 457, (3), Methods for Including Middle and Secondary Student swith Exceptionalities in the General Education Classroom

A total of  18 semester hours in addition to those classes in your program will be completed.

In addition to the course work listed above candidates must pass the LBS I Contest area test (#155), www.il.nesinc.com

Special Education Endorsement for individuals holding Professional Education License with a K-12 endorsement (art, music, physical education, foreign language).

The courses offered at NIU that cover the standards required by the State for the endorsement are:

  1. Survey: SESE 240, (3), Introduction to Special Education
  2. Assessment: ETR 434, (3), Assessment of Students with Special Needs.
  3. Characteristics: NIU does not offer a separate characteristics course, but the material to meet the standards for the characteristics is embedded in the SESE (TLSE) 540 course and each different methods course.
  4. Methods: NIU does not offer a comprehensive LBS I methods course. The LBS I methods standards are met through four courses that address methods for different disabilities and grades. 

    SESE 415, (3), Instructional Methods for Elementary Students with Mild Disabilities: reading, Language Arts
    SESE 417, (3), Positive Behavior Support and Classroom Management for Special Educators
    SESE 444, (3), Instructional Methods and Strategies for Middle and Secondary Student with Mild Disabilities
    SESE 446, (3), Methods for Supporting the Social/Emotion Development of Students with Emotion/Behavior Disorders
    SESE 460, (3), Instructional Methods for Individuals with Autism and Multiple Disabilities
    SESE 457, (3), Methods for Including Middle and Secondary Students with Exceptionalities in the General Education Classroom
A total of  21 semester hours in addition to those classes in your program will be completed.

In addition to the course work listed above candidates must pass the LBS I Contest area test (#155), www.il.nesinc.com.

 

Questions?

Barb Amberg
Academic Advisor
bamberg@niu.edu

(815) 753-8359

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Gabel Hall 159
815-753-1619

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