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Special Education Endorsement

The Special Education endorsement is currently valid as long as your original Professional Educator License is valid. The endorsement allows individuals to teach only with the scope of their current licenses. 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 endorsement coursework may be completed as part of a Master’s degree program or the coursework may be completed as a student-at-large (SAL). As a student-at-large, you can take both undergraduate and graduate courses. These courses might be offered at the DeKalb, Naperville, Rockford, and Hoffman Estates campuses in the evenings. Class schedules will be available on MyNIU. Information about tuition and fees is located at the Graduate School's Graduate Tuition and Fees. You can also find the graduate catalog with descriptions of these classes on line, located at http://www.grad.niu.edu

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

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

Special Education Endorsement for individuals holding Professional Education License with an endorsement in Early Childhood Education (birth-grade 3 or birth-grade 2)

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

  1. Survey: SESE 540, (3), Foundation of Special Education
  2. Assessment: ETR 524 or 434, (3) Assessment of student with special needs (graduate students and students-at-large must take ETR 524 in order to receive graduate credit).
  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 601, (4), Methods for Teaching Students with Mild Disabilities
    SESE 604 (4), Assist Tech and Meth for Teach Ind with Autism and Devel Dis
    SESE 606 (3), Meth for Teach Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders 

Prerequisites include:

  • SESE 554, (3), Appl Behav Analysis & Positive Behav Support in School & Comm Settings
  • SESE 603, (3), Functional Analysis for Special Educators

A total of 23 semester hours 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 holding 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 540, (3), Foundations of Special Education
  2. Assessment: ETR 524 or 434, (3) Assessment of student with special needs (graduate students and students-at-large must take ETR 524 in order to receive graduate credit).
  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 601, (4), Methods for Teaching Students with Mild Disabilities
  • SESE 604, (4), Assist Tech and Meth for Teach Ind with Autism and Devel Dis
  • SESE 606, (3), Meth for Teach Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders

Prerequisites include:

  • SESE 554, (3), Appl Behav Analysis & Positive Behav Support in School & Comm Settings
  • SESE 603, (3), Functional Analysis for Special Educators


A total of 23 semester hours will be completed.

Recommended course: It is strongly suggested that students also complete SESE 559, (3), Transition from School to Empl, Career & Post-Sec Ed for Stds w/ Dis.

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 an endorsement in Elementary Education K-9

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

  1. Survey: SESE 540, (3), Foundations of Special Education
  2. Assessment: ETR 524 or 434, (3) Assessment of student with special needs (graduate students and students-at-large must take ETR 524 in order to receive graduate credit).
  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 601, (4), Methods for Teaching Students with Mild Disabilities
  • SESE 602, (3), Meth for Teach Middle and Secondary Students with Mild Dis
  • SESE 604, (4), Assist Tech and Meth for Teach Ind with Autism and Devel Dis
  • SESE 606, (3), Meth for Teach Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders

Prerequisites include:

  • SESE 554, (3), Appl Behav Analysis & Positive Behav Support in School & Comm Settings
  • SESE 603, (3), Functional Analysis for Special Educators


A total of 26 semester hours will be completed.

Recommended course: It is strongly suggested that students also complete SESE 559, (3), Transition from School to Empl, Career & Post-Sec Ed for Stds w/ Dis.

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 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 540, (3), Foundation of Special Education
  2. Assessment: ETR 524 or 434, (3) Assessment of student with special needs (graduate students and students-at-large must take ETR 524 in order to receive graduate credit).
  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 602, (3), Meth for Teach Middle and Secondary Students with Mild Dis
  • SESE 604 (4), Assist Tech and Meth for Teach Ind with Autism and Devel Dis
  • SESE 606 (3), Meth for Teach Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders

Prerequisites include:

  • SESE 554, (3), Appl Behav Analysis & Positive Behav Support in School & Comm Settings
  • SESE 603, (3), Functional Analysis for Special Educators

A total of 22 semester hours will be completed.

Recommended course: It is strongly suggested that students also complete SESE 559, (3), Transition from School to Empl, Career & Post-Sec Ed for Stds w/ Dis.

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 540, (3), Foundation of Special Education
  2. Assessment: ETR 524 or 434, (3) Assessment of student with special needs (graduate students and students-at-large must take ETR 524 in order to receive graduate credit).
  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 601, (4), Methods for Teaching Students with Mild Disabilities
  • SESE 602, (3), Meth for Teach Middle and Secondary Students with Mild Dis
  • SESE 604 (4), Assist Tech and Meth for Teach Ind with Autism and Devel Dis
  • SESE 606 (3), Meth for Teach Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders

Prerequisites include:

  • SESE 554, (3), Appl Behav Analysis & Positive Behav Support in School & Comm Settings
  • SESE 603, (3), Functional Analysis for Special Educators


A total of 26 semester hours will be completed.

Recommended course: It is strongly suggested that students also complete SESE 559, (3), Trans from School to Empl, Career & Post-Sec Ed for Stds w/ Dis.

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

 

Questions?

Leslie Hecht
Academic Advisor
lbhecht@niu.edu

(815) 753-0381

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815-753-1619

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