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Special Education Cohort 2014
Special Education Cohort 2014


The field of special education is a diverse collection of academic, social, and physical support services to assist the exceptional child, such as those individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. The well prepared special education teacher works diligently to transform the lives of students with disabilities. The undergraduate program prepares candidates with the ability to work effectively with students across a wide range of disabilities (K-12) in public and private school settings. Our program provides candidates an initial teaching licensure with the endorsement in special education from an accredited institution. 

The Department of Special Education Bachelor of Arts (B.A) Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS I) Program is a 48 credit hour major plus 24 credit hour cognate program which leads to an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) with an endorsement in special education (LBS I). The program utilizes a cohort-based model, with students admitted to the special education major once a year. 

Admission Procedures & Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 .
  • At least twenty hours of documented experience working with exceptional populations.
  • Completion of a spontaneous writing sample.
  • Interview with Department Program faculty.
  • Compliance with program professional dispositions.
  • Earned grade of “C” or higher in English 101, 102 and Speech/CMTC 101 or 202.
  • Passing score earned on any of the following exams (current within the past 10 years):
    • Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP).
    • ACT plus Writing  composite score of 22 and minimum score of 19 in writing.
    • SAT composite score of 1030 and minimum score of 450 in writing.

Undergraduate LBS I Program Course Sequence 


  • EDFN 306: Education and Individual Differences (3)
  • EDFN 307: Psychology of Instruction and Learning (3)
  • SCED 311: School Curriculum (3)
  • SPED 371: Foundations of Special Education (3)
  • SPED 372: Development & Characteristics of Children/Youth w/Exceptional Needs (3)
  • SPED 382: Differentiating Instruction for Students w/Exceptional Needs (3)
  • ELED 302: Methods of Teaching Language Arts (3)


  • SPED 383: Informal Assessment and Progress Monitoring (3)
  • SPED 374: Supervised Field Experience I (3)
  • SPED 395: Technology and Special Education (3)
  • ELED 310: Methods of Teaching Mathematics-Elementary School (3)
  • SPED 384: Instructional Design for Individuals with Exceptional Learning Needs-(3)
  • SPED 377: Supervised Field Experience II (3) 
  • LTCY 311: Fundamentals of Reading Instruction (3)
  • SPED 379: Managing Behaviors in the Classroom (3)
  • SPED 376: Teaching Learners with Moderate to Severe Disabilities (3)


  • SPED 323: Consultation and Collaboration in Special Education (3)
  • SPED 385: Community Partnership and Advocacy (2)
  • BLBC 340: Methods Of Teaching Language and Culture Diverse Students (3)
  • SPED 316: Addressing the Professional Development of the Special Educator (1)
  • Choice of one
    • SCED 303H: Methods of Teaching History in the Secondary School (3) OR
    • SCED 303R: Materials and Methods for Teaching High School Science (3)


  • SPED 381:Student Teaching in Special Education (12)

Program Maintenance Criteria

Candidates must meet acceptable evaluations of dispositions and professional behaviors as well as all academic requirements.


Interested undergraduate students may contact: 

Mickie Wong-Lo, Ph.D. (Undergraduate Program Director)
(773) 442-5595

Ebony Jiminez Lee, MA LPC NCC (Undergraduate Program Advisor)
(773) 442-5933


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T 773 442-5580

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