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Become a specialist in behavioral interventions or a curriculum adaptation specialist.
Become a specialist in behavioral interventions or a curriculum adaptation specialist.

Are you interested in transforming schools to support the needs of all learners? LBS II graduates are mentoring new teachers and leading teams toward school improvement.

Our program provides advanced preparation to candidates who are seeking the Illinois LBS II endorsement in one of two areas:

  • Behavior Intervention Specialist
  • Curriculum Adaptation Specialist

Most LBS II candidates obtain a Master of Science degree although the endorsement only option is available.

Admission Requirements

  • Valid LBS I endorsement (K-12) or
    • Deaf/Hard of Hearing or
    • Blind/Visually Impaired or
    • Speech Language Pathology
  • Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) exam
  • College of Graduate Studies and Research evaluation

MS Degree Program Options


After completion of core courses in each program, candidates submit an application to conduct an internship in their own classroom setting.

LBS II Standards and Professional Dispositions

The program is based on the Illinois State Board of Education standards for LBS II. All candidates are required to demonstrate mastery of these standards as well as professional dispositions.

A passing score on the state licensure examination is a requirement for program completion.


Dr. Kathleen Brown


LBS II Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do with this degree?

Graduates of the LBS II BIS program are prepared to work in a leadership capacity in a school-based Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) program. Several of our graduates report they have been employed as Behavior Intervention Specialists in their districts. Graduates of the LBS II CAS program are prepared to work in a leadership capacity in a school-based Response to Intervention (RTI) program and/or on curriculum development initiatives. All of our program graduates are prepared to serve as mentors for new teachers.

Is the program online?

The LBS II program courses use a hybrid format for the core content courses. For the core content courses, students are required to come to the main campus for three mandatory Saturday classes and all other class sessions are online. Other LBS II courses are entirely online.

Can I transfer courses?

Yes, candidates wishing to transfer elective courses from another university will complete an application process through the College of Graduate Studies and Research. Candidates moving from the NEIU Focus program into the LBS II program will be able to use four of their Focus courses as electives toward the MS degree.

Is it a cohort program?

No, although each year unofficial cohorts emerge since candidates often take courses in the same sequence. The program offers a rolling admission enabling start dates in spring, summer, and fall semesters.

How long does it take to complete the program?

Most candidates complete the 30-hour MS degree in five semesters. 

How many courses will I take each semester?

Typically, candidates take two courses per semester. Each of the programs offers consecutive courses through a convenient hybrid delivery format.

Are all of the courses offered each semester?

No, at this time we offer the core content courses only once per year.

What does the internship involve?

The internship, also known as the practicum, is most often conducted in the candidate’s own classroom. A supervisor from NEIU will conduct observations to document demonstration of LBS II standards. In addition, several projects and online seminars will be required as a part of the 3-credit course.

How much does it cost?

The tuition and fees are very reasonable. In fact, NEIU was determined by Newsweek to be #6 in the nation in the standard of best investment. Consult the financial aid webpage for the latest information. 

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