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Master of Science in Special Education (LBS II)

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Program Description

The LBS II program at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) is designed to provide advanced preparation for candidates who are seeking State of Illinois LBS II Endorsement and a Master of Science degree. An endorsement-only option is available for candidates who already have a Master's degree. In order for candidates to be eligible to enter the LBS II  program, they must have a valid LBS I certificate or Deaf/Hard of Hearing or Blind and Visually impaired or Speech Language Pathology on a type 10 (or the respective equivalent), have passed the Illinois Test of Basic Skills and the Assessment of Professional Teaching (ATP) and met the requirements of the NEIU College of Graduate Studies and Research and the Special Education Department.


Admission Requirements
Applicants must fulfill the requirements for admission to the Graduate College. In addition, applicants must hold an LBS I (or equivalent), Blind and Visually Impaired (or equivalent), Deaf/Hard of Hearing (or equivalent) or Speech-Language Pathology on a type 10 and have passed the ICTS Content Test for that certificate. They should have passed the Illinois Test of Basic skills (or equivalent) and the Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) exam or equivalent. A spontaneous writing sample and department interview are required at the discretion of the Department.
Degree Requirements

Course Requirements for Master of Science in Special Education (LBS II)
Combined CAS-BIS Program Option:


SPED-522 Foundations and Practices in
                        Challenging Behaviors................................ 3 cr.
SPED-523 Educational Assessment and Planning
                        for Positive Behavior Management............. 3 cr.
SPED-521 Issues and Interventions for Individuals with
                       Autism, PDD, and Low Incidence
                       Disorders and Syndromes.......................... 3 cr.
SPED-505 Consultation and Collaboration in
                       Special Education...................................... 3 cr.
SPED-524 Practicum in Behavior Disorders..................... 3 cr.
                      (taken after BIS core courses)
SPED-526 Adaptations and Accommodations
                      of Curriculum.............................................. 3 cr.
SPED-527 Assessment and Intervention Strategies for
                      Language-Based Disorders......................... 3 cr.
SPED-528 Teaching Mathematics to Individuals
                      with Special Needs..................................... 3 cr.
SPED-525 Alternative Assessment and
                      Test Accommodations................................ 3 cr.
SPED-529 Practicum in Curriculum Adaptations............... 3 cr.
                     (taken after CAS core courses)
Graduate Elective (taken anytime)
SPED-530 Capstone Experience Project.......................... 3 cr.
   (taken after BIS and CAS core courses)
                                                                          ---------------
                                                                          Subtotal 36 cr.
                                               
CAS-Only Program Option:
SPED-526 Adaptations and Accommodations
                     of Curriculum............................................... 3 cr.
SPED-527 Assessment and Intervention Strategies for
                     Language-Based Disorders.......................... 3 cr.
SPED-528 Teaching Mathematics to Individuals
                     with Special Needs...................................... 3 cr.
SPED-525 Alternative Assessment and
                     Test Accommodations................................. 3 cr.
SPED-529 Practicum in Curriculum Adaptations............... 3 cr.
                    (taken after CAS core courses)
Four graduate elective courses
SPED-530 Capstone Experience Project (taken anytime after
                    CAS core courses plus at least 24 hours)
                                                                         ---------------
                                                                         Subtotal 30 cr.
                                               
BIS-Only Program Option:
SPED-522 Foundations and Practices in
                    Challenging Behaviors.................................. 3 cr.
SPED-523 Educational Assessment and Planning
                    for Positive Behavior Management............... 3 cr.
SPED-521 Issues and Interventions for Individuals
                   with Autism, PDD, and Low Incidence
                   Disorders and Syndromes............................ 3 cr.
SPED-505 Consultation and Collaboration in
                   Special Education........................................ 3 cr.
SPED-524 Practicum in Behavior Disorders................... 3 cr.
                   (taken after BIS core courses)
Four graduate elective courses
SPED-530 Capstone Experience Project (taken anytime
                    after BIS core courses plus at least 24 hours)
                                                                        ---------------
                                                                        Subtotal 30 cr.