Program Information

The Master of Arts (M.A.) program - Learning Behavior Specialist - I (LBS I) is a graduate degree - initial certification program in Illinois Special Education at the P-12 grade level.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the NEIU Graduate College (forms are available at the Graduate College on the main campus and online at http://www.neiu.edu/~gradcoll)

Bachelor’s degree

Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale

The Illinois State Board of Education stipulates that for admission to any teacher    

    education program a teacher candidate must provide evidence of having earned

    a passing score on the Illinois Test of Basic Skills, current within the past 10

    years, or the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP).  A composite ACT plus

    Writing score of 22, or composite SAT score of 1030 will also satisfy this


Two professional letters of recommendation

Students applying online should note the University registration system will only allow submission of the application document, two letters of recommendation, and statement of goals. The rest of the documents that may be required will have to be submitted directly to the Graduate Office in hard copy.

Incomplete applications will not be processed and in some cases may be deferred to the subsequent semester. Alternatively, students who miss the deadline may still apply as Student-at-Large (SAL). As SAL, candidates are allowed to take nine (9) credit hours which can be transferred to their programs upon full acceptance.

Application Deadlines

See College of Graduate Studies and Research. | VISIT

Coursework Requirements & Sequence

(45 Total Credit Hours)


SPED 500: Research I: Critical Writing and Research in Special Education (3)

SPED 501: Development and Characteristics of Children and Youth with Disabilities (3)

SPED 502: Development of Cognition, Learning, and Language (3)

SPED 503: Historical, Philosophical, & Legal Foundations of Special Education (3)


SPED 504: Assessment I: Principles of Education Assessment in Special

    Education (3)

SPED 509: Methods I: Specialized Curriculum & Methods in Special Education (3)

SPED 507: Internship I: Assessing & Teaching Individuals with Mild to Moderate

    Disabilities (3)

SPED 506: Technology in Special Education (3)

READ 402: Issues in Reading Instruction (3)


SPED 505: Consultation and Collaboration between Special &

    General Education (3)

SPED 508: Methods II: General Curriculum and Methods in Special Education (3)

SPED 511: Alternative Programming and Curriculum in Special Education (3)

SPED 512: Internship II: Assessing and Teaching Individuals with Moderate to

    Severe Disabilities (2)


SPED 510: Methods III: Strategies of Behavior Management (3)

SPED 513: Assessment II: Applied Diagnostic Testing (3)

SPED 514: Internship III: Applied Teaching in Special Education (3)



Northeastern Illinois University

Graduate College

Application forms may be downloaded from the NEIU Graduate College website | VISIT

Graduate Requirements

Guidelines and requirements for successful completion of the LBS, I graduate program (i.e., Purple Sheet) | DOWNLOAD  

Course Descriptions

Review descriptions and requirements for courses in the LBS, I program  | VISIT

Illinois Certification Testing System

Registration and copies of passing scores may be requested from ICTS website | VISIT


Graduate Advisor

Phyllis LeDosquet, Ph.D

Special Education, Graduate Advisor

(773) 442-5591


Department Chair

Sandra Beyda-Lorie, Ph.D.

  1. (773)442-5583



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