LEARNING BEHAVIOR SPECIALIST, II

M.S. Program Information

The LBS II program at 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 also available for candidates who already possess 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 (APT) and met the requirements of the NEIU Graduate College and the Special Education Department.


There are several options available at NEIU:

    •LBS II Curriculum Adaptation Specialist AND MS degree (30 hours)

    •LBS II Behavior Intervention Specialist AND MS degree (30 hours)

    •LBS II CAS and BIS AND MS degree (36 hours)

    •Endorsement-only LBS II CAS (15 hours)

    •Endorsement-only LBS II BIS (15 hours)

    •Endorsement-only LBS II CAS and BIS (30 hours)


Most of the courses in the program are offered in hybrid format in that online activities replace intermittent on-campus experiences. Candidates will complete a comprehensive portfolio, which demonstrates mastery of the program content.


Candidates in the proposed LBS II master’s degree programs (combined, BIS-only, and CAS-only) will meet the LBS II standards the respective areas through a series of carefully designed courses and performance- based assessments. The courses will provide an integration of standards of the LBS II Curriculum Adaptation Specialist and Behavior Intervention Specialist along with NEIU’s College of Education (COE) conceptual framework (Reflective Collaborative Transformative).


Admission Requirements

Begin the application process by completing the form on the Graduate College website  (www.neiu.edu/graduate-college/index.html). Include the LBS II Program Code GA11.


Documentation of the following requirements should accompany the application to the LBS II program:

• Bachelor’s degree

• 2.75 undergraduate  GPA or 3.0 graduate GPA

• LBS I (or equivalent), Blind and Visually Impaired (or equivalent), Deaf/Hard of

   Hearing (or equivalent) or Speech-Language Pathology on a Type 10

   certification

• Illinois Test of Basic Skills (or equivalent)

• Illinois Certification Testing System-Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT)

   exam or equivalent

• ICTS Content Test (LBS I Exam)


In addition, LBS II program advisor will collect the following information to determine eligibility for the program:

• Spontaneous writing sample

• Department interview to determine entry-level professional dispositions

• Dispositions self-assessment


The application process is a competitive process. Due to limited space, not all qualified applicants may be admitted.


Application Deadlines

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Coursework Requirements & Sequence

GRADUATE

RESOURCES

Northeastern Illinois University

Graduate College

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


Change of Study Information

Information on the Change of Study procedure in the NEIU Graduate College | DOWNLOAD


Course Electives Listing

Information on elective courses in the LBS II program | DOWNLOAD


Illinois Certification Testing System

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

CONTACT

LBS II Program Coordinator

Kathleen L. Brown, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator, LBS II

(773) 442-5581

k-brown5@neiu.edu


Department Chair

Sandra Beyda-Lorie, Ph.D.

  1. (773)442-5583

s-beyda@neiu.edu

Semester

Fall

BIS Courses

CAS Courses

Other Courses

SPED 522

SPED 523

SPED 524 (Practicum)

SPED 505

SPED 526

SPED 527

SPED 529 (Practicum)

Electives

SPED 530 - Capstone

Spring

SPED 521

SPED 505

SPED 524 (Practicum)

SPED 528

SPED 525

SPED 529 (Practicum)

Electives

Capstone

Summer

SPED 524 (Practicum)

SPED 505


SPED 529* (Practicum)

Electives

Capstone

*advisor consent required


Electives, SPED 505, practicum experiences, and the capstone experience course will be offered every semester. However, candidates may only take their practicum courses following completion of the BIS and CAS core courses.  In addition, candidates may only complete their capstone experience course following successful completion of their core courses plus 12 hours for the BAS-only and CAS-only options.


LBS II Course by Program Option



































LBS II Program Completion Sequence

will be offered every semester. However, candidates may only take their practicum courses following completion of the BIS and CAS core courses.  In addition, candidates may only complete their capstone experience course following successful completion of their core courses plus 12 hours for the BAS-only and CAS-only options.


List of LBS, II Course Electives | DOWNLOAD


The following requirements are the responsibility of the candidate:


Master’s degree program sequence


1.Apply for admission

2.May take up to two courses before full admission is obtained

3.Begin and maintain portfolio

4.Demonstrate satisfactory Professional Teaching Behaviors and Dispositions

5.Maintain GPA 3.0 or higher in core courses and elective(s)

6.Submit application for practicum to advisor (see forms link for instructions)

7.Take LBS-II CAS and/or BIS Test (considered part of the graduate program)

8.Submit portfolio to advisor

9.Complete SPED 530


Certificate only program sequence


1.Apply for admission

2.May take up to two courses before full admission is obtained

3.Begin and maintain portfolio

4.Demonstrate satisfactory Professional Teaching Behaviors and Dispositions

5.Maintain GPA 3.0 or higher in core courses and elective(s)

6.Submit application for practicum to advisor (see forms link for instructions)

7.Take LBS-II CAS and/or BIS Test (considered part of the graduate program)

8.Submit portfolio to advisor


Learning Behavior Specialist–II (LBS-II) Test

The LBS-II test framework (which describes the content covered on the test), test registration information, and the LBS-II study guide may be found at the following website: www.icts.nesinc.com



Graduation and Program Completion Information


Application for graduation

An Application for Graduation should be filed according to the instructions provided with the application. Dates for filing the application are specified in the Schedule of classes. Candidates may file the Application for Graduation at the start of the term in which they expect to graduate even if they are registered at NEIU for that semester for a course or courses required for that degree.


Candidates must obtain and return a graduation application to the graduate office. The form for graduation is on NCR paper and therefore can not be downloaded on the computer.

Prior to submitting the graduate application, a non-refundable and non-transferable graduation fee must be paid.

Deadlines for filing the application for graduation form are given in “rough” month form below (see schedule of classes bulletin for exact filing dates).

Month of anticipated completion of degree requirements and typical filing time:

•For May:  During month of January

•For December: During month of August

•For Summer: During month of April



Instructions for applying online for LBS II certification

To apply for your certification online, you will use the Educator Certification System (ECS). You will need a Master Card or Visa credit card to pay your fees. In addition, you must have an active e-mail address to use ECS (www.isbe.net/ecs)

Follow screen-by-screen directions.


In order to complete the application process, you should go to Enrollment Services, or request in writing, an official transcript that includes the degree line be sent to the following address:


Illinois State Board of Education

Teacher Certification Department

Attn: Pam Kellus

100 North First Street

Springfield, IL 62777


This transcript may not be ready until 4 to 6 weeks after graduation, but it will not delay your certification.


Instruction Form on Submitting Online Certification (PDF) | DOWNLOAD


Follow-up assessment and program review/feedback loop

The follow-up assessment and program review/feedback loop is based upon the College of Education NCATE and Special Education Program Assessment Plan and includes such tasks as requiring candidates to give evaluative “feedback” regarding various courses and the program.


Certificate of status

If a graduate candidate has completed all academic requirements with a current application for graduation on file with the Graduate College and is awaiting the formal awarding of a degree, the Dean of the Graduate College, upon the candidate’s written request, will issue a letter certifying the candidate’s status. Such letters are normally accepted by boards of education for salary increment purposes and by other universities as certification that the degree has been earned.


Transcripts

An official copy of your transcript can be obtained through a written request. This can be done by completing a Transcript Request Form (see appendices) and either mailing or faxing the request form to NEIU.

Northeastern Illinois University

Records Office, Attention: Transcripts

5500 North St. Louis Avenue

Chicago, IL 60625-4699

Fax number:

(773) 442-4020

You can call (773) 442-4031 to confirm their receipt of the fax.


All requests must include the following:

•Your current name and any other names you have had

•Your NEIU ID number of Social Security Number

•Your approximate dates of attendance

•The address where you would like the transcript mailed

•Your current address

•Your signature (A signature is required to release your transcript. Without a

    signature, your transcript will not be processed.)


Allow 7 to 10 working days for processing from the date the transcript request is received. All transcripts issued directly to candidates will have an “issued to candidate” stamp affixed to the transcript. Each graduating candidate will be sent a copy of his/her transcript at the time of graduation. Candidates are assessed a transcript fee at the time of their first registration at Northeastern Illinois University. This will allow the candidate to request official transcripts up to a reasonable limit at no additional cost. Candidates who have a financial obligation to the university can not receive official or unofficial transcripts until the debt has been cleared.


Requirements for Candidate Practicum,

Candidate Portfolio


Requirements for Practicum

Students may complete either the CAS or BIS practicum in their own classroom setting with advisor approval. For other placements, FBI criminal background check and current TB test are required.


FBI check: This one-time background check, when delivered to the program advisor in a sealed, unopened envelope, will be valid for admittance to the Practicum experiences.

Teacher candidates must be aware that the Illinois School Code (ILSC 5/10-21.9) requires school boards to conduct a criminal background investigation on applicants for employment. This law also prohibits the employment of any person who has been convicted of committing or attempting to commit any one or more of a number of offenses. At present, offenses include first degree murder; an Class X felony; juvenile

pimping; soliciting for a juvenile prostitute; exploitation of a child; obscenity; child pornography; harmful material; criminal sexual assault; aggravated criminal sexual assault; criminal sexual abuse; aggravated criminal sexual abuse; offenses set forth in the Cannabis Control Act, for crimes defined in the Illinois Controlled Substances Act. Employment must be denied where the offenses and/or conviction occurred inside or outside the state of Illinois. All candidates must have had a Federal FBI criminal background check as required by the College of Education policy. These background checks are required of those registering to complete major field-based clinical experiences and Practicum.


Exceptions

Candidates who are completing a Practicum within the district with whom they are employed will not have to undergo an additional finger-print criminal background check upon verification by the district.


Currently employed public school personnel

If you are currently employed in an Illinois Public School, you can obtain a letter from a district administrator. This letter should state that as part of your employment you were required to undergo a FBI criminal background check. This letter should be submitted with your first clinical placement application.


Currently employed private school personnel

If you are currently employed in an Illinois Private School, you can obtain a letter from a district administrator. This letter should state that as part of your employment you were required to undergo a FBI criminal background check. This letter should be submitted with your practicum application. If you were not required to undergo such a check, then you must go through the FBI criminal background check. The College of Education at NEIU requires a Federal FBI criminal background check based on the Uniform Conviction Information Act. Candidates can request this background check from any LiveScan vendor in Illinois.


When should the background check be done?

It is recommended that candidate have the background check completed six weeks prior to the start of the practicum semester.


TB test

In accordance with the Illinois School Code (105 ILCS 5/24-5), all school boards require employees, and clinical candidates and interns, to provide evidence of physical fitness to perform duties assigned and freedom from communicable disease, including tuberculosis. Such evidence shall consist of a tuberculin skin test (NEIU Health Services requires Mantoux) and, if appropriate, an x-ray, made by a physician licensed in Illinois or any other state to practice medicine and surgery in all its branches, an advanced practice nurse who has a written collaborative agreement with a collaborating physician that authorizes the advanced practice nurse to perform health examinations, a physician assistant who has been delegated the authority to perform health examinations by his or her supervising physician not more than 90 days preceding the start date. TB Tests may be obtained at no cost from the NEIU Health Services Department in Room E-051 (Telephone: 773 442-5800). Those tested outside of NEIU must present their results to the NEIU Health Services Department and receive a Tuberculosis Test Report Form. Give this form to the CEST office if the practicum will be conducted at a school other than your employment school OR to the Special Education office for clinic placements.


School Conduct

Candidates will follow all policies of the cooperating school or facility related to such areas as signing in and out, attendance at school functions, smoking, fire drills, etc. Candidates should dress in a professional manner, consistent with the other members of the school’s faculty.


Termination due to deficiencies

The University may decide to terminate any practicum experience due to observed deficiencies in knowledge, skills, and/or dispositions. This will generally follow a conference attended by the candidate, University supervisor, advisor, and others deemed appropriate by the Chair of the Special Education Department. The area(s) of deficiency will be presented to the candidate and discussed during the conference. The severity of the deficiencies will determine if, where, under what conditions and when (during the current or future semester) the candidate will complete the practicum component. A plan may need to be developed and may include areas in need of remediation, goals, activities, timeline, and assessment strategies. This plan may also include monitoring and planned future actions. Intermediate steps such as additional coursework or counseling may be required to address deficiencies before future placements are made. Additionally, the candidate may be required to formally withdraw from the course, receive a failing grade, or receive an “I” (Incomplete) grade. The decision will be based on the causes, not the time the termination occurs during the semester.


When the deficiencies in knowledge, skills, or dispositions are deemed so severe or beyond remediation, a referral to the Professional Standards Committee of the Special Education Department, or the College of Education Admissions, Retention and Appeals Committee may be made in tandem with, or in lieu of a plan (described above) as deemed appropriate.


Portfolio


Each student must develop a professional portfolio with artifacts that demonstrate mastery of performances aligned to the Illinois standards for LBS2 CAS and/or BIS programs.


Portfolio Evaluation

During the last semester of the candidates’ program, the completed portfolio is submitted to the advisor for evaluation. Any deficiencies must be corrected before program completion.


Organization and format of the portfolio

The Special Education Department required candidates to organize their portfolios as a conceptual framework according to the nine LBSII Standards. Follow the guidelines on the NEIU website for LBSI portfolio organization (http://www.neiu.edu/~specedu/Department_of_Special_Education/Portfolio.html)


Accompanying Reflections

Each artifact in the portfolio must be accompanied by a 1-2 page reflection paper with attention to the following questions:

• What the context/class/situation was during which the artifact was created?

• Why the artifact contributes to meeting the standard for which it was selected?

• How the artifact contributes to meeting the standard for which it was selected?

• Ways you will apply this knowledge/skill set in future settings

Combined Program

SPED 526: Adaptations and Accommodations of Curriculum (3)


SPED 527: Assessment and Intervention for Language-Based Disorders (3)


SPED 528: Teaching Mathematics to Individuals with Special Needs (3)


SPED 525: Alternative Assessment and Test Accommodations (3)


SPED 529: Practicum CAS (3)


SPED 522: Foundations and Practices of Challenging Behaviors (3)


SPED 523: Educational Assessment and Planning for Positive Behavior Management (3)


SPED 524: Practicum BIS (3)


SPED 505: Consultation and Collaboration in Special Education (3)


SPED 521: Issues and Interventions for Individuals with Autism, PDD, and Low Incidence Disorders and Syndromes (3)

CAS Courses

BIS Courses

SPED 526


SPED 527


SPED 528


SPED 525


SPED 529

SPED 522


SPED 523


SPED 524


SPED 505


SPED 521

Endorsement only, 30 hours

Endorsement only, 15 hours

Graduate Elective (3 hours)

Four electives (12 hours)

Four electives (12 hours)

SPED 530 Capstone Experience Project

(Taken after core courses) (3 hours)

SPED 530

SPED 530

LBSII BIS/CAS & MS, 36 hours

CAS  & MS, 30 hours

BIS & MS, 30 hours

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