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We believe there is nothing more important than fostering, with dignity and respect, the inclusion of students with exceptional learning needs in every aspect of life. Therefore, our work in teacher preparation is guided by one simple principle... It’s about the kids.

NEIU and CPS Partnership

Northeastern Illinois University is excited to announce the continuation of its Chicago Public Schools partnership with the CPS Continuing Endorsement Program. The Continuing Endorsement Program offers CPS teachers a pathway to earn Illinois teaching endorsements at a reduced tuition rate. 

Learn more about the CPS Continuing Endorsement PrograM

We offer our candidates:

  • A quality education that is affordable
  • A solid foundation of support from highly experienced faculty, advisors and staff
  • A long-standing, positive reputation for exemplary special education and gifted education preparation
  • A commitment to transforming the lives of individuals with exceptionalities, as well as the live of their families
  • A meaningful career where you can make a difference

I am proud of my education at Northeastern Illinois University and my degree as a special educator. The training and education I have received have been provided by dedicated professionals who are not only current in the field of special education but actively work to enhance it.
                                                                                                         - Michael Scaletta, NEIU Alum

Our Undergraduate Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts in Special Education-Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS) I
  • Cohort-based day program at our main campus
  • Cohort-based evening program at our El Centro campus
  • The Special Education Undergrad cohort program accepts applications for admission once a year in Fall semester from September 1st to October 17th for Spring semester cohort start.

Our Master's Degree Programs

  • Master of Arts in Special Education-Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS) I
  • Initial teaching licensure
  • Many courses offered online or in hybrid delivery format
  • Master of Science in Special Education-Learning Behavior Specialist II
  • Endorsement in Behavior Intervention Specialist, Curriculum Adaptation Specialist or both
  • Many courses offered online or in hybrid delivery format
  • Master of Arts in Gifted Education

Our Graduate, Non-Master Degree Programs

  • Focus - Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS) I endorsement
  • Early Childhood Special Education Approval
  • Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS) II endorsement only
  • Behavior Intervention Specialist
  • Curriculum Adaptation Specialist

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