Reach Your Professional Potential
In schools across Illinois, teachers are being called upon to meet the needs of all students in an ever-changing classroom. Many students have special learning needs that extend beyond the skills of general classroom teachers, particularly students with disabilities. By earning your endorsement in special education, you have the opportunity to offer a positive, lasting impact on the lives of students with disabilities.
The first step toward a Learning Behavior Specialist I endorsement is to connect with Northeastern's College of Graduate Studies and Research and begin the application process.
Learning Behavior Specialist I Focus Program
Northeastern Illinois University proudly offers the Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS I) Focus Program. Designed from the ground up for today’s classroom teacher, the Focus program prepares Illinois-licensed teachers for the pathway toward earning their LBS I state endorsement.
Classes taught by experienced Northeastern faculty are offered in combination hybrid, campus and on-line courses.
This 12-hour teaching endorsement program:
- Offers a comprehensive P-21 special education endorsement program from an accredited institution with a long-standing reputation for exemplary special education teacher preparation at a highly competitive cost.
- Includes a supervised, technology-enhanced practicum experience that bridges the gap between research and practice.
- Addresses all standards of the Council for Exceptional Children, the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities.
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Both prospective and current candidates should be aware the Focus program is a non-degree program and therefore not eligible for most forms of federal and state financial aid. All candidates are encouraged to contact Northeastern's Financial Aid Office at (773) 442-5016 or Illinois Student Assistance Commission to examine financial assistance options. As with any academic program, it is the candidate’s responsibility to secure tuition payment each semester.