At this time, the Illinois State Board of Education allows teachers who already hold a Professional Educator License (PEL) to earn an endorsement in special education (LBS I) on that license. In order to be eligible for the LBS I endorsement, teachers must earn credit in the courses listed below and pass the Learning Behavior Specialist I (#155) test.
- EDGSP 413: Survey of Students with Exceptionalities (3)
- EDGSP 520: Characteristics of Students with Disabilities (3)
- EDGSP 524: Diagnostic Assessment for Educational Decision Making (3)
- EDGSP 525: Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities (6)
A significant difference between LBS I licensure and LBS I endorsement is that endorsements are only possible for the grades that the individual's PEL includes while LBS I licensure is PreK-age 21.