The learning behavior specialist I program prepares teachers to provide educational services for children and adolescents with disabilities. The program is non-categorical in philosophy and content to the maximum extent allowed by the new Illinois state guidelines for special education teacher certification. The program curriculum covers the knowledge and skills of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Content Standards for Special Educators-Learning Behavior Specialist I (LSBI). Students ideally should hold a general education certificate as a prerequisite for the program. Students without a general education teaching certificate will be required to complete a series of courses designed to provide the knowledge base necessary to move forward. The program is accredited by NCATE and ISBE.
This degree is designed to ensure that candidates have the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the multiple and unique needs of students with learning, behavioral/emotional, mental, and/or physical disabilities at the elementary-, middle-, and high-school levels. Teachers trained through a non-categorical model are better prepared to work with students' complex and multiple needs. The curriculum is designed to provide a special emphasis on integrating research and practice.