Northeastern Illinois University

College of Education

Master of Science in Special Education LBS-II


5500 N. St. Louis Avenue

Graduate Admissions, Room D-101D

Chicago, IL 60625

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S. in Special Education LBS-II

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The LBS II program at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) is designed to provide advanced preparation for candidates who are seeking State of Illinois LBSII Endorsement and a Master of Science degree. An endorsement-only option is also available for candidates who already possess a Master’s degree. This program is designed for candidates who want to deepen their understanding of special education interventions and services through collaboration and personal reflection. LBS II provides advanced training and certification in Curriculum Adaptation Specialist (CAS) and Behavior Intervention Specialist (BIS) through target courses and clinical experiences. The LBS II endorsement prepares special education teachers for leadership roles in the areas of curriculum and behavioral supports. Curriculum Adaptation Specialist (CAS) Option: SPED-526 Adaptations and Accommodations of Curriculum (3 cr) SPED-527 Assessment and Intervention Strategies for Language Based Disorders (3 cr) SPED-528 Teaching Mathematics to Individuals with Special Needs (3 cr) SPED-525 Alternative Assessment and Test Accommodations (3 cr) SPED-529 Practicum in Curriculum Adaptations (3 cr) Four graduate elective courses (12 cr) SPED-530 Capstone Experience Project (3 cr) Total 30 cr Behavior Intervention Specialist (BIS) Option: SPED-522 Foundations and Practices in Challenging Behaviors (3 cr) SPED-523 Educational Assessment and Planning for Positive Behavior Management (3 cr) SPED-521 Issues and Interventions for Individuals with Autism, PDD (3 cr) SPED-505 Consultation and Collaboration in Special Education (3 cr) SPED-524 Practicum in Behavior Disorders (3 cr) Four graduate elective courses (12 cr) SPED-530 Capstone Experience Project (3 cr) Total 30 cr


The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Colleges of Teacher Education (NCATE), the premier accrediting body approved by the U.S. Department of Education. This means that our programs and our faculty undergo a rigorous peer review process every seven years. Our theme, COE Professionals; Reflective, Collaborative, Transformative, underpins our emphasis on our performance standards aligned with the Illinois Standards for School Professionals (IPTS). Our programs in School and Community Counseling are not only recognized by NCATE but they undergo a separate peer review process and are accredited by CACREP, the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. So, you can see that the COE at NEIU represents the highest standards of professional excellence, commitment to diversity, and collaboration with each other and with our local community.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 30

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): In-state $364.60 Out-of-state $671.60 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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