Elevate your knowledge of special education to better support students with special needs and diverse learners. Add a Learning Behavior Specialist 1 (LBS1) Endorsement and the Early Childhood Special Education Letter of Approval to your teaching license with three possible tracks based on if you are a licensed teacher or not.
SPECIAL EDUCATION FOCUS AREA HIGHLIGHTS
This 30-credit hour program can be personalized to your focus on special education.
Sharpen your competitive edge in the marketplace.
24-hour online access allows you to make your schedule.
This concentration prepares you to seek the Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Early Care and Education (ECE) Credential, Levels 2-5, through the Entitled Route.
Complete an inquiry project that examines an issue related to educating students with disabilities.
Depending on your goals, choose from a 20-month or 3 year program.
You’ll take four core courses in early childhood education and development, as well as a specialized sequence of seven courses for children with special needs and diverse abilities.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT & SCHOLARSHIP OPTIONS
With dozens of scholarships and financial aid opportunities, our team is here to help you make your graduate education more affordable.
Based on your unique professional goals, we can help you understand tuition and expenses, and identify possible financial support opportunities.
Erikson Institute has partnered with Illinois Gateways to Opportunity to be able to provide an entitled application route for the Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Early Care and Education Credential, Levels 2-5.
Students in the Special Education focus area may seek these additional Illinois Gateways to Opportunity credentials to help demonstrate your content knowledge, skills and experience, especially to potential employers within Illinois. The application process, timing and related costs may vary. Learn more
Here are answers to frequently asked questions.
Illinois licensed teachers, administrators, or other school professionals who are seeking to earn a master’s degree, or just specifically desiring to earn special education endorsements. Early childhood professionals who do not require a PEL seeking to earn a master’s degree in early childhood education and special education.
Candidates must pass the LBS1 content test in order to add the LBS1 endorsement to their PEL.