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Learning Behavior Specialist 1

Learning Behavior Specialist 1 (LBS1) (Special Education)

Supporting learner success across contexts, the LBS1/Special Education program is a K-12 additional endorsement added to an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL), and is therefore, available only to practicing licensed teachers and Lake Forest College teacher candidates.

The LBS1 (Special Education) additional endorsement prepares candidates to support students with diverse learning needs, including students with disabilities, in a variety of settings. At a time when the number of K-12 students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 Accommodation Plans, both guided by the Individuals with Disabilities Act (ADA), are on rise, this endorsement equips passionate educators with the theoretical knowledge and strategies to work with and advocate for students and their families, and to support a school (or district) in helping students succeed both in special education settings and in the general education curriculum.

Special educators are extraordinary teachers with deep knowledge and passion for working with students of diverse learning and behavioral needs as well as their families and the school community in providing exceptional learning opportunities to their students. This program provides candidates with critical historical, legislative, legal, and cultural perspectives on special education, solid foundation on the cognitive, physical, emotional, social, and communication development of individuals and variations thereof, and practiced familiarity with evidence-based strategies for assessment, planning and instruction, the learning environment, collaboration with multiple partners, and a range of professional and leadership experiences through which to nurture the growth and success of diverse students.

For current Lake Forest College Teacher Candidates

Coursework for the LBS1 additional endorsement are integrated into the licensure course sequence and in specialized advanced seminars. Coursework is adjusted by primary licensure pathway.

  • EDUC 210: Observing the Schooling Process
  • EDUC 215: Instructional Communications: Theory and Practice
  • EDUC 220: Philosophy of Education
  • EDUC 303/403 OR EDUC 313/413
  • EDUC 304/404 OR EDUC 314/414
  • EDUC 416/516 OR EDUC 419/519
  • EDUC 417/517 OR EDUC 420/520 OR EDUC 422/522
  • EDUC 418/518 OR EDUC 421/521
  • EDUC 486/586: Advanced Seminar: Learning Behavior Specialist 1 (Special Education)

Application is due with Checkpoint 1 Program Entrance Review and Interview.

Alumni Accelerated Program

Practicing teachers who completed their licensure program at Lake Forest College with relevant coursework can obtain the LBS1 Education through an accelerated program. The accelerated program requires two additional courses, one in summer (June term) and another one in fall, both of which can be taken in any sequence. Candidates must have completed the following courses as part of their primary licensure program:

  • EDUC 210: Observing the Schooling Process
  • EDUC 215: Instructional Communications: Theory and Practice
  • EDUC 220: Philosophy of Education
  • EDUC 303/403 OR EDUC 313/413
  • EDUC 304/404 OR EDUC 314/414
  • EDUC 416/516 OR EDUC 419/519
  • EDUC 417/517 OR EDUC 420/520 OR EDUC 422/522
  • EDUC 418/518 OR EDUC 421/521
  • EDUC 314/414: Integrating the Learning Environment

Additional coursework:

  • EDUC 426/526:
  • EDUC 486/586: Advanced Seminar: Learning Behavior Specialist 1 (Special Education)

To apply, complete the Educational Endorsement Application or contact the Education Department Program Coordinator, Adrienne Thoms at 847-735-5169 or thoms@lakeforest.edu.

Application deadline:

May 1 (for summer course start date)

August 15 (for fall course start date)