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Introduction 

The online LBS I Focus Program offered at Northeastern is designed for educators who hold current Illinois state teaching credentials and would like to obtain a full Illinois LBS I teaching endorsement. This comprehensive and rigorous pathway allows educators to earn LBS I endorsement without committing to a degree program.

Program courses focus on critical special education pedagogy and skills, including positive behavior supports, response to intervention, and working with students from diverse backgrounds. Designed to meet the scheduling needs of current classroom educators, all content courses are delivered exclusively online with a final in-person practicum course conveniently hosted at the William Itkin Children's Service Center on the Northeastern main campus. Additionally, enrolled educators living 50 miles outside the University radius may complete the in-person practicum course at a school of their arrangement. 

Upon completion of the LBS I Focus Program, candidates are eligible for the LBS I Endorsement (P-21) on an existing Professional Educator License (PEL).

Career Options 

​Graduates of the Special Education - LBS I Focus Program will be prepared to work with P-21 students with exceptionalities across various disability categories within the state of Illinois. 

Please note: Enrolled educators must successfully pass requisite state exams for full endorsement, including the Special Education General Curriculum Test (#163), Learning Behavior Specialist (#155), and Assessment of Professional Teaching (#188). Additional state exams may be required depending on individual educator's valid credentials.

Department and Contact Information 

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Special Education at (773) 442-5580 or Ebony Jiminez Lee, Program Advisor, at (773) 442-5933 or e-jiminezlee@neiu.edu.

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