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Special Education Approval Courses

Chicago and Schaumburg Campuses 

Roosevelt University specializes in preparing practicing teachers and teachers-in-training to teach children with exceptional learning needs within the LBSI spectrum.  The addition of an LBSI approval to a teaching license is very useful for teachers who are teaching or seek employment in districts that utilize a model of inclusion for students with disabilities. 

All of the requirements to obtain an LBSI approval from the State of Illinois may be completed during the summer semester, or over the duration of the academic year.  During the summer semester, all LBSI approval courses are offered in a 1-week, intensive format, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  During the fall and spring semesters, courses are offered on Saturdays in Schaumburg, and in the evening at both campuses.  Both undergraduates and graduate students may enroll in these courses.

Experienced, highly effective, and very qualified instructors teach all courses.  For more information about the LBSI approval, please contact Laura Lag in Schaumburg at, or Lilibeth Castillo in Chicago at  Information Sessions also are available at both campuses throughout the year.

LBSI Approval Course Requirements

SPED 319/419, Survey of Exceptional Children (3 credit hours), and SPED 340/440, Assessment in Special Education (3 credit hours), are required courses for the LBSI approval.  SPED 319/419 or an equivalent course is typically taken as part of initial licensure programs, and therefore most students do not need to register for this course.

Two other four credit hour courses are required.  Students must choose one course from Category A below, and one course from Category B.

Category A

  • SPED 342/442: Characteristics and Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities:  Cognitive Disabilities (20 field hours)

  • SPED 345/445: Characteristics and Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities:  Physical Disabilities and Other Health Impairments (20 field hours)

Category B

  • SPED 343/443: Characteristics and Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities:  Behavior Problems (20 field hours)

  • SPED 346/446: Characteristics and Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities:  Perception and Other Specific Learning Disabilities (20 field hours)

Field Experiences

Each methods course requires the completion of the field hours listed above.  Field hours may be completed in special education settings at the school where a teacher works, or may be waived with evidence of teaching experience in classrooms with students who have exceptional learning needs.  All field hours must be completed during the semester in which the courses are offered.

Additional State Requirements

Students seeking the LBSI Approval also must pass the LBSI content test (#155).  Please visit for more information.


If you are a student at Roosevelt University, no application is necessary.  Simply contact the advisors listed below.

If you are not already a student at Roosevelt University, please follow these steps to apply for admission and register for courses:

  • Complete the online application for admission to graduate programs.  Apply for admission to the MA degree in Teacher Leadership, and indicate that you are interested in the Special Education concentration. 
  • If you are a certified teacher, send an official transcript from the institution of higher education that provided you with your certification.  No other transcripts are required.  Address your official transcript to:
Roosevelt University

Office of Admission

1400 N. Roosevelt Blvd. 

Schaumburg, IL 60173

All prospective students should contact the faculty advisors below for more information about enrolling in online courses.

Tuition and Financial Support

Graduate students who are accepted into the Teacher Leadership program with at least a 3.0 admission GPA are eligible for a Dean's Scholarship that will decrease the part-time graduate tuition cost by $150 per credit hour.  Visit Roosevelt's tuition and fees page for more information about current tuition costs and fees.

To retain the Dean’s Scholarship, graduate students must enroll in two courses per semester and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in their graduate program.

Qualified applicants may also apply for financial aid through the Roosevelt University Office of Financial Aid.


For Schaumburg courses, please contact Laura Lag at  For Chicago courses, please contact Lilibeth Castillo at

Attend an Information Session