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Roosevelt University specializes in preparing teachers to teach children with exceptional learning needs within the LBS1 spectrum. The addition of an LBS1 endorsement 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.
Effective until December 31, 2018, Roosevelt will waive all fees and provide CPS teachers with a 57% tuition reduction on the courses that count toward the LBS1 endorsement. CPS teachers pay only $360 a credit hour for these courses. A typical LBS1 endorsement is 11 credit hours, or $3,960. This is the total cost of this non-degree program.
All of the requirements to obtain an LBS1 endorsement from the State of Illinois can be completed during the summer semester, or over the duration of the academic year. During the summer semester, all LBS1 endorsement courses are offered either in a 1-week, intensive format, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online in a semester long format. During the fall and spring semesters, courses are offered online. Both undergraduates and graduate students may enroll in these courses.
LBS1 Endorsement Course Requirements
Two core courses are required:
- SPED 319/419, Survey of Exceptional Children (3 credit hours)
- SPED 340/440, Assessment in Special Education (3 credit hours)
Two other four credit hour courses are required. Students must choose one course from Category A below, and one course from Category B.
- 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)
- 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)
Each methods course requires the completion of the field hours listed above. Veteran teachers can have their field experience 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 LBS1 Endorsement also must pass the LBS1 content test (#155). Please visit https://www.il.nesinc.com for more information and to register for the test.
If you are a student at Roosevelt University, no application is necessary. Simply contact your advisor.
If you are not already a student at Roosevelt University, please follow these steps to apply for admission and register for courses. You can start your coursework in the fall, spring, or summer semester.
- If you would like to apply your LSB1 courses toward a graduate degree, complete the online application for admission to graduate programs. A completed application for admission is required or all students. Apply for admission to the MA degree in Second Language Special Education or the MA degree in Teaching and Learning.
- If you plan to take only the LBS1 courses, and do not intend to earn a graduate degree, complete and submit an Application for Graduate Students-At-Large. Indicate on the form that you are interested in the LBS1 Endorsement. The completed application should be submitted by email to Laura Lag at firstname.lastname@example.org or by postal mail to Laura Lag, Assistant Dean, College of Education, Roosevelt University, 430 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
- All applicants should send an official transcript from the institution of higher education that provided you with your most recent academic degree. No other transcripts are required. Address your official transcript to:
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Tuition and Financial Support
Please visit Roosevelt's tuition and fees page for more information about current tuition costs and fees.
Qualified applicants can also apply for financial aid through the Roosevelt University Office of Financial Aid.