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SPECIAL EDUCATION LICENSURE OPTIONS FOR CURRENT TEACHERS


Disclaimer: This information is based on SIUE's interpretation of ISBE requirements at the time the document was prepared. Students are responsible for completing licensure requirements current with ISBE policy. Students are strongly encouraged to verify with ISBE or a local ROE how this information will affect their licensure.

To register for classes or obtain additional information, please contact:
Special Education, 618.650.5423

Early Childhood Special Education letter of approval:

The early childhood special education approval may only be added onto an existing early childhood or special education license (type 04 or 10). This approval allows these individuals to teach early childhood special education non-categorical for children up to the age of 6.

Current SIUE students may complete this additional course of study along with their undergraduate program. Teachers completing it after graduation must apply for the approval at the Regional Office of Education in their county. Based on the broad areas defined by the Illinois State Board of Education, SIUE has identified the required courses as listed below.

SPE 440 (or 498). Infants and Toddlers with Special Needs and Their Families (3 cr)
SPE 441. Assessment of Preschool Exceptional Children (3 cr)
SPE 442. Meth & Proc for Teachers of Early Childhood Students with Disabilities (3 cr)
SPPA 290 (or 490). Language Development and Acquisition for Educators (3 cr)

Special Education (LBS1) endorsement:

The special education (LBS1) endorsement may be added onto existing license (type 03, 04, 09 or 10) and, therefore, limits the holder to the grade ranges of the existing license.

Teachers must apply for the endorsement at the Regional Office of Education in their county. Based on the broad areas defined by the Illinois State Board of Education, SIUE has identified the required courses as listed below.

SPE 400 (or SPE 200 taken at SIUE). The Exceptional Child (3 cr)
SPE 502. Characteristics of Individuals with Disabilities (3 cr)
SPE 511. Individual Educational Assessment (3 cr)
SPE 522. Instructional Methods for Mildly/Moderately Disabled & At Risk Students (3 cr)

To receive the endorsement, teachers must meet the coursework requirements for an approval and pass the cross-categorical special education test (LBSI #155).

Candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the Subsequent License route.

Students pursuing this option must register as an unclassified graduate student and will not be eligible for financial aid and/or student loans.

Special Education subsequent license:

The special education (LBS1) subsequent license may be earned by teachers holding an existing type 03, 04, 09 or 10 by completing the Special Education MSEd program (36 credit hours).

EPFR 501. Research Methods (3 cr)
EPFR 515. Advanced Educational Psychology (3 cr)
EPFR 520/521. Analysis of Educational Issues (3 cr)
SPE 502. Characteristics of Individuals with Disabilities (3 cr)
SPE 506. Collaboration, Consultation and Conduct in Special and General Education 3 (cr)
SPE 511. Individualized Educational Assessment (3 cr)
SPE 514. Legal Aspects of Special Education (3 cr)
SPE 522. Instructional Methods for Mildly/Moderately Disabled and At Risk Students (3 cr)
SPE 523. Instructional Methods for Students with Severe Disabilities (3 cr)
SPE 540. Behavioral Issues and the Learning Environment (3 cr)
SPE 516. Instructional and Assistive Technology (3 cr)
EPFR 502. Qualitative Inquiry in Special Education (3 cr)
SPE 595. Seminar: Issues in Special Education (3 cr)
SPE 578. Advanced Field Study (if candidate is not currently teaching) (3 cr)

Teachers who already have a master's in education and hold an existing type 03, 04, 09 or 10 license may earn the special education (LBSI) subsequent license by completing the Post MA Special Education program (24 credit hours). Teacher interested in this option must contact Student Services at 618.650.3940 to set up an evaluation for a subsequent licensure.

SPE 502. Characteristics of Individuals with Disabilities (3 cr)
SPE 506. Collaboration, Consultation and Conduct in Special and General Education (3 cr)
SPE 511. Individualized Educational Assessment (3 cr)
SPE 514. Legal Aspects of Special Education (3 cr)
SPE 522. Instructional Methods for Mildly/Moderately Disabled and At Risk Students (3 cr)
SPE 523. Instructional Methods for Students with Severe Disabilities (3 cr)
SPE 540. Behavioral Issues and the Learning Environment (3 cr)
SPE 516. Instructional and Assistive Technology (3 cr)
SPE 578. Advanced Field Study (if candidate is not currently teaching) (3 cr)
To receive the licensure, teachers must meet the coursework requirements for an approval and pass the cross-categorical special education test (test code #155), general curriculum test (test code #163) and K-12 APT (test code #104).

Candidates are strongly encouraged to consider this option. The subsequent license option will enable the holder to be considered highly qualified.

Students enrolled in the master's program will be given priority in classes.

To register for classes or obtain additional information, please contact:
Special Education, 618.650.5423

Disclaimer: This information is based on SIUE's interpretation of ISBE requirements at the time the document was prepared. Students are responsible for completing licensure requirements current with ISBE policy. Students are strongly encouraged to verify with ISBE or a local ROE how this information will affect their licensure.