The LBS1 Endorsement program is designed specifically for candidates who are full-time teachers and strive to expand their knowledge, skills, and dispositions for working with students with exceptionalities. In an ever changing diverse educational environment where there are crucial needs to support all learners in an inclusive environment and high demand teaching fields, it is critical to provide a licensing program specifically designed to meet the needs of educators including: 1) those who are licensed but new to special education who seek the LBS1 endorsement, and 2) those who are seeking to learn more about special education, but who are not applying for licensure or endorsement. The LBS1 will enable educators to work with students with disabilities and will assist educators in learning about a wide range of exceptionalities, assessment types, and differentiated and collaborative instructional delivery models. The program will combine a balanced approach of theory and application and will prepare educators to be culturally responsive educational leaders in the classroom.
For candidates with a valid Illinois PEL, the LBS1 Endorsement will be for the grade range currently held, i.e. Early Childhood (Birth - 2nd, Birth - 3rd), Elementary (K - 9th, 1st - 6th), Middle Grade (5th - 8th), Senior High (9th - 12th), Secondary Programs (6th - 12th or 9th -12th). (Note that due to updates by ISBE, grade range licensure has changed.) Those who do not hold a valid Illinois Teaching PEL are not eligible for this endorsement. For out-of-state candidates, please be informed that the LBS1 program is considered a four-course sequence for a specific grade range licensure in Illinois and is not a complete special education program.
The LBS1 program clinical experiences are embedded in the courses, meaning course assignments and field work are contingent one upon the other. The coursework and embedded clinical experiences align with the Illinois State Board of Education Content Standards for Special Educators-Learning Behavior Specialist I. The learning outcomes are aligned to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), 2002 Common Core of Standards for All Special Educators (CC), ISBE 2002 Standards for the Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS), and Council for Exceptional Children (2012) Initial Level Special Educator Preparation Standards (CEC). The learning objectives are also aligned with the 2013 Illinois Professional Teaching Standards (IPTS), and the Olivet Nazarene University Teacher Education Conceptual Framework (ONU): Professionals Influencing Lives – 1. Foundations, 2. Professionalism, 3. Curriculum/ Instruction/ Evaluation, and 4. Christ-Centered Character.