For a master’s degree in Learning and Behavior Specialist II 

Advanced credential available to holders of the following standard or master licensures in Special Education:
  • Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS I)
  • Teacher of Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired
  • Teacher of Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Speech-Language Pathologist

Thus, admission to the LBS II program is contingent upon initial licensure in Special Education. 

Students who enter an LBS II program must have met all standards associated with the initial licensure they hold. In addition, students may submit documentation of having met individual indicators and standards with LBS II programs. Examples of ways to have met standards for which documentation might be submitted include previous coursework, work and volunteer experience. The Department of Special Education will evaluate st

The purpose of this part-time program is to develop highly skilled, innovative Multiple Disabilities Specialists who have expertise in educating students with severe and multiple disabilities (e.g., intellectual disabilities, autism, traumatic brain injury, complex health care needs, orthopedic impairments). The program prepares specialists to effectively (a) individualize the curriculum to address academic and life skills, (b) implement behavior focused interventions, (c) use curriculum and performance-based assessments to make instructional decisions, (d) create inclusive educational environments, (e) work effectively with culturally diverse populations, (f) incorporate research-based practices into teaching practices and curricula, (g) ensure positive educational and transition outcomes, and (h) build strong ties through collaboration with families, teachers, and other professionals. 


The Learning Behavior Specialist II (LBS II) Master’s Program includes the following areas of emphasis:

  • Multiple Disabilities Specialist*

Degree Requirements

SPED 517 Disability Issues*
SPED 526 Collaborative Leadership*
SPED 591 Innovative Project/Research Methods*
SPED 591 Conduct Innovative Project*
SPED 524 Supervised Practice in SPED*
SPED 440 Instructional Strategies I*
SPED 448 Curriculum Development III*
SPED 471 Learning Environments II*
SPED 432 Multiple Disabilities*
SPED 460 Communication & Physical Disabilities*
SPED 590 Seminar for Advanced Students*(MD)
Pick One From Each Group:
EPS 400, 402, 403, 404, 420, 421, 423, 424, or 426*
EPS 401, 410, 411, 412, 413, or 414*
EPSY 400, 401, 402, or 485*
EPSY 404, 405, 406, or 430*
Total Credit Hours

Masters of Science (M.S.)

This option combines a thesis requirement with the master’s of education program requirements. This option is planned in collaboration with the student’s advisor.