Overview

Learning & Behavior Specialist I (LBS I) program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign prepares highly qualified, innovative special education teachers.  At the end of this 4-year program graduates exit with a Bachelor of Science and a LBSI initial teaching license.  This license allows graduates to teach children ages 3 to 21 with any disability (e.g., learning disabilities, social or emotional disabilities, autism, intellectual disability, physical disabilities, multiple disabilities) in a range of educational settings. Prior to proceeding to student teaching in an Illinois Education Preparation Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, prospective candidates must take and pass an Illinois approved test of basic skills. Approved tests consist of the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), ACT or SAT with approved scores. Previously passed Illinois Test of Basic Skills (096, 300 or 400) may be used to meet this requirement.  Please note:  As identified in the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)'s Teach Illinois: Strong Teachers, Strong Classrooms report, beginning June 30, 2019, the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP400) will be put on hold indefinitely while ISBE conducts a study of alternative basic skills assessments.  The last day to register for the TAP is June 27, 2019.  TAP tests passed prior to June 30, 2019, will continue to be accepted to meet the Illinois basic skills requirement past June 30, 2019.  ISBE will continue to require specific scores on the ACT or SAT as a test of basic skills for the issuance of a Professional Educator License. 

Programs Offered

On-Campus



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