Learning & Behavior Specialist I (LBSI)

The Learning and Behavioral Specialist I (LBSI) program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign prepares highly qualified, innovative special education teachers. At the end of this 2-year program graduates exit with a Master 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.

Typical Plan of Study (70-76 hours)

Select 1 Educational Policy, Organization and Leadership Foundations Course

4 hours

Thesis Research

2 - 8 hours

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