Special Education Endorsement (LBS 1)

Why earn a Special Education (LBS 1) Endorsement?

The field of Special Education needs additional educators throughout the nation. A Special Education Learning Behavior Specialist 1 (LBS 1) Endorsement at the graduate level will allow practicing teachers, with a current Illinois professional teaching license, to teach in the field of Special Education and will prepare them to use a variety of theoretical and evidence-based practices to help students with disabilities to reach their full potential.

Why earn a Special Education Endorsement (LBS 1) at AU?

Aurora University's Special Education Endorsement LBS 1 graduate program will provide you with a strong knowledge base to effectively work with students who exhibit a wide range of disabilities. You will complete a comprehensive curriculum, learn to evaluate current research, and conduct your own research in the classroom. You will benefit from varied experiences that allow you to apply the theory you learn to real-world situations in your school district.

Program details

This program is designed for teachers who hold a current Illinois teaching license and wish to earn an endorsement in special education. A student teaching or internship experience is not required.

The program is available in a variety of formats, including fully remote courses, at district cohort sites, and through AU Online.

Children with special needs paint the world in beautiful colors each day. Anonymous

2022 annual median salary for special education teachers


2022-2032 job openings projected each year

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career possibilities

  • Behavior specialist
  • Disability case manager
  • Home-bound teacher
  • Hospital and treatment center teacher
  • Juvenile detention center teacher
  • Remedial skills instructor (GED preparation)
  • Special education advocate
  • Special education teacher
  • Vocational rehabilitation professional

Career options with additional education

  • Educational therapist
  • Education-training administrator
  • Guidance counselor
  • Librarian
  • School psychologist
  • Speech pathologist
  • Professor
  • Vocational rehabilitation counselor