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This non-degree, on-campus program is designed to prepare current educators to help students with disabilities to fully develop their intellectual and social capabilities.

The Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS I) Endorsement program is designed for teachers who are either:

  • Currently employed and interested in earning their LBS I endorsement in a flexible format through evening classes, or
  • Interested in working with students with disabilities at the grade range of their current Professional Educator License

Upon completion of the endorsement coursework, candidates may complete additional coursework to receive a Master of Arts in Education degree

Download the Learning Behavior Specialist endorsement program brochure (pdf)

Endorsement Requirements

Candidates may apply for the Learning Behavior Specialist endorsement upon satisfactory completion of the prescribed curriculum while maintaining a grade point average of 3.0 out of 4.0. In addition, candidates must: 

  • Hold a valid Professional Educator License (PEL)
  • Pass the Learning Behavior Specialist content test

The endorsement program can be completed in approximately three to four semesters.

Learning Behavioral Specialist (1) Learning Outcomes
  • Understand theoretical foundations of teaching the exceptional child
  • Identify general characteristics of children with disabilities within the LBS I scope
  • Apply general methods for teaching children with disabilities within the LBS I scope
  • Demonstrate psychological assessment of children with disabilities within the LBS I scope
Curriculum for the Learning Behavior Specialist Endorsement

For course descriptions, please visit the University Bulletin.

Course # Course Title Credits
SPED 526 Psycho-Educational Diagnosis (Ages 3-21) 4
SPED 649 Psychology and Characteristics of Students with Disabilities (cross-listed with SPED 522 Exceptional Children: Characteristics and the Special Education Process) 3
SPED 659 Managing Challenging Behaviors 3
SPED 664 Curriculum and Methods for Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities 3

In addition to the above curriculum, choose one of the following:

  • SPED 654 Academic Methods for Early Childhood-Elementary Level Students with Disabilities (for candidates with an elementary endorsement on their license)
  • SPED 655 Academic Methods for Middle and Secondary Level Students with Disabilities (2 credit hours) (for candidates with a secondary endorsement on their license)