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M.S.Ed. in Special Education, Specialization in Learning Behavior Specialist I


What will I study?

This program is for you if you are looking to become a special education teacher. You will learn about working with students who have a variety of disabilities and abilities, teaching all students, and integrating students into schools and community organizations. You will also learn to incorporate common core standards into everyday instruction, how to develop individual education plans and how to use assistive technology in your classroom.

Who would be interested in taking the program?

The program is open to anyone seeking initial licensure as a special education teacher of individuals with disabilities other than visual disabilities and deafness.

Are classes offered online or in person?

Most classes are offered in person at the DeKalb, Naperville, or Hoffman Estate campuses. Some classes may be offered in a hybrid online/in-person format. Online class sessions may occur weekly with the number of in-person meeting determined by each professor. Classes are available during fall, spring, and summer sessions.

Can I customize my degree?

In addition to the core coursework, students have the option to choose from research courses. 

Is the program accredited?

The M.S.Ed. in Special Education, Specialization in Learning Behavior Specialist I is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Accreditation assures quality and supports continuous program improvement.

Where are grads working?

Graduates of the program teach in school districts throughout Illinois and beyond, in states such as Wisconsin, Indiana, Florida, Arizona, and California. Ninety percent of our graduates find employment within one year of graduating from the program.

How do I apply?

Read about admission requirements, then apply.