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Special Education

The School of Education offers an undergraduate major in special education, which entitles the student to qualify for the State of Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) with the Learning Behavior Specialist I endorsement. The special education major prepares teachers to teach students with disabilities, ages K to 21 receiving services along the full continuum of service delivery options. Our Special Education Learning Behavior Specialist I program is fully approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. It is also nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) meeting the professional teacher standards for the preparation of special educators. The Special Education program also prepares students to work with infants and toddlers with disabilities and developmental delays and coursework toward the Early Childhood Special Education approval.

Our Special Education program provides students with valuable active learning opportunities, integrating courses and field-based experiences that equip them with the skills to be successful professionals in the future. The undergraduate program reflects the faculty’s strong commitment to addressing students’ educational interests, developing personal relationships and providing a supportive learning environment. Outstanding faculty work directly with students and create a wide range of opportunities for professional preparation and research.

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Make a Difference

Have what it takes to be a teacher? Click here to see a short video about how you can make a difference for students with disabilities.

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Student Leadership

Our undergraduate and graduate students are involved in research, grant activity, and community leadership.  Read how to get involved.