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Non-Traditional Options for Special Ed. Teacher Licensure * posted 2020

SIU-C Special Ed. Teacher LBS1 Cohort
Requirements: Associate’s Degree and currently employed as a Paraprofessional for a District or a Sp. Ed. Cooperative3 year, night/weekend program
Ronesha Peterson: GYO Advisor at 

Grand Canyon University
Requirements: H.S. Diploma. 4 year, online program
Special Ed. Degree options include Special Ed LBS1/Elementary Ed. dual certification OR Sp. Ed. Early Childhood/Early Childhood duel certification.
Suzie Lawson, Counselor at

University of West Florida
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in an area other than Special Ed. 12-15 month,
online program for LBS1 Endorsement.  
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Sarah Miller, 

Greenville University
LBS1 Endorsement on a Gen Ed Teaching License
with ISBE Short Term Emergency Approval

National Louis University 

*LBSI endorsement is for teachers with a valid Illinois Professional Educator License endorsed for early childhood and self-contained general education (age 0 to grade 3), self-contained general education (kindergarten to grade 9) or secondary education with applicable levels and content areas. In order to earn the endorsement, candidates must pass the LBS I content test.

*Early Childhood Special Education approval on a Professional Educator License already endorsed for self-contained general education (age 0 to grade 3)
or LBS I (PreK to age 21) by having completed the four courses required by the Illinois State Board of Education. 

Illinois Golden Apple Accelerators Program