Listing of Non-Traditional Programs for Special Education Teaching License

SIU-C Special Ed. Teacher LBS1 Cohort Requirements: Current Associate’s Degree and currently employed as a Paraprofessional for a District or a Sp. Ed. Cooperative. 3 year, night/weekend program:​undergraduate/gyo.html *** SIU offers students in this program financial aid assistance /loan forgiveness coordination...not through TCSE employer tuition reimbursement process. For more info contact

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

Greenville University LBS1 Endorsement on a current Gen Ed Teaching License(PEL) with ISBE Short Term Emergency Approval (see quick links)

National Louis University LBSI endorsement is for teachers with a valid Illinois Teaching License (PEL) endorsed for early childhood general education (age 0 to grade 3), 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. (see quick links)

Early Childhood Special Education approval on a Professional Educator License already endorsed for self-contained general education (age 0 to grade 3 or LBSI (PreK to age 21)endorsement by having completed the four courses required by the Illinois State Board of Education.
Illinois State University The Department of Special Education at Illinois State is excited to offer the Masters in Low Vision and Blindness. This fully online program will provide teachers an opportunity to add an endorsement in low vision and blindness while obtaining a master’s degree. Illinois is experiencing severe shortages in teachers licensed to teach in the area of low vision and blindness so now is the perfect time to obtain this endorsement.

The next cohort begins summer 2023 and will accept new students every other year.

Program Highlights

-Five semester schedule (including summers) designed for working teachers -Fully online -Learn specialized skills in braille, technology, student assessment, orientation and mobility and much more -Eligible for ISBE state of Illinois endorsement in blind/visually impaired -Nationally recognized faculty

Virtual Information Sessions

Join Dr. Mindy Ely, assistant professor and program coordinator, to learn more about this program and what you can expect as a teacher of the visually impaired.Register Today!

****Apply today for Summer 2023 enrollment! The application deadline is March 15

Mindy S. Ely, Ph.D Illinois State University, Low Vision/Blindness Programs, Department of Special Education

Phone: 217-899-1193

University of Illinois -Springfield LBS1 endorsement is for **teachers with a valid Illinois Teaching License (PEL) **approved by ISBE, consists of four courses (16 semester hours).,existing%20Professional%20Educator%20License%2FEndorsements.

Western Illinois University The LBS1 endorsement at WIU, approved by ISBE, consists of four courses (13 semester hours).

An LBS1 endorsement can be added to any Professional Educator License. Further questions on any endorsements and grade levels should be directed to Tammy Wilson, WIU's Licensure Officer,

After taking the courses, you must pass the state content exam,Learning Behavior Specialist Test # 155.

  • Graduate School Application

  • The transcript from your highest degree granting institution, submitted to the School of Graduate Studies. This can be uploaded during the only application process, emailed,or mailed to the School of Graduate Studies, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455