Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBSI) Endorsement


The Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBSI) is designed specifically for candidates who are full-time teachers and desire to expand their working knowledge base for students with exceptionalities. This program trains teachers to meet the multiple and unique needs of students with learning, behavioral/emotional, mental, and/or physical disabilities at the elementary-, middle-, and high-school levels. Teachers trained through a non-categorical model are better prepared to work with students' complex and multiple needs.

The program curriculum covers the knowledge and skills of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Content Standards for Special Educators-Learning Behavior Specialist I (LSBI). Instructional formats include both in-person and blended online formats. Classes are delivered in a hybrid of face-to-face at convenient times to allow travel from schools and in online blended formats. The goal of the program is that up to 40% of classes are delivered online. The program is accredited by CAEP and ISBE.

Program benefits

  • Earn your endorsement while working full time, through convenient class-times and blended online formats.
  • Eligibility for Learning Behavior Specialist I endorsement. The endorsement will cover the same grade range as your first endorsement.
  • Study at a respected program accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
  • Gain experience working with diverse student populations through field-based courses.


Cohorts are available at the Water Tower Campus starting every Summer (mid-May) term. This cohort program is available to Chicago Public School teachers and Catholic school teachers with a tuition discount.

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