Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

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Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBSI) Endorsement

  • 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.
  • Support students with a variety of academic, social, and behavioral needs.
  • Provide effective, universally-designed instruction for all students.
  • Prevent failure for students who are at risk using evidence-based strategies.
  • Use research-based assessment and intervention supports to promote student success.


Applicants will hold a valid teaching license. Candidates without a general education endorsement should apply to the MEd in Special Education for non-teachers.

Required Courses (18 semester hours)

  • CIEP 401: The Exceptional Child
  • CIEP 477: Academic Assessment and Interventions
  • CIEP 478: Behavior Assessment and Interventions
  • CIEP 501: Exceptional Learner Part II
  • CIEP 510: Accessing and Adapting the General 
                       Education Curriculum
  • CIEP 511: Developmental Theory and Disabilities

Course Sequences

The LBSI Endorsement program comprises one year of coursework (18 total hours) that is completed in a specified sequence (subject to change).

Summer CIEP 401 The Exceptional Child
CIEP 511 Developmental Theory and Disabilities
Fall CIEP 477 Academic Assessment and Interventions
CIEP 478 Behavior Assessment and Interventions
Spring CIEP 501 Exceptional Learner Part II
CIEP 510 Accessing and Adapting the General
                  Education Curriculum

Continuous Enrollments: Master's candidates in Special Education are required to maintain the status of continuous enrollment during their program of studies. This means that during each semester of each academic year (excluding Summer Sessions), each candidate must enroll in at least one course. A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request and the approval of the School of Education’s Associate Dean of Student Academic Services.

Application Deadline: 
Summer: March 1 
(semester begins mid-May)
Applicants who are admitted need to commit to attending Loyola by April 2nd


Cohort Model: This program is following a cohort model. A cohort of students who attend together all of the required courses leading to a degree. In this model, students benefit from networking and building professional relationships with one another during the course of their program. Once a cohort is formed, the students remain together for the duration of their endorsement program. The development of the cohort is contingent upon reaching the required numbers of enrolled students.


A Completed Application Form
You may submit your application form online


Official Transcripts
Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work. To be eligible for admission, your transcript must show an earned bachelor's degree or a bachelor’s degree in progress. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. If you attended Loyola University Chicago previously, you do not need to request transcripts; we have them on record.


Transcripts must show a GPA of at least a 3.0. In exceptional cases, applicants whose undergraduate GPA is below 3.0 may be admitted. Each program area gives meaningful consideration to the applicant's graduate GPA, recommendations, professional experience and reasons for pursuing a graduate program, as well as to the diversity of the student body.


One Letter of Recommendation and One Reference
We ask that you submit one letter of recommendation and list one additional contact  the application committee may follow up with directly.  Recommenders and References may be academic or professional in nature.


If you supply your recommender’s email address as part of your completed online application form, then your recommendation letter may be submitted online. Or, your recommender may choose to mail them to:


Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
820 N. Michigan Ave.
Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60611


A Personal Statement
Your statement should be 1-3 pages, and you should describe your:

  • Academic and research interests, as well as your professional goals;
  • Life experiences that have influenced your view of social justice.



Illinois Teaching License
Proof of a Professional Educator License should be submitted.

For detailed information, visit
the Office of the Bursar's Tuition & Fees page for the Graduate School of Education.

For additional information on billing, payment, and policies, please visit the Office of the Bursar. For information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities, visit Loyola's Financial Aid Office and Financial Assistance through the School of Education.


Cohort Discount

Chicago Public School teachers attending this program in a cohort will receive a 20% tuition reduction.  Catholic School teachers attending this program in a cohort will receive a 33.3% tuition reduction.  A minimum of 12 participants is required in each cohort to receive the tution discount.  Cohorts begin every fall (end of August).

  • Program Director: Hank Bohanon
    Phone: 312.915.7099
    E-mail: hbohano@luc.edu

Faculty Expertise

  • Curriculum foundations-practice-policies
  • Field-based teacher education and teacher advocacy
  • Collaborative school-community partnerships
  • Language, literacy, and culture
  • Culturally responsive practice and curriculum reform
  • Spirituality & transformative curriculum leadership
  • Disciplinary expertise: Math, Science, ELA, Social Studies, Elementary Ed, Special Ed, and Early Childhood