Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

Special Education


The Special Education minor is designed so that the student qualifies for an Illinois LBSI endorsement on the teaching license at the time of degree conferral. The endorsement extends to the grade level of the license. Completion of this minor meets a designated teacher shortage area and enhances your credentials to meet the needs of all students. Grades of "C-" or lower are not counted toward fulfillment of minor requirements.

Please note: This minor is available to Education majors only.

Required courses

Learning Behavioral Specialist I (LBSI) Requirements
(39 credit hours)

  • TLSC 120: Learning & Developmental Theory into
                         Practice (1 credit hour)
  • TLSC 140: Teaching, Learning & Leading for Social Justice
                         (1 credit hour)
  • TLSC 150: Developing Constructive Learning
                         Environments (1 credit hour)
  • TLSC 160: Analyzing Culturally-Responsive Classroom
                         Instruction (1 credit hour)
  • TLSC 221: Individualizing Instruction and Assessment for Diverse Students
                        (2 credit hours)
  • TLSC 222: Authentic Assessment and Instruction for Bilingual Learners 
                        (2 credit hours)
  • TLSC 260: Typical and Atypical Development
                        (2 credit hours)
  • TLSC 261: Significant Disabilities and Life Planning
                        (2 credit hours; candidates required to 
                         complete Inclusion Observation Project)
  • TLSC 310: Language & Literacy for Diverse Students
                        (2 credit hours)
  • TLSC 320: Using Classroom Data to Advance Student
                         Achievement (2 credit hours)
  • TLSC 330: Literacy in Specific Contexts
                        (2 credit hours)                    
  • TLSC 340: Teaching & Learning in an Area/Specialization
                        (2 credit hours)                   
  • TLSC 350: Teaching & Learning with a Global Framework
                        (4 credit hours; candidates required to include 
                        UDL within instructions lesson or unit plan)

  • CIEP M31/478: Behavior Intervention (3 credit hours)
  • TLSC 380: TLLSC Internship: Student Teaching
                       (12 credit hours; candidate's placement must
                        be in an inclusion setting)


  • Testing: Learning Behavior Specialist I Exam (#155).
    (Recommended that it be taken after Sequence 7)