College of Education & Human Services

Learning Behavior Specialist 1 Endorsement

Location: online

The Learning Behavior Specialist 1 (LBS1) endorsement qualifies already licensed teachers to teach in a special education setting for students in kindergarten through age 22.

This endorsement is offered through the WIU School of Education for undergraduate students, graduate students, and non-degree seeking graduate students.

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

  • SPED 510* The Exceptional Individual (3 s.h.). Most applicants have already taken such a course at the undergraduate level, which could transfer. A review of your transcripts will determine if you need to take WIU's introductory course in exceptional learners.
  • SPED 551* Characteristics of Learners with Disabilities (3 credit hours)
  • SPED 515 Diagnostic Assessment for Individuals with Exceptionalities (4 credit hours)
  • SPED 552 Instructional Methods for K-6 Learners with Disabilities (3 credit hours), or  SPED 553 Instructional Methods for Secondary Learners with Disabilities (3 credit hours).

*SPED 510 and 551 should be taken first as they are prerequisites to SPED 552/553

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 # 290

Admission Requirements

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

Quick Facts

  • All classes are online
  • Designed to meet individual educational needs and goals
  • Addresses Illinois and Iowa special education endorsement requirements. Other states will need approval from a local state education agency.
  • Can be completed in 2-3 semesters

Graduate Program Information


Special Education Program Coordinator

Kristin Wiseley

Dr. Kristin Wiseley
309-762-3999 ext. 62316


WIU Teacher Licensure Officer

Tammy Wilson

Tammy Wilson
Phone: 309-298-2117
Office: Horrabin Hall 40