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Special Education - Specialist in Learning & Behavior

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As the largest specialty program, the Learning and Behavior Specialist prepares students to teach in most public special education classrooms. Specialists in Learning and Behavior teach children with learning, emotional, or cognitive disabilities, orthopedic impairments, autism spectrum, multiple disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, or other health impairments.

Why Study Special Education - Specialist in Learning & Behavior?

Special education teachers can be found at all grade levels. They instruct students with a variety of disabilities, such as visual and hearing impairments, learning disabilities, and physical disabilities. Special education teachers design and modify instructions to meet the special needs of their students.

Related Majors

Related Skills

  • Enthusiastic about teaching
  • Desire to work with special needs students
  • Good written and communication skills
  • Good sense of humor and patience
  • Good team member
  • Ability to analyze student behavior and help students to overcome day to day problems

Being Successful in the Field

  • Mastery of the common core of knowledge considered necessary for all special educators
  • Mastery of specialized knowledge required to effectively teach students with specific disabilities
  • Beginning proficiency in common core and specialized performance standards demonstrated disposition for the field of special education

Related Fields

  • Adult Education Teacher
  • Agency Director
  • Assistant Principal
  • Athletic Coach
  • Athletic Director
  • Case Worker
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Educational Administrator
  • Educational Therapist
  • Elementary Teacher
  • Employee Training Instructor
  • Family Service Worker
  • Job Coach
  • Orientation and Mobility Instructor
  • Personnel Director
  • Preschool Administrator
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Principal
  • Residential Counselor
  • Resource Teacher School
  • School Superintendent

Career Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Renee Carrigan  110 Student Services Building  rdcarig@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-2200 

Internship Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Karen Mills  DeGarmo 56  kmills@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-5053 
Marleen Monts  DeGarmo 56  mlmonts@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-3549 

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for fall transfer students is September 1-January 15. For the spring semester, the preferred filing period is from April 1-August 1. You are encouraged to apply early in the preferred filing period for best consideration for admission into competitive majors. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Minimum GPA

2.70

Middle 50% GPA

2.89 - 3.49

Required Courses

None

Recommended Courses

  • Introductory special education or The Exceptional Learner (SED 101)
  • Child growth and development (TCH 210)
  • Introduction to psychology (PSY 110)
  • Math for Elementary Teachers I or Dimensions of Numerical Reasoning (MAT 130) equivalent
  • Math for Elementary Teachers II

Additional Information

It is strongly recommended that students meet the Basic Skills Requirement prior to enrollment. Visit the College of Education's website for details on acceptable ACT or SAT scores which can be used to meet this requirement.

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Megan Baxter  DeGarmo Hall 61H  mebaxte@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-2314 
Janet Caldwell  DeGarmo Hall 61G  jecaldw@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-2959 
Jane Koscielak  DeGarmo Hall 61C  jdkosci@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-5133 

Middle 50% GPA

2.89 - 3.49

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Application Period

Applications are always available.

Application Information

Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on My.IllinoisState.edu.

Major Requirements

Admission is competitive, based on GPA, and the department may limit enrollment due to space limitations. A written essay is required with application.

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Megan Baxter  DeGarmo Hall 61H  mebaxte@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-2314 
Janet Caldwell  DeGarmo Hall 61G  jecaldw@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-2959 
Jane Koscielak  DeGarmo Hall 61C  jdkosci@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-5133 
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