Learning Behavior Specialist with Elementary Education

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Dean Cantu
Department Chair
dcantu@bradley.edu

The Degree
Bradley’s Department of Teacher Education offers an undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Learning Behavior Specialist I – Elementary Education. The purpose of the program is to ensure students have the ability to act as an advocate for children and youth with special needs and programs in special education. Students in the program develop skills to comprehend how disabilities impact the cognitive, physical, emotional, social, and communication development of all students of all ages as well as to motivate individuals and groups to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation. Completion of the program enables students with eligibility for State of Illinois teacher certification as a special education teacher (ages 3- 21) with an endorsement in Learning Behavioral Specialist I – Elementary Education.

Program Accreditation

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
  • Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

Curriculum
For Learning Behavioral Specialist majors, real world experience begins as soon as they step onto campus. At Bradley, students begin observing local classrooms during the first semester of their freshman year throughout their senior year. This opportunity allows students to gain a better understanding of the teaching process and prepares them for student teaching during their final semester.

The teaching faculty at Bradley align the curriculum to meet the Illinois Professional Teaching and NCATE standards to ensure the Bradley University coursework, projects, assignments, and experience will prepare students to obtain certification and licensure nationally. Faculty also have relationships with several professional development schools where the students may gain experience instead of a lab school setting.

Opportunities at Bradley
Outside of the classroom, Bradley’s Learning Behavior Specialist majors enjoy many co curricular and cooperative learning experiences, including:

  • College LiveText software
  • Institute for Gifted and Talented Youth
  • Simpson Curriculum Materials Center

Students are involved in campus chapters of professional organizations, including:

  • Council of Exceptional Children (CEC)
  •  Golden Apple
  • National Education Association (NEA)
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Recently, graduates from the program have earned a 97 percent pass rate on the Illinois Certification Test. Graduate school opportunities at Bradley University consist of master’s degree programs in:

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Special Education (C & I, LBS -1)
  • Leadership in Educational Administration
  • Human Development Counseling

Our graduates enjoy a placement rate of 95-99 percent in recent years with careers in various organizations including:

  • School districts
  • Caterpillar
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Rogy’s Learning Place 
  •  PALS Preschool
  • Sylvan Learning Center