Learning Behavior Specialist I - Special Education (Pre-K - Age 21)

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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. The program prepares students to act as advocates 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 students of all ages. They also learn to motivate individuals and groups to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning and self-motivation. Successful completion of the program leads to the State of Illinois Professional Educator’s License (PEL) with an endorsement in LBSI.

State and National Recognition:

  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

Learning Behavioral Specialist majors may begin observing in local classrooms during the first semester of their freshman year and continue working with students in the school setting 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.

Bradley’s Teacher Education faculty aligns the curriculum with the Illinois Professional Teaching standards and with NCATE/CAEP to ensure that Bradley University coursework, projects, assignments and experiences prepare students to obtain licensure/certification nationwide. Bradley faculty cultivates relationships with eight professional development schools where students may gain experience in the classroom during their field experiences, novice teaching or student teaching.

Opportunities at Bradley
Outside the classroom, Bradley’s Learning Behavior Specialist majors have many cocurricular and cooperative learning experiences.

Students are involved in campus chapters of professional organizations that relate to various programs in Teacher Education, including:

  • Golden Apple
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) through BAEYC
  • National Education Association (NEA)
  • Bradley Student Education Association (BSEA)

Students may also be involved in the Best Buddies Program or tutor children through America Reads. They may be inducted into Phi Delta Kappa and Pi Lambda Theta, education honor societies with Bradley chapters.

Beyond Bradley
Recent graduates have earned a 100% pass rate on the Illinois licensure tests. Bradley Teacher Education graduates enjoy a high job placement rate and find rewarding careers upon graduation. Bradley University offers master’s degree programs in Leadership in Educational Administration, Human Development Counseling and Curriculum and Instruction, with focus areas in Special Education, Reading, and Multidisciplinary.