Special Education, M.A.

Degree + Professional Educator License + Endorsement

Engage all students in high quality academic and social settings.

The Master of Arts in Special Education program at Lewis University focuses on disabilities rights and inclusive education. Students will be placed in special education classrooms to provide a hands-on experience in diverse teaching environments in public and private schools. Upon graduation, students will know how to modify teaching styles for different abilities, cultures and environments and be qualified to teach in the State of Illinois with a professional educator license and special education (LBS1) endorsement.

LBS1 Endorsement Option

The ISBE allows educators who currently hold an Illinois teaching license to complete the coursework required for a Learning Behavior Specialist 1 (LBS1) Endorsement on their license without obtaining the Master’s degree. This endorsement would cover the same grade ranges as their current license.

The Special Education graduate program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and fully approved by the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board and the Illinois State Board of Education

Scholarship Options

  • Mines-Quinlan Annual Scholarship
  • Special Education Annual Scholarship
  • TEACH Grant
  • Resources for the Education of Adults in the Chicago Area (REACH) Scholarship
Visit the Financial Aid for Educational Studies page for more information on education scholarships.

Sample Courses:

  • Development and Characteristics of Learners
  • Disability Studies in Education
  • Transitions and Students with High Support Needs
  • Partnerships for Inclusive Education
  • Content Area Reading Strategies for Adolescent Learners
  • Integrating Educational and Assistive Technology into the Classroom

Career Options:

  • Special Education Teacher
  • Social and Human Services Assistant
  • Remedial Skills Instructor
  • Pediatric Hospital Educator

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) for the final 60 credit hours completed
  • Official college transcripts from all institutions previously attended
  • Successful completion of Lewis University COE Graduate Writing Sample
  • Submission of graduate application form with non-refundable application fee
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Meet with the appropriate Department Chair or Program Director for a personal interview to discuss educational goals
NOTE: Passing the Basic Skills Test is required by the state of Illinois before the student teaching semester. While this is not a requirement for admission to any of our programs, we strongly recommend that students seeking a Professional Educator License complete this requirement as quickly as possible. Students are considered to be a provisional candidate for the education program until the Basic Skills requirement is met. The tests that meet the Basic Skills requirement are the following:
  • Test of Academic Proficiency
  • Score of 22 or higher on the ACT plus a minimum score of 6 on the Writing Exam
  • Score of 1110 or higher on the SAT (evidence-based reading and writing + mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on the writing and language

Please refer to the Office of Graduate Admission for application requirements and specific next steps.

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