Special Education

Students completing the Special Education Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBSI) program will be qualified to teach all phases of Special Education K-12, ages 5-21.

In order to best meet the needs of schools and their Special Education staffing, the LBSI Program is aligned with a major in Elementary Education. Our LBSI program, with an endorsement in Elementary Education, is the ideal staffing direction to meet the needs of the schools. Further, this combination will better ensure the employment of Eureka College graduates.

The Special Education LBSI Program has been aligned with:

  • Eureka College Goals
  • Teacher Education Program Conceptual Framework
  • Illinois Professional Teaching Standards
  • Core Standards for Special Educators
  • General Curricular Standards for Special Education Teachers
  • LBSI Standards

The Elementary Education Major is offered with or without Teacher Licensure.

“All I am or hope to be as teacher I owe to Eureka’s Special Education department. …The Education department at Eureka challenges you, but they also care about your individual success. They work hard every day to make sure we are being challenged, cared for, and are well-prepared. There is no Special Education program like the one here at Eureka College.”

Amanda Dickey,
Class of 2017

Special Education

Dr. Debra Loomis
dloomis@eureka.edu
(309) 467-6864
Burklund Education Center
300 East College Ave.
Eureka, IL 61530

112.5-122.5 hours of coursework, consisting of the following:

Content Area Standards

The following Content Area Standards courses are required of all Special Education majors. Many of these courses align with requirements in the Eureka College General Education Curriculum. Students should consult with their academic advisors regarding the alignment of these courses with General Education.

ALL OF THE FOLLOWING
ENG103W Academic Writing and Research 3
ENG301W Advanced Academic Writing and Research 3
HED179 First Aid, CPR, and Injury Prevention 1
MAT260 Statistics 3
PSC150 American Government (National) 3
PSY205 Child Through Adolescent Psychology 3
THA130 Acting I – Introduction to Acting 3
One course in Biological or Physical Science 4
ONE OF THE FOLLOWING
ART 101W/106/110/111/212/219W/224W/229W/234W/260/350 3
MUS 150/151 3
ONE OF THE FOLLOWING
HIS250 History of the United States to 1865 3
HIS251 History of the United States since 1865 3
TOTAL: 29

 

Professional Education Requirements:

ALL OF THE FOLLOWING
EDU170 Introduction to Curriculum and Instructional Design 3
EDU185 Foundations of American Education 3
EDU227W Educational Psychology 3
EDU228L Educational Psychology Field Experience 0.5
EDU370 Primary Literacy Methods 3
EDU371 Intermediate Literacy Methods 3
EDU380 Middle School Methods 3
EDU390 Educational Technology 2
EDU410 Strategies of Classroom Management 3
EDU455 Education Seminar 1
MED101 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I 3
MED102 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II 3
TOTAL: 30.5

 

Special Education Core Curriculum:

ALL OF THE FOLLOWING
SPE301W Foundations of Special Education 3
SPE302 Field Experience 0.5
SPE321 Collaborative Relationships 3
SPE328 Math Intervention 3
SPE329 Field Experience 0.5
SPE346 Language Development and Disorders 3
SPE358 Explicit Instruction in the Content Areas 3
SPE366 Special Education Law and Process 3
SPE413 Reading Intervention 3
SPE425 Practicum in Special Education Settings 2
SPE431 Diagnosis and Evaluation of Students with Disabilities 3
SPE441 Class. Adaptations for Learners – Mod/Severe Disabilities 3
SPE445 Advanced Practicum in Special Education Settings 8
SPE465 Student Teaching 15
TOTAL: 53

 

OPTIONAL: Elementary Education Self-Contained Endorsement:

A student wishing to add an Elementary Endorsement to his/her Professional Educator license must complete the following courses and pass the Elementary/Middle Grades (110) content area test:

EDU360 Math and Science for the Elem. School Teacher 3
EDU361 Elementary Science Methods 1
EDU362 Social Science Methods 1
EDU363 Fine Arts Methods 1
One course in Biological or Physical Science (must be different from the course used to fulfill the Content Area Standards) 4
TOTAL: 10

78.5 hours of coursework, consisting of the following:

Content Area Standards

The following Content Area Standards courses are required of all Special Education majors. Many of these courses align with requirements in the Eureka College General Education Curriculum. Students should consult with their academic advisors regarding the alignment of these courses with General Education.

ALL OF THE FOLLOWING
ENG103W Academic Writing and Research 3
ENG301W Advanced Academic Writing and Research 3
HED179 First Aid, CPR, and Injury Prevention 1
MAT260 Statistics 3
PSC150 American Government (National) 3
PSY205 Child Through Adolescent Psychology 3
THA130 Acting I – Introduction to Acting 3
One course in Biological or Physical Science 4
ONE OF THE FOLLOWING
ART 101W/106/110/111/212/219W/224W/229W/234W/260/350 3
MUS 150/151 3
ONE OF THE FOLLOWING
HIS250 History of the United States to 1865 3
HIS251 History of the United States since 1865 3
TOTAL: 29

 

Professional Education Requirements:

ALL OF THE FOLLOWING
EDU170 Introduction to Curriculum and Instructional Design 3
EDU185 Foundations of American Education 3
EDU227W Educational Psychology 3
EDU228L Educational Psychology Field Experience 0.5
MED101 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I 3
MED102 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II 3
TOTAL: 15.5

 

Special Education Core Curriculum:

ALL OF THE FOLLOWING
SPE301W Foundations of Special Education 3
SPE321 Collaborative Relationships 3
SPE346 Language Development and Disorders 3
SPE358 Explicit Instruction in the Content Areas 3
SPE366 Special Education Law and Process 3
SPE441 Class. Adaptations for Learners – Mod/Severe Disabilities 3
Plus an additional 16 hours of EDU/SPE electives 16
TOTAL: 34