Ann Haskins Special Education Program

The Wheaton College Department of Education provides a unique approach for those interested in special education.

Wheaton College and the Haskins Foundation have partnered together to create a special education endorsement program that is designed to equip educators to effectively serve students with exceptional needs guided by a biblical worldview.

LBS1 Endorsement

  • Added to your Professional Educator’s License
  • Applies to your designated grade level
  • 18 credit hours
  • Issued upon licensure (graduation)

All education students, undergraduate and graduate, are encouraged to pursue an endorsement in special education. Whether your hope is to become a special education teacher or you are planning to be a regular classroom teacher, the Ann Haskins Special Education Program at Wheaton College helps future educators learn the strategies and resources to serve all students.

  • Special education teachers
  • Regular classroom teachers
  • Future administrators and leaders in education

Student Voice

Laura Smith“Thanks to the Ann Haskins Special Education Program, I am better prepared to provide a quality education for all of my students.  This endorsement process has equipped me to advocate for students with special needs and their families.  Through this opportunity, I have seen beauty in diversity.  I am excited to encourage and foster the potential of all students, including those with special needs.  I have accepted a general education 4th grade position in District 301 for next year. I am very excited about it.  It is a testament to the department that I actually got to choose between several possible positions.  I am very thankful for all the opportunities that the Education Department has provided me.”
- Laura Smith, '17


Classes & Recommended Sequence

LBS1 sequence chart

Year   Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year             

EDUC 135 - School and Society
(2 hrs)
EDUC 136 - Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
(2 hrs)
EDUC 136L-Cross-cultural Tutoring Practicum
(1 hr)

Sophomore Year  

EDUC 225 - Learning and Development
(2 hrs)
EDUC 225L - Teacher Aiding Practicum
(1 hr)
EDUC 305 - Learning Differences
(2 hrs)
EDUC 308** - Survey of Exceptional Children
(2 hrs)

EDUC 328** - Characteristics of Cross-Categorical Special Education
(4 hrs)
EDUC 328L** - Special Education Practicum A
(1 hr)

Junior Year  

EDUC 338** - Methods of Teaching Cross-
Categorical Special Education
(4 hrs)
EDUC 338L** - Special Education
Practicum B
(1 hr)

Professional methods block of courses for elementary education
(18 hours)

Senior Year


Student Teaching Semester
(14 hours)

EDUC 348** - Diagnosis and Assessment of Students with Disabilities
(4 hours)

Total hours (60)


26 - 31 hours

27 - 32 hours

Passage of the
Illinois LBS1
Content Exam



Endorsement issued upon
Licensure (Graduation)

**These courses specifically required for the SPED endorsement.


For more information, contact Professor Thomas Boehm, at or 630-752-5937.

Dr. Thomas Boehm

“Our desire is to empower our future teachers with the knowledge and resources of best practices to help them reach and inspire all students whether in a special education or regular classroom setting,”