Be Prepared to Effectively Teach Every Student in Your Classroom.

In the combined Special Education/Elementary Education program at Lewis University, students learn customized education methods for elementary success along with specific instructional strategies for special education. Upon graduation, students will earn two endorsements on their Professional Educator License - one in special education (LBSI K-12) and one in elementary education (1-6) - and will be prepared to teach in Illinois private and public schools. This program is a combined major and does not result in two degrees.

13:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
97% Pass EDTPA
130 School Partners

2+2 Program Option

Through unique partnerships with College of DuPage (COD) and Harper College, students may attend COD or Harper College for the first two years of the program and complete the final two years at Lewis University's main campus in Romeoville. Upon completion of the program, students receive a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education/Elementary Education degree from Lewis University.

The Combined Special Education/Elementary Education program is fully approved by the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board and the Illinois State Board of Education.

IEPP Exemplary Learning Behavior Specialist I IEPP Exemplary Elementary Education

Scholarship Options

  • Mines-Quinlan Annual Scholarship
  • Special Education Annual Scholarship
  • TEACH Grant
  • William B. Orenic Endowed Scholarship
  • Golden Apple Scholars

Visit the Financial Aid for Educational Studies page for more information on education scholarships.

Sample Courses:

  • Foundations of Instruction
  • Integrating Educational and Assistive Technology into the Classroom
  • Disability Studies in Education
  • Development and Characteristics of Learners
  • Methods of Teaching in Middle and Secondary Content Areas
  • Content Area Reading Strategies for Adolescent Learners
  • Transitions and Students with High Support Needs


  • Educators Rising
  • Best Buddies Illinois
  • Catholic and Lasallian Educators Program
  • Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education (KDP)
  • Black Student Union (BSU)
  • Latin American Student Organization (LASO)
  • Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA)

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of an introductory level methods course
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 (to enroll in the introductory methods course and to continue in the program)

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


Related Programs

For more information contact the Office of Admission at or call (815) 836-5250.

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