About the Post-MSW School Social Worker Endorsement

The Post-MSW Professional Educator License (PEL), School Social Worker Endorsement Program is a non-degree program that prepares individuals who have already obtained an MSW to become licensed school social workers. The curriculum prepares them for eligibility to obtain a PEL with a School Social Worker Endorsement, which is required to practice as a school social worker in the state of Illinois.

The program comprises a field education component spanning a full school year, and two additional courses typically taken during the fall semester of enrollment. The field education component (SOCW 574 and SOCW 575) involves an ISBE required school-based internship of at least 400 hours to be achieved over the academic year of the program through a minimum of two days per week in the setting. Both of the additional courses taken in the fall semester (SOCW 480 and SPED 410) are offered online.

Information Sessions:  If you are interested in applying to the Post-MSW PEL School Social Worker Endorsement Program you are encouraged to attend one of the numerous information sessions scheduled throughout the the fall and early winter.  Registration is required.

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Students are responsible for applying to the Illinois Licensure Testing System to take the required certification tests (Test of Academic Proficiency) prior to admission and Content Area Test prior to completion of field placement).

An applicant must have an MSW from a CSWE-accredited program with a grade point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale (A=4.00) and demonstrate evidence of commitment to work with children.

To be eligible to register for courses, prospective students must submit an application and all supplemental materials listed to the Jane Addams College of Social Work (see below for address):

Download PEL Program Application 

Supplemental materials:

  1. Official transcript denoting a MSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program with GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  2. A copy of the results of the Illinois Licensure Testing System Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) indicating passing scores on all subtests. Applicants may substitute the ACT Plus Writing or the SAT Plus Writing that was taken within the last ten years. Please visit the ISBE website for additional information
  3. Two letters of recommendation from professionals in the field.
  4. Resume.
  5. Personal statement.

Materials are due by March 15, 2019  and should be sent to:

Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
Jane Addams College of Social Work
University of Illinois at Chicago
1040 West Harrison (MC 309)
Chicago, Illinois 60607

If you have additional questions please contact Faith Bonecutter at (312) 996-3034 or by email faithjb@uic.edu.

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