About the Post-MSW School Social Worker Endorsement

The Jane Addams College of Social Work is a nationally recognized school with the mission of educating students to the level of professional social worker, advancing knowledge in the field, and providing leadership in the development and implementation of policies and services on behalf of the poor, the oppressed, racial and ethnic minorities, and other at-risk urban populations.

The School Social Work Specialization curriculum prepares students to become school social workers and prepares them to apply for the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Professional Educator License (PEL), School Social Worker Endorsement.

The Post-MSW (PEL) School Social Worker Endorsement program is a non-degree online program which prepares individuals who have already obtained an MSW to become eligible for the ISBE (PEL) School Social Worker Endorsement application process. This endorsement is required by the ISBE to practice as a school social worker in the state of Illinois.

The program involves a field education component (SOCW 574 and SOCW 575), which comprises a two-day-per-week placement in a school for a full school year, and two courses typically taken during the fall semester of enrollment. Students will receive assistance to secure a school-based field placement. Both courses (SOCW 480, Special Studies in School Social Work Practice and SPED 410, Survey of Characteristics of Learners with Disabilities) are fully online. SPED 410 is offered through the UIC College of Education. 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).

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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Information Sessions: Post-MSW PEL program information sessions for the academic year 2019-2020 will be held in the Fall of 2018. Please check back!

The application period for academic year 2018-2019 is January 15, 2018 – March 16, 2018. 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. Classes will begin in August 2018.

To be eligible to register, prospective students must submit an application:

Also, prospective students must submit all of the following supplemental materials to the Jane Addams College of Social Work (see below for address):

  1. Official transcript documenting a MSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program with GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  2. Submit required standardized test scores using the instructions outlined here: PEL Test Requirement Instructions
  3. Two letters of recommendation from professionals in the field.
  4. Resume.
  5. Personal statement.

Materials are due by March 16, 2018  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 Julie Fisher at (312) 996-0033 or by email fisherj@uic.edu.

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