To practice as a school social worker in an elementary, middle, or secondary school in Illinois, MSW students must obtain the Professional Educator License (PEL) with a school social work endorsement from the Illinois State Board of Education. Consistent with that requirement, the college requires students who are interested in the career of school social worker to submit a copy of the ACT plus Writing, SAT, or Test of Academic Proficiency. A student may be conditionally admitted into the school specialization prior to passing one of the three required tests. This policy applies to students in three of the four program options (Full-Time, PM-Extended Study, and Transfer). Advanced Standing students cannot be admitted conditionally due to the timeframe of their program.
The ACT Plus Writing exam must result in a composite score of 22 or higher, plus Writing test score of 19 or higher. The SAT score must entail critical reading + mathematics and equal a score of 1030 or higher, with a writing score of at least 450. Students who take the Test of Academic Proficiency must have a passing score on all subtests of the TAP. Information about the Test of Academic Proficiency can be obtained from the Illinois Certification Testing System at 800-239-8107 or www.icts.nesinc.com. Students must request an official score report and then forward that report to The Jane Addams College of Social Work. Do not request ICTS to send the report electronically to the College. The College cannot receive electronic reports.