Professional Educator License (PEL), School Social Worker Endorsement

Make Your Impact as a School Social Worker!

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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.

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In the Words of Our Students

I’m so glad that I went out on a limb and went to your Post-MSW PEL session last January!  It was an intense semester, but so worth it!

I feel that I have grown both professionally and personally and been able to accomplish much more than I imagined I could in one semester.

I have had many moments with students where just being someone to listen and talk with them has seemed to make a big impact on their day. This is how I know I am glad that I pursued this program.

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