Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) with Endorsement in School Social Work

What You Need to Know

We offer the Post-MSW Program for those seeking an Illinois PEL School Social Work Endorsement.  This licensed and endorsement is needed to practice social work in public schools in Illinois.

If you earned your MSW in a concentration other than school social work, you will need to take and complete coursework, as well as a one-semester internship in an Illinois public school.

You will complete the following requirements:

  • Spring Semester:

    • SOCW 507:  School Social Work Practice
    • SOCW 519:  Public School Policy and Services
    • These two courses will be offered in a blended format with only 4 required Saturday face-to-face sessions.
  • Fall Semester:

    • SOCW 531:  Field Practicum and Integrative Seminar
    • This is a one semester internship working five days each week in a public school setting with a online component.

Requirements to Apply:

  1. Master of Social Work from a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) from the university in which the MSW was obtained.  The Illinois State Board of Education requires that all students completing an educator licensure program obtain a C or higher in all graduate coursework.  A grade of C or higher must have been achieved in all graduate coursework completed for your MSW.
  3. The Illinois State Board of Education requires proof of passing one of the following. – You can view the minimum scores by using this link.
    • Test of Academic Proficiency  (TAP)
    • ACT plus writing
    • SAT
    • Basic Skills test

To learn more about the TAP and to register, go to: http://www.icts.nesinc.com
(Resources to study for the TAP are also available on this website)
You will also find study resources at:  http://www.longsdalepub.com/ilts-test.html

PEL APPLICATION PROCESS:

Deadline to apply for Spring 2018 is October 15, 2017

1)      If you received your MSW from the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, you will apply by submitting the following:

    1. PEL Certification Program Application
    2. PEL and SSW Endorsement Program Personal Statement
    3. Resume
    4. Proof of passing one of the following. – You can view the minimum scores by using this link.
      • Test of Academic Proficiency  (TAP)
      • ACT plus writing
      • SAT
      • Basic Skills test
    5. Three letters of recommendation
    6. Mail all materials to:
      School of Social Work
      Illinois PEL with Endorsement in School Social Work Program
      1010 W. Nevada
      Urbana, IL 61801

2)     If you have completed your MSW at another university or have NOT been a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign apply by completing the following:

  • Complete Graduate College Application

    • Three (3) letters of reference (must be academic and/or professional in nature).   Letters of reference are part of the online Graduate College Application.
    • Resume– This should include relevant education, volunteer, and work experience. The completed resume should be uploaded to the Graduate College Application under the .
    • Official Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. Mail directly to the School of Social Work.
    • Proof of passing one of the following. – You can view the minimum scores by using this link.
      • Test of Academic Proficiency  (TAP)
      • ACT plus writing
      • SAT
      • Basic Skills test