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Professional Educator License for School Social Work

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

What You Need to Know

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:

  • SOCW 507:  School Social Work Practice
  • SOCW 519:  Public School Policy and Services
  • SOCW 531:  Field Practicum and Integrative Seminar
    This is a one semester internship working five days each week in a public school setting with an online component.

Requirements to Apply

  • Master of Social Work from a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • 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.

PEL Application Process

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Oct 15, 2021

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Social Work applicants must submit the following to apply:

  • PEL Certification Program Application
  • PEL and SSW Endorsement Program Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation

Applicants that completed a Masters in Social Work from a different CSWE Accredited Program:

  • 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.
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
    • Mail directly to:
      School of Social Work
      Illinois PEL with Endorsement in School Social Work Program
      1010 W. Nevada
      Urbana, IL 61801

PEL Application

Questions?

Cheryl Street

Director of Graduate Enrollment Management, Graduate Advisor, Graduate Records

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