Post MSW- Professional Educator License 

The MSW program of Chicago State University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The program prepares students to meet the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) requirements for School Social Workers and for advanced social work practice that utilizes strength-based and family-centered principles to work effectively with client systems. A Post MSW Illinois Professional Educator License with School Social Work Endorsement is available to students who have graduated from an accredited Master of Social Work program.

Instructions for Admission to the MSW- Professional Educator License with School Social Work Endorsement:

A $30.00 non-refundable application fee.

  1. A completed graduate program application.

Graduate and Professional Programs Application for Graduate Certificate Admission

  1. You must complete the Post MSW Supplemental Packet.

Supplemental Packet

  1. You must hold an MSW from a CSWE accredited school of social work. Hold a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 with at least a grade of B in all courses in the Social Work major.
  1. Application deadline for Post MSW Professional Educator License with School Social Work Endorsement Program is April 15th/ Admission: Fall only
  1. Application deadline for those who would like to be considered for field placement with Chicago Public Schools is January 15th

Program Requirements:

Students in the curriculum must take or have taken S ED 5301 Characteristics of the Exceptional Child or its equivalent. Transfer credit can be given for an equivalent course if taken previously at the graduate or undergraduate level.

In addition to S ED 5301 (3 credits), required courses in the Post MSW PEL program include:

  • 5474 Policy and Practice for School Social Work (3 credits)
  • 5464 Post MSW Field Practicum I (3 credits)
  • 5465 Post MSW Field Practicum II (3 credits)

 

Plan of Study

Can be taken in the Summer, Fall or Spring Semester Summer Before Recommended

Fall

Spring

SED 5301

Char.  Exceptional Child or its equivalent

5474 Policy and Practice for School Social Work (3 credits)

 

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5464 Field Practicum

300 hours

 5465 Field Practicum

300 hours

Must Pass the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Content Area Test (184) for school social work before the start of the second semester of the externship. Official test results with a passing test score are due by January 1st in order to continue. Test information can be found at www.il.nesinc.com.

Where will I be placed for field? Externship must be completed in a Illinois public school (non-therapeutic and/or non-alternative) for an academic year (August to June) for a minimum of two or three days per week. School should provide opportunities for learning experiences across grade levels.  

Applicants who would like to be considered for field placement with Chicago Public Schools must submit their application by January 15th

  • Most of the students in the Post MSW Program have several years of experience in social services and are often employed during their educational experience. Please consider the required field hours in your decision to work and your work schedule.