Social Work Practice Grounded in a Social Justice Ethos

Post-MSW Certificate in School Social Work-(PEL)
The primary goal of our program is to prepare effective school social work practitioners grounded in a social justice ethos. The program has been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and prepares candidates for Professional Educator License eligibility in school social work. School social work classes are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Candidates must pass the ILTS content test to become entitled for school social work licensure and short-term approval licensure.

Delivery Format: Classes are held in-person on campus and primarily offered in the afternoon/evening. Field Education is completed in fall and spring semesters off-campus in a school setting. Placements are arranged with the Director of Field Education at pre-approved sites. Scheduled times vary by selected site. Students can complete their PEL in as little as one academic year.

Curriculum: 9 credit hours
SOCW 8210: Social Work Practice in Schools (3)
SOCW 8510: Policy for School Social Workers (3)
SPED 6101: Survey of Exceptional Students (3)

Field Education: 10 credit hours (600 Field Hours)
SOCW 8600: Field Practicum III (3)
SOCW 8601: Field Practicum III Integrative Seminar (2)
SOCW 8700: Field Practicum IV (3)
SOCW 8701: Field Practicum IV Integrative Seminar (2)

Getting Started (Students start Fall semester of each year)
• Apply now by visiting:
• Submit your official MSW transcript and proof of graduate degree to
o Must show a GPA of 3.00/4.00 scale or better and that MSW is from a CSWE Accredited Program

Contact information: 708.534.4490 or or visit
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