REQUIREMENTS FOR PEL SCHOOL SUPPORT PERSONNEL ENDORSEMENT (SHORT VERSION)
The Illinois School Code specifies that a school social worker must have earned a Masters of Social Work degree from an accredited university program that has been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) as having met the criteria for preparing students for Professional educator’s License: Endorsement in School Social Work. The candidate for the certification must pass the School Social Worker (184) test. This is a specialized test over school social work knowledge and performance standards. Information on the state requirements for educator licensure can be found at https://www.isbe.net/pages/pel-school-support-ed-lic.aspx
Each university program develops its own curriculum and field experiences to meet the ISBE expectations. At the Carbondale campus of Southern Illinois University, students seeking the recommendation for school social work endorsement must successfully complete the core MSW program requirements plus the following courses:
- SPED 300 or SPED 420 which covers special education terms, laws, services
- SOCW 533 Social Work Practice in the Schools
- SOCW 567 Advanced School Social Work Issues
- SOCW 543 & SOCW 544 field practicum in a school social work field site under the supervision of a certified school social worker and participation in the integrative seminar experience.