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Southern Illinois University



Teacher Education Program

College of Education and Human Services

School Social Worker

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 a license in School Social Work. The candidate for licensure must pass the ELIS approved test required of all license teaching staff as well as the specialized test over school social work knowledge and performance standards.

School social workers are graduates of accredited school of social work and serve as a vital part of the educational team. They work together with educational administrators, teachers, counselors, psychologists, nurses, speech and language pathologists, and other staff. Their unique graduate level training in social work enables them to understand and interpret the influences of school, home, and community on children.