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Post MSW- Professional Educator License with School Social Work Endorsement 

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

  1. A $30.00 non-refundable application fee.
  2. A completed graduate program application. Please make note of the specific requirements to apply to the social work program, found under the section titled “Additional Requirements by Program” on the Graduate Application. Click here for Graduate Application.
    A passing score on a test of basic skills—the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP 400), or in lieu of the TAP, the ACT or SAT. Please see the section “Test Requirements Explained” below.
  3. Those who seek to add a subsequent endorsement and have already passed an Illinois or other state’s test of basic skills (or achieved the required composite score on the ACT Plus Writing or SAT) are not required to pass the test again.
  4. You must hold an MSW from a CSWE accredited school of social work. Only those students who obtained a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 will be considered.
  5. You must complete a brief application and submit it with your application materials.

Essay Questions

Your typed essay should not exceed 2 pages. Please complete the following items:

  1. Please describe your interest in becoming a school social worker?
  2. Describe the professional experiences that you feel have best prepared you for practice within school settings:
  3. The school social work concentration requires a field internship commitment of 2-3 days per week, between the hours of 8am and 4pm. The internship requires 600 hours for a full semester. How would you meet these expectations?
  4. Please describe professional and/ or volunteer activities that have demonstrated your initiative and ability to work independently.
  5. Please describe professional and/ or volunteer activities that have demonstrated your ability to work with others from diverse professional backgrounds, and to work successfully in teams and groups.

 Plan of Study

Fall Semester Spring Semester Offered in Summer, Fall or Spring
SWK 5471.61
School Social Work Practice I
SWK 5472.61 School Social Work Practice II SPED 5301 Characteristics of the Exceptional Child
SWK 5464.61 School Social Work Field Practicum SWK 5474.61 School Social Work Field Practicum ---