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Post MSW School Social Work License

The Illinois State University School of Social Work is now accepting enrollment for the post-MSW School Social Worker license process. Social workers who currently hold an MSW degree from an accredited school of social work and wish to become qualified to acquire the Illinois State Board of Education license for school social work  must contact the  Director of MSW Student Services Amy Dennison at to begin the application process.

Candidates must pass the Test of Academic Proficiency through the Illinois Certification Testing System prior to taking any classes in the advanced curriculum of the School Social Work Concentration. Students may submit ACT or SAT scores in lieu of the TAP. The composite ACT score must be at least 22 with the writing test and the SAT score must be a composite score of 1030 with critical reading and math. The ACT or SAT scores must be from within the last 10 years. Information about this test can be found at

To take the content test, three academic courses plus a field practicum and seminar that spans the academic school year are required. These include:

  • SED 411 Survey of Special Education
  • SWK 461 School Policy
  • SWK 463 Social Work Practice in Schools

The field practicum would be full time and follow the school calendar. The field seminar is taken concurrently with the field practicum and meets once a week to provide integration of the advanced coursework with the field practicum.

School social work students will be required to pass the content area test for school social work prior to entering your last semester of study. Students should apply for the Professional Educators License with a school social work endorsement in their last semester through the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), allowing them to obtain employment as a School Social Worker. Information and registration for the content area test is available at:

2019-02-20T08:05:11.428-06:00 2019